Kira0311
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Hello,
I'm a final year history undergraduate and I'm considering teaching English abroad as a career, at least for the next few years but I'm worried about the fact that I'm not doing a relevant degree e.g. linguistics, TESOL, education. I've seen a fair few internships that don't necessarily require a relevant degree or sometimes a degree at all, but I worry that without a relevant background I might struggle with some of the more technical elements. I was hoping to hear from people who went into TEFL teaching who didn't have a relevant degree and how they found the training, and whether they feel it may have been worth it to have done some sort of postgraduate course or something in a relevant field?

Thanks!
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(Original post by Kira0311)
Hello,
I'm a final year history undergraduate and I'm considering teaching English abroad as a career, at least for the next few years but I'm worried about the fact that I'm not doing a relevant degree e.g. linguistics, TESOL, education. I've seen a fair few internships that don't necessarily require a relevant degree or sometimes a degree at all, but I worry that without a relevant background I might struggle with some of the more technical elements. I was hoping to hear from people who went into TEFL teaching who didn't have a relevant degree and how they found the training, and whether they feel it may have been worth it to have done some sort of postgraduate course or something in a relevant field?

Thanks!
You can teach English abroad with a wide variety of degrees but you would have to do TEFL training first. I have friends who studied English, Dentistry and Pharmacy who all taught English abroad. This is one company that you can apply for roles for if you would like more information: https://www.englishfirst.com/esl-job...lish-overseas/
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I taught TEFL with a psych degree. look up the requirements in your preferred countries as some places will literally take anyone but a position say in UAE is super competitive.
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I taught TEFL with a psych degree. look up the requirements in your preferred countries as some places will literally take anyone but a position say in UAE is super competitive.
How did you find the experience of teaching without having a background in english language teaching? How challenging was it to learn the technical stuff about language features etc?
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How did you find the experience of teaching without having a background in english language teaching? How challenging was it to learn the technical stuff about language features etc?
at first I felt a bit like a fish out of water, it's shocking how little I knew about my own language! But you pick it up fast. you'll always know when something is good or bad English because it will sound good/bad, you just need to take a little time at first before your class to make sure you get the grammar. the main thing is just to learn the uses of the tenses in a simple way.

pro tip... if you ever get stuck or confused blame in on American English
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