You’ve graduated with an English degree and now you are trying to figure out what kind of job you can get with it. Perhaps now is the time to take a break from perusing your favorite vape website and look at the opportunities available to people who teach English as a second language (ESL).

Surprisingly, there are lots of entry-level jobs in this field and they range from formally teaching in a school to tutoring online from your own home. There are even opportunities to travel. If this interests you, we invite you to continue reading to learn more about how you can teach English for fun and travel.

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⎆ The Prerequisites to Teach English

There are several concentrations that people can follow when they major in English in college. You can focus on writing, including creative, fiction or non-fiction. Or, you can devote yourself to the study of grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary. The latter course of study positions people well for becoming teachers of English as a foreign language.

⎆ Teach in a Classroom

To teach in a classroom you need a bachelor’s degree and often a master’s, plus a certificate to teach English. If you have an excellent command of the language of English and enjoy working with people, this could be the perfect job for you. 

⎆ Teach Through Volunteer Organizations

Teaching English is a ticket to travel. If you’ve always dreamed of seeing the world, there are many opportunities to do that while teaching. One way to accomplish this is through organizations like the Peace Corps. They pay for your travel expenses and a stipend when you sign up as a volunteer for two years.

⎆ Teach Through Private Schools

Additionally, there are many private language schools that hire college graduates. These are often located in Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, and Thailand. Many people use this opportunity to travel to countries they have always wanted to see. Moreover, they make money while doing it. 

⎆ Teach Through Private Tutoring Online

Some companies hire people to teach English as a foreign language through an online platform. Requirements include having a computer with a webcam and a microphone. This will enable you to see and talk to your students.

Teaching English online is very flexible and lets you set your own hours. If you work for a company, they pay you by the hour. However, if you work for yourself, you set your own fees. 

Teaching English as a second language is a good way to use an English degree to make a living. There are many different opportunities for work, fun, and travel. If this interests you, look into your options and start your adventure today.

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