Learn English as a Second Language ( ESL ) and See the World
Teaching English as a second language has many benefits:
- Getting certified is easy
- You can teach it domestically or abroad
- People of all ages get hired overseas
- Generally your round-trip airfare is paid
- Generally your lodging and sometimes meals are included
Granted the pay is low, but when you factor in the benefits above, you are actually earning a decent pay. Furthermore, the cost of living in many countries where you can teach is very low, so your pay goes further than you might believe.
And finally, teaching ESL is a fantastic way to see the world you otherwise may not be able to on your budget
English as a foreign or second language
English as a second language (ESL), English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) all refer to the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages. The precise usage, including the different use of the terms ESL and ESOL in different countries, is described below. These terms are most commonly used in relation to teaching and learning English, but they may also be used in relation to demographic information.
English language teaching (ELT) is a widely used teacher-centred term, as in the English language teaching divisions of large publishing houses, ELT training, etc. Teaching English as a second language (TESL), teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) are also used.
Other terms used in this field include English as an additional language (EAL), English as an international language (EIL), English as a lingua franca (ELF), English for special purposes, or English for specific purposes(ESP), English for academic purposes (EAP). Some terms that refer to those who are learning English are English language learner (ELL), limited English proficiency (LEP) and culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD).
English outside English-speaking countries
EFL, English as a foreign language, indicates the use of English in a non–English-speaking region. Study can occur either in the student's home country, as part of the normal school curriculum or otherwise, or, for the more privileged minority, in an anglophone country that they visit as a sort of educational tourist, particularly immediately before or after graduating from university. TEFL is the teaching of English as a foreign language; note that this sort of instruction can take place in any country, English-speaking or not. Typically, EFL is learned either to pass exams as a necessary part of one's education, or for career progression while one works for an organisation or business with an international focus. EFL may be part of the state school curriculum in countries where English has no special status (what linguist Braj Kachru calls the "expanding circle countries"); it may also be supplemented by lessons paid for privately. Teachers of EFL generally assume that students areliterate in their mother tongue. The Chinese EFL Journal and Iranian EFL Journal are examples of international journals dedicated to specifics of English language learning within countries where English is used as a foreign language.
English within English-speaking countries
The other broad grouping is the use of English within the Anglosphere. In what theorist Braj Kachru calls "the inner circle", i.e. countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, this use of English is generally byrefugees, immigrants and their children. It also includes the use of English in "outer circle" countries, oftenformer British colonies, where English is an official language even if it is not spoken as a mother tongue by the majority of the population.