Teach English Abroad Salary

What’s the teach English abroad salary in the world?

I’ve been getting loads of emails asking about average salaries in different countries for English teachers. ESL teaching is one of the best and easiest ways to live and make money abroad. There are numerous wonderful places to choose to teach English. But it all comes down to quality of living. English teachers get paid in peanuts in some places but the cost of living is very reasonable and they end up saving some money in such places. But there are some places out there that you can make thousands and thousands of dollars each month but it wouldn’t even be enough to see the end of the month in some places. It’s all about the cost of living.

Thailand is one of the most popular places among ESL teachers. The reason for that is of course the cost of living is very low and also quality of living is very high. You won’t making loads of cash in Thailand, but you will have such great lifestyle. English teachers get paid more than any other middle class Thais. But if you don’t have a degree or if you get a work in government schools then you’ll have difficult time to save money.

Korea is also similar to Thailand. English teachers get paid just enough money to be able to survive but mostly they have overtime hours to get some extra cash. If you can adopt to Korean culture and start living like one of the locals then your salary will be just fine to have a good living. But it might be better to consider go moderate with your spendings.

Indonesia and India are some of the less paying countries. But the cost of living is ridiculously low in these countries. Especially in Indonesia not much to do so you might even end up saving quite chunk money each month. India is a huge country and full of surprises. So you might end up spending most of your money travelling on your holidays. But it is quite possible to have a good living style if you eat what Indians eat, if you stay where Indians stay, if you hang out where Indians hang out instead of carrying on with your old habits.

Europe is a great continent to teach English. The main reason for that is of course the salaries that they pay for English teachers. But Europe is not cheap. Accommodation, food, drinks, transportation, travelling etc. They all quite pricey. Turkey is probably one of the best locations to teach English in Europe. Since they are not in the European Union the prices are still quite lower than other places in Europe. Especially in Istanbul you can get a good paying ESL job easily. Spain and Italy are two wonderful places to be. But since they are the part of EU, cost of living is incredibly high in these places. And actually they pay not very well to English teachers if you are not lucky or well qualifies to get private school jobs. Prague could be a good place to look into. Cost of living and teacher salaries are kind of matching to provide you a nice living.

I’ll give you some numbers but these teach English abroad salary numbers will make sense if you have knowledge about the cost of living on each country.

Here’s some numbers for you to see exactly how English teachers getting paid in some countries;

English Teacher Salaries in Thailand:

Teacher salary is around $1,000 to $1,500 per month.
Avarage working hours 27 hours a week in Thailand

English Teacher Salaries in Korea:

Teacher salary is around $1,800 to $2,200 per month.
Avarage working hours 25 hours a week in Korea

English Teacher Salaries in Vietnam:

Teacher salary is around $1,500 to $1,800 per month.
Avarage working hours 25 hours a week in Vietnam

English Teacher Salaries in India:

Teacher salary is around $900 to $1,500 per month.
Avarage working hours 20-40 hours a week in India

English Teacher Salaries in Prague:

Teacher salary is around $1,000 to $1,400 per month.
Avarage working hours 25 hours a week in Prague

English Teacher Salaries in Turkey:

Teacher salary is around $1,200 to $1,700 per month.
Avarage working hours 28 hours a week in Turkey

English Teacher Salaries in Spain:

Teacher salary is around $1,700 to $2,300 per month.
Avarage working hours 20-40 hours a week in Spain

English Teacher Salaries in Italy:

Teacher salary is around $1,600 to $2,000 per month.
Avarage working hours 28 hours a week in Italy

English Teacher Salaries in Indonesia:

Teacher salary is around $600 to $800 per month.
Avarage working hours 25 hours a week in Indonesia

English Teacher Salaries in Japan:

Teacher salary is around $2,500 to $3,000 per month.
Avarage working hours 20-40 hours a week in Japan

The Best TEFL and TESOL Courses in the World

I’ve been getting this question quite often recently. “Which course is the best one?”, “Which one has the best value?” etc. I’ve just made a quick research for you and came up with a list of the best TEFL and TESOL courses in the world. Some of my criteria are course fees, accreditation, course locations and of course the course reviews.

On-Site TEFL Courses

1. TEFL Course:

ITTT’s TEFL course is definitely the best teaching English as a foreign language certification program out there. They provide internationally accredited TEFL certificate in more than 30 location in the world. Here’ the list of their course locations;

  • Teach English in Alexandria, Egypt
  • TEFL Course Athens, Greece
  • TEFL Certification Course in Ban Phe, Thailand
  • Barcelona TEFL Course, Spain
  • TEFL Beijing, China
  • Teach English in Brittany, France
  • Teaching English Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Calcutta TEFL Course, India
  • Teach English as a Foreign Language in Cebu, Philippines
  • Chiang Mai TEFL, Thailand
  • TEFL Course in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Corinth TEFL Certification Course, Greece
  • ESL in Florence, Italy
  • TEFL Granada, Spain
  • TEFL Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Kathmandu TEFL, Nepal
  • TEFL Limerick, Ireland
  • TEFL Course in London, England
  • TEFL Malaga, Spain
  • Manuel Antonio TEFL, Costa Rica
  • TEFL Courses in Natal, Brazil
  • Teach English Course in New York City, USA
  • English Teaching Course in Paris, France
  • TEFL Courses in Phuket, Thailand
  • TEFL Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome TEFL, Italy
  • Get TEFL Certificate in Santorini, Greece
  • Seville TEFL Course, Spain
  • Shanghai (Hangzhou) TEFL, China
  • TEFL Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Sydney TEFL, Australia
  • TEFL Certificate in Tokyo, Japan
  • TEFL Course Zhuhai, China

Their price range is start from $190 goes up to $1,490 depending on the course type.

2. TESOL Course:

TESOL Course offers an internationally accredited TESOL Certificate that allow you to teach English worldwide. They also have more than 30 TESOL Course destination in the world. They graduate thousands and thousands of people each month. Very trustworthy and affordable TESOL Course option.

Teach English in Alexandria, Egypt

  • TESOL Course Athens, Greece
  • TESOL Certification Course in Ban Phe, Thailand
  • Barcelona TESOL Course, Spain
  • TESOL Beijing, China
  • Teach English in Brittany, France
  • Teaching English Course in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Calcutta TESOL Course, India
  • Teach English as a Foreign Language in Cebu, Philippines
  • Chiang Mai TESOL, Thailand
  • TESOL Course in Chiapas, Mexico
  • Corinth TESOL Certification Course, Greece
  • ESL in Florence, Italy
  • TESOL Granada, Spain
  • TESOL Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Kathmandu TESOL, Nepal
  • TESOL Limerick, Ireland
  • TESOL Course in London, England
  • TESOL Malaga, Spain
  • Manuel Antonio TESOL, Costa Rica
  • TESOL Courses in Natal, Brazil
  • Teach English Course in New York City, USA
  • English Teaching Course in Paris, France
  • TESOL Courses in Phuket, Thailand
  • TESOL Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome TESOL, Italy
  • Get TESOL Certificate in Santorini, Greece
  • Seville TESOL Course, Spain
  • Shanghai (Hangzhou) TESOL, China
  • TESOL Surabaya, Indonesia
  • TESOL Certificate in Tokyo, Japan
  • TESOL Course Zhuhai, China

3. Bridge TEFL

Bridge TEFL is one of the well known and trustworthy TEFL corporations that offer accredited TEFL Certificate to its graduates. They have 29 different location that you can choose and attend to their TEFL program. They are;

  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Cambodia
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain
  • England
  • Ireland
  • USA
  • Mexico
  • Guetamala
  • Costa Rica
  • Colombia
  • Peru
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Chile

Their prices start from $1,995 goes up to $2,495 depending on the course. They are not the most affordable courses but they are definitely one of the good TEFL Courses around. They have many graduates and positive reviews out there.

4. i to i:

i-to-i is one of the most known TEFL Course companies in the world. They have more than 16 TEFL Course destination that you can attend. They are;

  • China
  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • Spain
  • France
  • Czech Republic
  • Italy
  • Greece
  • South Africa
  • Turkey
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Ecuador
  • Costa Rica

Their prices start from r4,999 goes up depending on the type of the course. They are definitely one of the best and most bargain courses out there.

These are just the 4 big companies that you can trust and no question marks left in your mind. But of course there are loads of companies out there if you search online. I humbly suggest you to send them an email or give them a call to see how professional they are. If you feel comfortable with any TEFL course, go for it. I just tried to give some example for you to start your searches.

Learning modes: young learners vs adults

Adult Learners

It is of great importance for the teacher to know how to approach teaching learners of different age. It is obviously a mistake if you think you can walk into a class of 9 year olds with a lesson plan that was originally prepared for college students. The duty and role of the teacher is to understand the needs and interests of different age groups to maximize learning.
It is impossible to expect children to sit in one place and listen to a lecture on grammar points and then learn the new language and use it. The most effective way to teach children is through playing as they are full of energy and excitement. We need to find ways of using this energy in the learning process.

Although young learners usually are made to attend a class by an adult and lack motivation in this respect, they have minds that absorb knowledge very fast and they are ready to learn, throughout the day, form every single activity they do and never get tired. Children learn with all of their senses, they listen, touch and feel, look, smell, and move in order to learn and gain experience. They like colorful environment that is full of excitement with different activities. They like playing and the most effective way you can teach them is through different interesting individual and group activities.

Young learners like to be noticed and praised by their teacher all the time and crave for the individual attention they can get from their teacher. For this reason a teacher of young learners should be prepared to come down to the physical level of the students, sit beside them, play with them, color with them and show them that he is sharing with them the enjoyment of the activities they do.

Children have a short concentration span and the teacher needs to facilitate himself with loads of fun, interesting and varied activities to keep the children’s attention engaged throughout the lesson. It is useful to use a variety of activities like singing, coloring, painting, playing games, making shows, and different movement activities to achieve the best possible results in the teaching process.

Adults, on the other hand, are able to sit in one place and listen to the teacher. They are usually self motivated and have a reason for attending the class. They can learn by repeated conscious practice and deliberate use of new language learned. Class environment for adults is usually less colorful, although they would also benefit from some unusual class setting or some fun group activities.

Although adults are usually slower in learning than young learners, they have a life full of experience with them which is invaluable when the teacher is trying to encourage discussions or introduce different activities in a session. Adults can use their life experiences to make the lesson discussions interesting and enjoyable as even in adults, learning takes place through connecting the new knowledge to real life experiences. Therefore the teacher needs to find subjects and prompts that are interesting to adults and encourage them to use the language learned to express their opinion.

Because of these clear differences between the ways young learners and adults learn, it is necessary for the teacher to know in which group his students fall, before preparing a lesson plan.

Teaching EFL in a Kindergarten

kindergarten teachers

One of the scariest days of my life was the day I stepped into a large room full of Italian children ranging from ages 3 to 5 with the intention of teaching them a bit of English. There were 20 of these tiny people staring back at me and speaking a mile a minute in Italian, a language I am still myself trying to get a handle on, not to mention the children’s teacher sitting over there in the corner watching this all go down. What had I gotten myself into? My hands were shaking so much I could barely get my fingers to perform the simple action of scrolling down the playlist on my iPod to find the truly corny but effective ‘Hello Song’. How was I ever going to get through the next 30 minutes. But I did, and it was fantastic. Why? Because I was prepared, had done my research and most of all, I had fun.

That fateful day occurred before I had taken the TEFL course, I had had little experience teaching children and zero experience teaching English as a foreign language. I realized that preparation was essential to success. Hours of online research led me to tons of literature, advice, ideas, materials, games and songs, to list a few, I found the most helpful websites to be: atozteacherstuff.com, turtlediary.com, eslkidstuff.com and pre-kpages.com. My favourite songs and short video clips come from dreamenglish.com.

When creating an EFL lesson plan for children of kindergarten age we need to remember to keep it simple, exciting and with activities that vary in intensity. What you want to remember though is that these children aren’t yet reading, some of them haven’t yet learned to write their names, which means they will be getting all their learning from see, touch, listen and do. Repetition in your lesson plans is vital whether it be the same hello and goodbye songs, the same way everyone introduces themselves each day or discussing the day and weather each time you meet. They will expect these repetitions, they will learn them quickly and they will remember them. Don’t forget to be a good role model, practice proper social skills and be respectful of the children. Say please and thank you, the children will follow your lead. As written in ‘The Top 10 Tips For Student Teaching in Kindergarten’, being courteous and respectful ‘does not come naturally, and in too many cases they are not modeled at home’.

Be organized! The moment you turn your back because you’ve forgotten the animal masks in your bag at the other end of the room, is the very moment your little friends will start touching or pinching each other, one will start rolling around on the carpet, which to the others looks totally hilarious and will want to join in themselves, someone will have to pee and someone else will be dying of thirst. In that instant, you’ve lost them. If you’ve only got 30 minutes with these fabulous people, re-gaining control and focus will waste a lot of time. Don’t forget, the ‘real’ teacher is still sitting in that corner taking this all in, guaranteed to be chuckling ever so slightly to herself. We all learn as we go and these things will inevitably happen from time to time as we discover what works and what doesn’t work according to our specific situations.

Teaching EFL to kindergarten children can be very rewarding because they learn quite quickly whether it’s a song, animal names, numbers or colours. They are very eager learners as noted in the study ‘Early EFL Learning In Context – Evidence From a Country Case Study’, the excitement of achieving a goal is high for these new learners, they will be anxious to prove to you what they’ve learned, not to mention they’ll also like to show off to their teachers, parents, grandparents, friends and pretty soon everyone in town will be talking about that fantastic English teacher! Well, one can only hope anyway.

Discipline in the classroom


Regardless of a teacher doing everything to the best of their ability, discipline within the classroom is still likely to be an issue. Specifically when dealing with children.

One way to assert control of the classroom is for a teacher to make sure that they have everyone’s attention before the lesson begins. If students are given the impression it’s okay to talk while the teacher is giving instructions initially, it will be harder to gain respect later down the long. The volume of a teachers voice can also have a large effect on students focus. A quiet voice may oftentimes actually be beneficial. Moreover, yelling is not effective.

Monitoring the classroom is also very important as opposed to a teacher sitting at his/her desk while the class does work. This will ensure that students are on their toes and also to give students who need extra help attention as well as showing the class that the teacher is involved and interested in their learning.

A teacher should always be respectful of all students and maintain fairness regardless of anything. I still have a personal vendetta against my second grade teacher who chose one girl to be her favorite student. Also as a nanny I know how sensitive children can be to fairness. When one child is unfairly given an object or attention than another is can be extremely damaging to a child.

Along similar lines, I think it’s important for teachers to be a model for their students. If a teacher is fair, on time, organized, patient, and passionate about the subject they’re teaching than it’s far more likely students will follow the same path. Especially with younger children who seek approval of their teacher this aspect could be particularly important.

Environment of a classroom can also very much have an effect on students discipline. If a classroom has little personality and is dull in respect, students may feel oppressed by their environment. By using colors, visual posters, etc. a teacher can create an environment where students want to spend time.

Even if a teacher doesn’t consider him or herself to be a disciplinary individual, it’s essential in the classroom to be patient, and nurturing, but also assertive in terms of discipline. I would argue this is far more important at the beginning of a course than anytime during the duration. I argue this because it’s easier to become more lax in discipline than it is to become more assertive gradually. Students aren’t as likely to respond if they have walked over a teacher in the past. Additionally, I don’t think this course mentioned “positive discipline” specifically but I’ve found it’s incredibly powerful. As opposed to listing things that students cannot do, it’s often more effective for a teacher to describe the types of behavior they do want. For example, “No yelling” could be phrased with “Quiet voices are used in the classroom”.

Last, as I’m sure is evident, much of disciplining a class has to do with how a teacher handles behavior that are not behavioral issues. Meaning, if a teacher sees good behavior, than that behavior should be praised. That way, good behavior is reinforced. Also, class room management is a continual process and not something that merely arises when there is an issue.

British English vs. American English

To begin with I must emphasize that Americans do not have an official national language though most Americans mistakenly declare that they speak English and it is the official language of the United States.

The American language is to English as Laotian is to Thai.

Both are quite similar but there are too many differences to call them both English.

I would argue that the British speak English and it is their language and part of their national pride to speak and write it with precise clarity.

Americans on the other hand are not so proud or precise concerning their language. While the States began with British roots, and in the beginning were speakers of English, the language took on a twist because of the many cultures and languages that have become a part of the nation over the last 200 years or so and while it is true that the American language is similar to English it is no longer valid to call it English.

Some differences are quite pronounced because certain words have totally different meanings between the two languages and each language has words foreign to the other.

Subtle differences include spelling such as colour (British) and color (American). Other differences are not so obvious until mistakenly used in the wrong place. For instance a British person would not be offended to have someone tell them they look gay (meaning happy) but an American may punch your nose for insulting him, a British person might ask you for a fag (cigarette) but ask an American the same question and they will avoid any contact with you from that point on.

The American language also varies quite a bit from one region to the next depending on past educational opportunities of settlers in specific areas, cultural background of the main immigrant group settling the area and adapted words and method of speech consistent throughout the region.

I grew up in the Southern States and one of our language deviations was the word ain’t. You will not find this word in the English dictionary but it was officially recognized as a valid word in 1970 and first published in the American dictionary. Essentially ain’t is a Southern States word that means isn’t, won’t, can’t, aren’t and am not.

There is actually enough difference between British and American language that I dare say a majority of Americans would need a dictionary to understand an article written in actual English and many have a great deal of trouble understanding a British person when speaking.

I believe it is imperative that anyone who wishes to teach English should familiarize themselves with the British English because it is the standard used in most foreign countries where English is not the native language. I have experienced this in my travels and while many people I have met are hesitant at first to speak English they are put at ease when I tell them I speak American and have trouble with English myself.
I was taught proper English in High School so I am one of the last generations in America to get a real education and taking a course in English so I can be certified to teach it has helped me greatly.

Perhaps someday America will officially adopt English as the national language and it will once again be taught with the preciseness and clarity it deserves.

Motivation in the Classroom

motivation in the classroom

In order for any student or teaching program to be successful, one vital ingredient is required – Motivation. Without it, students have no desire to learn and, therefore will consign themselves to failure.

This assessment has been supported by numerous researches made in to the subject.

  • High motivation in students is linked to reduced dropout rates and increased levels of student success (Dev, 1997; Blank, 1997; Ames, 1992; Newmann, Bryk, & Nagaoka, 2001).
  • Intrinsically motivated students retain information and concepts longer, and are less likely to need remedial courses and review (Dev, 1997).

Student motivation, therefore, is a precious commodity within the classroom environment, but how do we achieve it? As teachers, it is our job to try and encourage our students to achieve success. We therefore must understand how to motivate our students. So, what can we do?

There are several schools of thought on this matter but there are several factors on which they all agree.

According to the Reeve study (1996) student motivation is influenced by both internal and external factors that can start, sustain, intensify, or discourage behaviour.

Behaviour Breeds Behaviour

Simply put, as human beings, we reflect the behaviour of those around us. In this instance, that means us, the teachers. If we appear listless, disinterested and bored, our students will replicate this behaviour. Conversely, if we appear to be engaged in the subject, vibrant, attentive and motivated, this pattern of behaviour will be transmitted to our students.

Engage students in setting learning goals.

Make sure that goals are challenging, but achievable. Encourage students to take ownership for their learning, and to reflect on what they have learned and accomplished.

Make real-world connections.

Help students see how skills they are learning can be applied to the real world. Use technologies for learning that students are already choosing to use outside of class.

Recognize individual differences.

Not every student will be motivated by the same thing. Give students individual feedback. Remind them that success often requires persistence and a willingness to overcome obstacles.

Reward with care.

Students who are motivated only to avoid failure or to earn a certain grade rarely exert more than the minimum effort to meet their goal. Give prompt feedback and praise good work to help build students’ self-confidence.

Foster collaboration rather than competition among students.

Encourage students to master skills at their own rate, for their own benefit, rather than competing with classmates.

Recognize developmental differences.

Student engagement in school tends to decline as students get older (Anderman & Midgley, 1998). By middle school, peer influences have an increasing effect on motivation. Therefore, as the school or educational organisation allows, accurate streaming of the pupils is beneficial to motivation. If students can be place in classes with other students of similar development levels, lessons can be planned to their abilities and levels, therefore inviting a classroom atmosphere of development. Like minded students can act as a form of motivation for each other.

By noting the methods in which students can be motivated and incorporating these into their lesson plans, a teacher can improve the motivation of the students in their charge, and, as research has shown, propel them to higher levels of achievement. That is, after all is said and done, the reason for being a teacher.