Teaching Opportunities in East Asia

The British Council has been teaching English and working in the areas of Arts and UK Education for more than 75 years.  

We have approximately 25 teaching centres in the following countries :

Japan Vietnam Singapore Malaysia
Korea Indonesia Taiwan Thailand
Myanmar Hong Kong    

We also have operations and do work in China and the Philippines.

East Asia is a diverse and culture-rich region which provides exciting professional opportunities and excellent travel and food options.  Working with the British Council is a fantastic way to experience and understand the culture, history and hospitality of this fascinating region.  

In 2014 – 2015, we reached 128,883 students through our teaching centres.  We teach a mixture of adults, young learners and very young learners.  The very young learners area is experiencing significant growth in the East Asia region.  The demand for high quality English language provision continues to grow, with more and more young people seeking to improve their English in order to access better jobs and educational opportunities.  In addition, British Council is heavily involved with teacher training throughout the region.

We offer professional development opportunities, networking opportunities and a stimulating and supportive work environment.

For queries relating to recruitment, please email: EAteacher.Recruitment@britishcouncil.org.sg



‘Only having worked at the British Council for 9 months, it’s been gratifying to receive so many opportunities for professional development. Taking the YL extension to the CELTA has improved my teaching considerably, both for YLs and adults. The first aid and CPR training as well as many interesting INSETTs have broadened my knowledge of not only teaching but the world around us. I’d recommend this organisation to anyone with an active curiosity in personal development.’

Robin Fewster, Instructor of English, Siam Square, Thailand


‘I am the Senior Teacher of Adults at the British Council in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.  I started at the British Council in 2010 after completing my CELTYL and DELTA.  In this one centre I’ve been a teacher, a coordinator and now I’m the Senior Teacher of Adults. As well as being a Senior Teacher, I am a trainer on our in-house TYLEC and Trinity diploma courses.  I enjoy working here because I’ve been able to take on new challenges and the support I’ve had from my managers has been great.’ 

Julian Burnley, Senior Teacher of Adults and Young Adults, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


‘I joined British Council in Madrid in 2010 and moved to British Council Tokyo in 2012. I have been supported greatly in both centres and have had numerous opportunities to develop professionally including completing my DELTA and becoming ICT Coordinator and Line Manager, as well as completing training to become an IELTS examiner and collaborating on a research project with British Council teachers from around the globe.’

Peter Brereton, Teacher of English, Japan


‘I’ve been working for the British Council for four years now, both in Cairo and now Ho Chi Minh City. During this time I have actively been encouraged and supported by Academic Management and fellow colleagues to develop myself as both a teacher and teacher trainer. Working in Asia is fast-paced, exciting and provides many opportunities for teachers to specialise in their chosen area of focus for career development. To-date I have completed the YL Extension to the CELTA, DipTESOL and been a TYLEC tutor, all of which have been highly motivating and rewarding.’

Hayley Bryan, Senior Teacher Professional Development and High School Students, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam