Teach English with the British Council

What's it all about?

Although English is the third most common first language (behind Mandarin and Spanish) it’s increasingly seen as the world’s lingua franca with up to a billion people speaking it. It’s this growing demand that has led to a need for quality English teachers abroad, and there are a number of opportunities available through the British Council for English teachers of all levels.

Whether you’re a recently qualified CELTA or Trinity TESOL teacher, or someone with more than two years’ experience, we’ll help you find the right job, in the right place.

How can I start?

If you’re completely new to teaching English there are a few options available to you, depending on what you want to do, and where you want to go.

The most obvious place to start is by applying to be an English Language Assistant in one of our partner countries around the world. We have schools in Europe, China, North America and Latin America, all of which give great experience and come with a local salary.

If you’ve recently graduated and are looking for more formal qualifications then you’ll want to look at taking a Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA. This can be taken over the course of a single month or spread out over a year, and is recognized by the majority of teaching institutions around the world.

What can I do as a newly qualified teacher (NQT)?

If you’ve already obtained a Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELTA, but have less than two years’ teaching experience, then you can apply for our Teacher Support programme currently in Cairo, with other countries looking to implement a similar programme in the near future. This will you develop your skills and confidence through a combination of mentoring, teacher training classes and teaching hours. You can find more details here.

What positions are available for experienced teachers?

If you’ve got the right qualifications and a couple of years’ experience under your belt then we’ve a number of positions available across the globe.  From freelance positions paid by the hour to fixed term contracts, from a few weeks to a few years, all you need to know can be found on the jobs site.

We’d also recommend you sign up for our Vacancy Alert service. It allows you to select your own preferences, so you’ll only hear about the jobs you’re really interested in.

Where can I work?

We don’t have teaching positions in all the countries we work in, but you’ll find a list of our global education network.

How much funding will I get?

This completely depends on the job you’re applying for and your experience. Volunteering schemes and teaching assistant positions for students and graduates are normally well funded by the British Council, covering accommodation, living expenses and sometimes even flights. 

Other more senior positions normally come with their own salary, so it’s up to each individual institution.

What they say

“I took my CELTA intensive one-month course this July, which was truly fantastic, if not a little exhausting. The CELTA tutors really inspired me in my teaching and although the course was very demanding, I learnt so much in a short space of time. I’d really recommend a CELTA course to anyone who is considering teaching in any form, shape or size. Even though it may only be the beginning of a teaching career, it will provide you with a foundation of teaching methods that could enable you to teach anything and anywhere. It is incredibly worthwhile and the skills that you learn will transfer to many a job.”

– Isabel Roffe-Silvester, CELTA Graduate 2012