Learn a New Language While Teaching English Abroad
27 April 2012
While you are teaching English as a foreign language there is
nothing stopping you learning a new language yourself.
Teaching English abroad is an incredibly exciting experience.
You will be exposed to new cultures, people and a completely
different way of life. One of many valuable skills
that TEFL teachers take away from their experience is a
new language. You may be surprised at just how easy it is to pick
up a new language while living in a foreign country so why not make
a conscientious effort to learn it.
Before you go
There are a few things you can do to
prepare yourself before you set off to teach English abroad.
Travelling to a foreign country can be a bit daunting, especially
if you don't know any of the language. So why not focus on learning
some key phrases and words that will be useful to you before you
go. Don't try to cram learn the whole language - that will not
While you are abroad
You may want to keep a list of translations handy in case you
forget any of these. Keeping a pocket size phrase book or
dictionary will also be very helpful. In fact any resources you can
get hold of will help, remember it will always be better to be over
prepared than feeling like you don't have sufficient resources.
Remember, trying to converse in a foreign tongue will always make
the locals more willing to assist you and they will appreciate your
As you are teaching English in the classroom you will only be
speaking English. Locals will often be keen to practise their
English on you so don't worry if you are not fluent in a foreign
language when you first arrive!
In order to teach English abroad you will need to get an official TEFL certificate from TEFL