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Can You Teach in FE Abroad?

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by craponjag, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. craponjag

    craponjag New commenter

    I'm an Functional Skills and GCSE English Teacher at an FE institution in the UK and was wondering if anybody knew of any similar teaching opportunities abroad. I can see plenty for EFL or primary/secondary, but I was wondering if there were any FE posts specifically because that would make the transition a little easier because I'd better know what to expect. Also I don't want to walk into a teaching job with all the pressures of secondary because I don't really have any experience.

    Any websites you could refer me to would be great because nothing seems to come up in my Google searches.
  2. blueskiesmev

    blueskiesmev New commenter

    I taught in EFL in South Korea for 5 years. At a private academy, high schools and a university.

    High school is 16 - 18 so a similar age group to FE but like secondary school in structure. In S.K. all students go to high school and they sit the CSAT exam at 18, there is no equivalent to GCSE at 16. There is very little pressure in EFL in Korea so that's not something you need to worry about.

    With a teaching qualification and teaching experience an international school or a university are possibilities if you want more serious teaching.

    If you want any more information let me know.
  3. craponjag

    craponjag New commenter

    Thank you so much for your quick and informative reply.

    I'm not sure I want to teach EFL, but I guess I would if the money's right. I have a degree in English with Sociology and PGCE with ESOL/Literacy specialism, but would rather teach more English Lit than EFL. I have roughly 5 years teaching experience and the two most recent years are GCSE English Language. I guess this kind of thing is only offered in international schools and it's probably the baccalaureate.

    What sort of salary would expect to get in SK teaching EFL in an international school or university please?
  4. blueskiesmev

    blueskiesmev New commenter

    Here is a job for an international school that was posted today, they are not looking for English teachers but it gives you an idea:


    You'll also notice that they specify American curriculum. Koreans prefer American English. You have to learn to say things like 'trash can' and spell 'color'.

    The salary is 2.25 million KW a month which is around £1500 a month or £18000 a year. Return flights and accommodation are paid for as standard in Korea. Most people that travel to teach do it for the experience rather than the salary but that salary is OK as living expenses are quite low.

    At an international school though you should also expect the pressure of a secondary school.

    Below is an expired post for a university position:


    The salary is better but they don't provide accommodation and it is conversational English.

    Below is a link to the British Council, they have jobs all over the world, although mostly for EFL.


    Your original question was about FE abroad. I wouldn't have thought there is anything out there that would suit your requirements. FE is for vocational studies or part time learners and people abroad wouldn't be studying English lang/lit as a vocational subject and part time learners are predominantly looking for TOEFL or TOEIC qualifications. I think your choice would have to be either EFL or a secondary school in somewhere like Dubai.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
  5. craponjag

    craponjag New commenter

    That's so unbelievably helpful, thank you. I'll look into it. You are good prople.
  6. ydechauny

    ydechauny New commenter

    Hello, I am a French tutor in Further Education and jobs are becoming scarce because government is not funding FE as it used to. I was made redundant once and I lost a good teaching contract. FE is now giving zero hour contract which means no security. I would like to find another way to earn a living but I am not sure what I else I could do with my skills. If anyone has an idea please share I am stuck thank You. I am looking for something more secure than contract

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