Many people who are planning to move overseas are concerned about whether they will need to learn the national language of the country they are moving to. In the overwhelming majority of cases, being able to fluently speak the language is a useful bonus and will usually make your move much easier, but it is far from essential and not a factor which should deter you from working abroad.
Although UK-qualified teachers are in demand around the world for a wide range of subjects and disciplines, a large number of the opportunities available are in teaching English. This is usually in the capacity of Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). Teachers appointed to these roles are expected to speak only English in the classroom to help and encourage the learning of the language.
There does remain a question about living and communicating in a country where English is not the first language. This can be quite a daunting prospect, but not one you should be fearful of. We place teachers in areas which are known for being welcoming and understanding of new arrivals, and local people are usually happy to help and assist, especially when you are making an effort to learn. When you are surrounded by a new language every day, it tends to be much faster and easier to pick up the words and phrases than it is during a standard language course.
There would never be a circumstance in which we sent someone on a teaching position where absolutely no one spoke English. Many of the colleagues, new friends and fellow professionals you meet will be bilingual and prepared to help you. While knowing some of the local language would be of benefit, it is far from being an essential requirement. If you would like to learn more about new roles teaching overseas, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we will be happy to provide you with the advice you need to prepare.