How to maintain students over the summer months.
Typically, over the summer months, private tutors tend to find it more difficult to find new students because of school summer holidays.
One alternative is to consider Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A TEFL qualification can bring about many new tutoring opportunities as many international students look for English tutors to help with their tutorial work. Many businesses also contact self-employed TEFL tutors directly rather than using an agency.
A TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification gives you the knowledge and the skills to teach English grammar in a classroom or one to one environment. A TEFL qualification is a qualification on its own and not something that cannot be gained as a result of other qualifications, e.g. an English Degree.
There are a few different TEFL qualifications available including CELTA (Cambridge English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Trinity College of London’s CertTesol (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). When choosing a TEFL course it’s important to make sure that the qualification that you will gain is recognised and accredited.
It can be a relatively quick process, gaining a TEFL qualification if you’re willing to work hard for a few weeks and willing to pay for an intensive course. There are many language schools which offer courses and an intensive course lasts around one month and normally cost between £800 and £1000. It’s important to make sure that the language school you choose is accredited by the AAELC (Association for Accredited English Language Centres).
There’s a vast array of resources available on the internet, providing further information about TEFL courses and the Direct Gov website is a good place to start. There are also lots of free English Language Resources available through the British Council and TES Connect. Another great resource for teachers looking for work in Europe is Teacher Hit - a site with useful blog posts, specifically designed for teachers.