In the 1980s the streets of Japan were paved with gold for English speaking teachers looking for ESL jobs abroad. Salaries for full time English teachers at private schools in Japan often exceeded 400,000 yen per month, and English teachers were a sought after commodity.
I was thinking to myself just earlier, "I know I care to update my ESL blog today, but what'll be the 'topic'?", and the weather today was just weird enough that it took "center stage". It was hot and cold, windy and still, wet and dry, all within the space of a few blocks and over the course of a few hours.
As a part of my job I regularly give talks to groups of local TESL/TEFL/TESOL/CELTA students who are finishing their TESL courses. I get invited by local TESL schools local colleges with TESL programs to talk about international employment opportunities for TESL graduates.
It’s the revenge of the nerds (and the jocks) – if you are a licensed math, science or physical education teacher, you have multiple employment options in the United Arab Emirates – especially in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
I knew that I wanted this post to be on this topic, as "up-credentialing" has become a repeatedly observed trend in the job market. Here are the top hits for it just now when I'd searched via Google, all from recent years:
The two poles of the ESL world are somewhere in East Asia and the Middle East, respectively. For recent graduates thinking of teaching abroad, the job search will most likely focus on established ESL markets in Japan, Korea, China or Taiwan.