If English isn’t your first language, the great news is that you still can do TESOL. You may even find it makes you a better TESOL teacher, as you’ll be able to draw on your own experience of learning English as a foreign language.
We must warn you however that you’ll need to work harder to find a TESOL job if English isn’t your first language. Unfair as it may seem, a lot of TESOL employers advertise for “native English speakers only”. On top of that, countries including Saudi Arabia, South Korea and China tend to only issue TESOL work permits to passport holders from native English speaking countries.
However, if you’re a fluent English speaker with a recognised TESOL qualification then you CAN do TESOL – particularly if you’re flexible about where you work.
To increase your chances of landing that all important first TESOL job, try:
But most of all, don’t give up. You may well get a few knock backs along the way but always remember that you can do TESOL even if English is not your first language.