ACE Job Centre

Every month, there are thousands of jobs advertised globally for English language teaching positions. The ACE Job Centre will help you navigate your way through the process of finding a job in the English language teaching industry. 



 Your Resume

Before applying for any positions, take the time to put together a strong resume tailored for English language teaching positions.

Follow these guidelines:

Profile Statement: Start with a profile statement that helps the employer understand who you are, what your teaching style is and what you believe about language teaching.

Objectives: Clearly state your objectives. What type of work are you looking for (Full-time, Part-time, Substitute, Contract)? What types of classes do you want to teach (children, teenagers, business English, test preparation)?

Education: List your education, starting with your ACE teacher training courses.

Professional Experience: List all of your teaching experience. Highlight the levels and any specialty courses you have taught and any extra responsibilities (materials development, testing, management) you have had. If you do not have a lot of teaching experience, include any tutoring, coaching and staff training you have done. Include your practicum experience from your ACE teacher training courses.

Additional Skills: Indicate the languages you speak, your computer skills, and any additional qualifications you have.

Important Note: Make sure that your resume addresses all job criteria outlined in recruitment advertisements. Use the same key words the employer uses. Also, for overseas positions, it is common for a school to ask you to provide a photograph of yourself as well as a resume and cover letter.

Please view this sample resume for ideas on how to write your own resume.


Your Job Search

The best place to start to get a sense of what jobs are out there is the internet. Other sources of job postings and schools to contact are your local paper and the yellow pages. Word of mouth also works. Let people know you are looking for an English language teaching position.

In your search for a job, you will come across different organizations that are recruiting teachers.

INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS: Some schools do their own recruiting. If you apply, you will be speaking directly with someone who knows the school very well.

CHAIN SCHOOLS: There are a number of very large chains of language schools. The chain may just have schools in one country or they may have schools around the world. Chain schools will have a central office and/or recruiting offices in different major urban areas. If you apply, you will be speaking with someone whose job focuses exclusively on finding teachers for the company.

RECRUITMENT AGENCIES: There are recruiting or placement agencies who hire teachers on behalf of schools. The recruiters may work with schools in just one country or with schools in many countries. They match qualified teachers with an appropriate school according to what the school is looking for and what the teacher wants.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES: The public education sector in many countries also hire ESL teachers. Teaching positions may be in the primary, secondary, college or university level. Continuing Education departments, Adult Education programs as well as non-profit and volunteer organizations also hire ESL teachers.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS: Some organizations operate programs that place volunteer ESL teachers in countries and schools that can not necessarily afford to hire their own teachers. These organizations cater to individuals who want to travel to an interesting country but do not want to be just a tourist.


Some of the most popular websites advertising English language teaching positions on the internet are:

Please note that ACE and its partners do not endorse any of the recruiting agencies or schools listed above. It is your responsibility to THOROUGHLY research contracts and schools.

 Your Job Interview

Your job interview may take place face-to-face or over the phone. You may be interviewed directly by the owner of the school; by a Director, Manager or Lead Teacher; or by a teacher recruiter.

You may be asked to provide sample lesson plans and teaching materials. Finally, you may be asked to teach a demonstration lesson or, for an overseas position, send a videotape of yourself teaching.

Being an effective teacher also means presenting yourself professionally. Be aware of your communication style and body language. Ninety-seven percent of our communication is non-verbal (intonation, stress and body language).


 Teaching English in Canada

Canada has English language teaching positions in private language schools, school board government language programs (for example Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada or LINC), colleges and universities. School boards and private schools also hire teaching staff for summer camps for international students.

The peak season for English language teaching in Canada runs from June through to September. If you are new teacher, this is the easiest time of the year to find a job.

Qualifications Required:

 University degree; TESL Canada recognized TESOL Certificate

Average Contract: Work ranges from casual part-time, to contract, to full-time
Hourly Rates:


Private tutoring: $25-$35/hour
Teaching Hours: 15-35 hours/week


  Some websites to start with to find a teaching job in Canada are as follows:

  • - The Canadian professional organization for English teachers. Click on the "Jobs" link.
  • - The Ontario professional organization for English teachers
  • - An organization for private and public sector language schools. Useful for a list of language schools across Canada.
  • - An organization that runs summer camps across Canada.
  • -  Listings of all teaching and administration jobs in education.

Teaching English Internationally

There is a high demand for English teachers in both English and non-English speaking countries. Public schools, universities, private language schools, companies as well as aid organizations and volunteer programs employ English Language teachers. Teacher support varies greatly from country to country, making TESOL Certification invaluable in providing new teachers with the teaching framework and skills to function in any setting.

The following are important to remember:

  • The best jobs are arranged in advance through reputable recruitment agencies or through the actual organization.
  • Contracts range in length, but the average length is one year.
  • In most cases the employer provides airfare or housing.
  • Additional benefits such as paid holidays and health care might also be provided.
  • Jobs are usually available at any time of the year although higher demand coincides with any given country's school year start.
  • Do your research THOROUGHLY before you accept an overseas contract.

For a comprehensive guide to working and living overseas, check out The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas by Jean-Marc Hachey or visit his resource website (membership fees apply).


Country Profiles

Before applying for an English language teaching position, it is important to do your research. The profile of each country below will provide you with some basic information so that you can start to ask the right questions before embarking on your adventure.

  • Australia, Ireland and the UK
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • China
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Mexico
  • Brazil


Australia, Ireland, the UK

Australia, Ireland and the UK are very similar to Canada in terms of where you can teach English. There are teaching positions in private language schools, colleges and universities. The peak season for English language teaching in Ireland and the UK is similar to that in Canada, from June through to September. Australia has another peak season in their summer, from December through February.

If you have an EU passport, you can find work in the UK or Ireland without having to secure a visa. The Student Work Abroad Program (SWAP) is another option for securing permission to work in Australia, Ireland, the UK, and New Zealand. See the SWAP website at for eligibility criteria and information on the application process.



Japan employs thousands of English language teachers each year. The best jobs are secured through the numerous agencies catering to this market. These agencies are very well represented in North America and can easily be found through the web or branch offices in all major urban centers.

In most cases, airfare, holidays and health care benefits are provided so please ask about them before you sign a contract. There are also many tutoring opportunities in Japan through which teachers can make extra money. Teachers are hired throughout the year, although there is a peaking in April, the start of the Japanese school year.

Teaching Requirements:

 University degree and TESOL Certification

Average Contract: One Year
Monthly Salary: 260,000 JPY ($3,300)
Private Tutoring:

3,000 to 6,000 JPY/hour ($38 to $76/hour)

Cost of Living: 84,000 to 125,000 JPY/month ($1,100-$1600/month)
Teaching Hours:

 25-40 per week


 not paid for, but deposit often paid by the school



South Korea

South Korea is another very popular destination for English language teachers due to incredible demand. South Korea also has lots of agencies and representatives in North America. They are very helpful in pre-arranging contracts. Accommodation, airfare, health insurance and vacation pay are usually provided. The government has become stricter about teachers taking on extra work outside of the work indicated on their visa. Be careful when taking on private tutoring work for this reason. Hiring takes place all year long, peaking from January to April.

Teaching Requirements: University Degree and TESOL Certification
Average Contract: One Year
Monthly salary:

1.5 to 2.0 million KRW ($1,400-$1,900)

Private Tutoring: 25,000-40,000 KRW/hour ($22-$37)
Cost of Living:  260,000-780,000 KRW/month ($239-$717)
Teaching Hours: 25-30 per week  25-30 per week
Housing: Usually provided




China is becoming an increasingly popular destination and has the most teaching opportunities of any country. Most postings for China are advertised on the web or are circulated through word of mouth. Hiring takes place all year, peaking in September.

Teaching Requirements:

University degree and TESOL Certification

Average Contract: One Year
 Monthly salary: 2,600-6,000 CNY ($400-$900)
Private tutoring: 200-240 CNY/hour ($30-$35)
Cost of Living: 600-1,200 CNY/month ($90-$180)
Teaching Hours: 15-25 hours/week
Housing: Usually Provided



Central and Eastern Europe

Many recruitment agencies in North America are going after the Central and East European market. With TESOL Certification you can arrange for the best jobs in advance. Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic are the most popular locations. There are jobs in private language schools, the public school system, colleges and universities. The Czech Republic is profiled below.


Czech Republic

There are many English Language Teaching jobs are in the Czech Republic. Some assistance is offered with accommodation and there is some holiday pay. Health care coverage varies. The peak hiring times are in January and September.

Teaching Requirements: University degree and TESOL Certification, Some teaching experience is preferred
Average Contract: One Year
Monthly Salary: 8,000-20,000 CZK/month ($800-$1100)
Private Tutoring:

200-300 CZK /hour ($11-$17)

Cost of Living:

6,000-16,000 CZK/month ($340-$900)

Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week

Usually paid by employee




There are lots of jobs in Latin American countries but Mexico is the largest market. Many jobs can be arranged in advance. Teachers pay their own airfare but the employer sometimes provides housing. Contract length varies and teaching requirements are often more flexible. There is also large variability for additional benefits.

Teaching Requirements: TESOL Certification
Average Contract: Variable
 Monthly Salary: 4,500-7,000 MXN/month ($350-$550)
Private Tutoring: 45-110 MXN/hour ($3.50-$9)
Cost of Living: 3,000 MXN/month ($240)
Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week
Accommodation: Usually provided




There are many opportunities in Brazil but as in all South American countries caution must be exercised. Try to pre-arrange employment with a reputable agency to avoid problems. Private companies, which pay better, are increasingly hiring teachers from abroad.

Teaching Requirements: TESOL Certification
 Average Contract: One to two years
Monthly Salary: 3,500-6000 BRL ($1000-$2500)
Private Tutoring: 30-100 BRL/hour ($18-$60)
Cost of Living: 1,200-1,800 BRL/month ($700-$1100)
Teaching Hours: 25 hours/week

Assisted by employer




Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities range in length from one week to two years, depending upon the organization and location. To get an idea of the opportunities available, check out the following organizations:

For written accounts of various volunteer experiences around the world, check out