Many readers are familiar with my series on making a business out of teaching English in the Philippines (starts here Live in the Philippines — Online English Business Thoughts 1) as a way to support yourself in the Philippines (or enable you to become financially independent of where you live), so you can live in the Philippines if you want to.
Teaching English In The Philippines — Misconceptions :
- You can’t teach English unless you are a degree-holding teacher: Folks, this just isn’t true. Holding a degree and/or credentials like US state licensure documents is certainly an advantage, but as of this writing, in March, 2011, I know of no regulation or law that prevents any private person from holding him or herself out as a one-on-one, private tutor or language coach. Some companies engaged in English instruction, on or off-line may require credentials, but I am not talking about getting a job with any of them … I’m talking about being independent and empowering yourself with your own independent business venture.
- You Must Hold an ESL/TSEL certificate: Again, the answer is no, you do not. Actually, just to make things more confusing there are many different terms for essentially the same thing. TESL, TEFL, TEOSL and CELTA and probably a few I haven’t found. Google or Wikipedia is your friend if you want to know more on these, but,although, investing in such certification in the future make your teaching more ‘salable;, and also higher priced, it may be worth your while … but putting off taking action and getting yourself started at earning because of this alphabet soup ‘smoke screen’ is the wrong thing to do.
- It’s easy to do: In my view, this idea will get you into a lot of trouble. I’ve written quite often on Teaching English in the Philippines and mentioned many times why the ‘barriers to entry’ and the paperwork/permitting type process is very ‘doable”. But don’t get me wrong, this is work. In fact it’s building your own business, and you have to be serious enough to put in the time and deliver the good. A ‘fast buck’ scheme this is not.
Teaching English In The Philippines — Getting Started:
Again, I self-reference here, especially my how to set up English Teaching in the Philippines article here: Philippine Living — Online English Thoughts 3. And where else am I going to refer you first of all than to my more of my own articles. You can find them listed in order over on the right hand side bar (see picture) or here they are listed directly:
Other Opinions About Teaching English In The Philippines
My blogging colleague Joseph, who is a fellow living a lot as I do in the Philippines, except that he chose to make his home in Malaysia, recently wrote a great article on some of the opportunities available in offering language instruction online … see:
Teach English in Kuching |Teaching English in Kuching |Teach English Abroad. Here’s one place I feel Joseph hit the mark exceptionally well…
…You can teach from any where to any where. As long as all parties concerned have good, reliable internet connection, have access to a computer, have Skype downloaded (its a free application) and preferably have at least basic equipment – a microphone and headphones are beneficial but its possible to use the speakers on a computer to do the job adequately…
So what about you? Any thoughts about Teaching English in the Philippines?