Some employers will expect you to have a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification but it's not essential.
You can take TEFL courses at colleges and private training providers all over the world. They vary widely in cost and length. You can do:
- a full-time course lasting 4 weeks or 120 hours
- a part-time course lasting 11, 16 weeks or 36 weeks
- a distance learning course where you may need to arrange your own teaching practice
The most common TEFL qualifications are:
- Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English language teaching to adults)
- Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages)
Trinity College London and Cambridge English have more information on TEFL courses.
You'll usually need:
- an excellent standard of English
- level 3 qualifications like A levels