Tutoring – life after Tefl
- Created: Wednesday, 12 March 2014 14:45
Phil Doyle-Wells explains why he has absolutely no regrets after moving on from ELT to private tutoring
Many UK-based individuals in the ELT world are making career moves not so much up the ladder as off it – into tutoring. The traditional entry route into ELT – a bachelor’s degree followed by a £1,000+ Tefl course, then a spell teaching abroad possibly followed by teaching in a UK language school – is less lucrative than it once was.
And in the high streets of London’s less affluent suburbs you are likely to see tutoring services providers where private higher education colleges used to stand. Recent graduates and even school leavers with good A levels are eschewing entrylevel Tefl and going into tutoring instead, many commanding rates of £15 an hour and up, without doing an expensive postgrad course. The exodus has been joined by older Tefl hands, including me.