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TEFL takes off

The pandemic has affected people in all sorts of ways and one more to add to the list is teaching English as a foreign language. While this industry has seen some dramatic downs, The TEFL Org reports an astonishing up, having seen its on-dermand online course enrolment leap by over 250% during the past year. From its own findings, The TEFL Org discovered that a third of its graduates chose the course after deciding to change career as a direct result of Covid fall-out.

“A year ago, if anyone had told me that I would be teaching English to overseas children in the future, I would have told them they were crazy,” says Yvonne Beckles (pictured), who worked for Bath’s local tourism board. After being furloughed and then made redundant during 2020, a chance conversation with a friend led her to consider teaching English online. “The saying goes that when one door closes, another opens and in my case it’s true.”

Co-founder of The TEFL Org, Jennifer McKenzie, says, “We are seeing a massive increase in people looking to start a career in TEFL that has been driven by the impact the pandemic has had on people’s lives. Those who could perhaps not follow a passion for teaching due to travel restrictions or time constraints, and especially those who found themselves out of work, can now do so from the comfort of their own home.” 

Image courtesy of Library
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Liz Granirer
Liz Granirer
Liz has been a journalist for many years. She is currently editor of EL Gazette and has previously edited the magazines Young Performer, StepForward and Accounting Technician; been deputy editor on Right Start magazine; chief sub editor on Country Homes & Interiors; and sub editor on easyJet Traveller, Lonely Planet and Family Traveller magazines, along with a number of others.
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