I wanted to teach in Canada because I fell in love with the Country at an early age. After becoming a teacher at an inner-city school in London I realised that my English skills were transferable and that I might possibly achieve my dream and move to Canada – if they would have me! You can read more about me here.
From a material standpoint, teacher salaries are relatively high (compared with the UK), but I found the cost of living to be significantly higher also. Still, the satisfaction I’ve derived from living an working here far outweigh the costs.
You’ll Help Other People
Most people do speak English in Canada, although there are a fair number of Francophones, too. When you choose to teach English, you’ll be able to help other people by giving them the tools to communicate effectively. Language is a powerful connector and you may use your teaching skills in order to empower others. For example, ESL (English as a Second Language) students will benefit from your expertise, patience and personal attention. You will give them the ability to speak English and access all of the opportunities that come with developing fluency in the language, such as job opportunities, the ability to build happy relationships and the capacity to build self-esteem.
You’ll Build a Great Resume
Whether you want to teach English all through your career or use your teaching jobs as a stepping stone to another type of career, you’ll find that teaching in English sets a strong foundation for future career success. If you want to build a great resume, considering this career pathway will be a smart strategy!
How to Get Started
The easiest way to find out qualifications for this position and then make sure that you do qualify is to visit job boards online and see what employers are looking for. In some cases, you may need a post-secondary degree, such as a Bachelor’s Degree. If you don’t have the right level of education, you should move forward and access it.
A teaching degree, which comes after a Bachelor’s Degree, will also be very helpful in terms of attracting prospective employers. If you’re in high school, speak to a guidance counsellor about the type of education that you should access in order to get the right qualifications. If you’re an adult who’s already out of high school, you may want to access career counselling in your own community. There are community services available to job hunters, so don’t hesitate to take advantage of them.
Is This Career Right for You?
This career is best for a “people person” who genuinely enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them. You’ll need to have a sense of authority, as you’ll be in charge of a classroom, so leadership skills and confidence will be good traits to have. As well, you’ll need tons of patience. Learning a new language is a big undertaking and your students will need time to develop their skills. Your job is to come up with lesson plans which make learning English in Canada as simple and enjoyable as possible.
Teaching English in beautiful Canada will be fulfilling, as long as you have the right mindset and skill set.