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September 07, 2006

Teacher Development- IELTS Training

Hello Readers!

Teaching English has its benefits, but sometimes you might need to bring in a little extra cash. How can you do that and still work in the ESL field? No, you don't have to apply at your nearest McDonald's. Just look for the nearest British Council for job vacancies as an IELTS examiner. IELTS stands for...

...the International English Language Testing System and is the test that non-native English speakers take if they want to study or work in an English-speaking environment.

Some countries have different requirements for their examiners, but generally, you'll need to either be a native speaker or score a 9 on the IELTS, which is the highest level you can get. You'll also need to have an undergraduate degree and a recognized TESOL/TEFL/CELTA certificate (online certificates are not generally accepted). You'll also need three years of experience after receiving your certificate.

As an IELTS examiner, you'll often be other cities and put up in hotels for free. Of course, you'll also be able to bring home a decent salary as well. This job can be done on a freelance basis, which means you can choose which weekends you work. (Most countries have this test on the weekends). IELTS examiners also are in high demand at IELTS training schools and publishing houses that want to publish IELTS preparation textbooks, so having this experience will open more than one door for you.

If you've just started in the ESL field, you may think that there's a lot of work to be done before being able to apply for this kind of job. However, it's good to keep this in mind, as many teachers (like me) end up staying in the field for much longer than they'd first imagined. So, do your homework, get your certificate and some experience, and you'll have more options down the road.

For more information about IELTS, go to http://www.ielts.org

Good luck!

Carol Rueckert
Writer, ESL Lesson Plan
E-mail: crueckert@eslemployment.com
Blog: www.esl-lesson-plan.com

"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand." - Chinese Proverb

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About the author of this entry:
Carol, a native English-speaker who hails from the small town of St. Joseph in Minnesota, USA, has lived and worked in China since 1998. During that time, she has worked with students that range in age from three to more than sixty years old. She’s worked in universities, private language schools, grade schools, international schools, as well as private tutoring. Besides teaching, she’s also worked as a head teacher, an education manager, and a material development manager. In addition to working on this newsletter, she currently writes a monthly column for Time Out Beijing as well as working as an ESL instructor for the Australian International School of Beijing. Carol is also enrolled in Oxford Brookes' MA TESL program in Oxford, England. Look for her posts on the ESL-Jobs-Forum discussion boards!

Posted by crueckert at September 7, 2006 10:22 PM

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