Will I be able to find a job in TEFL quickly?
Once you have completed the CELTA course successfully, you can teach here in Germany at private language schools, the EFL department of international schools and European schools. There are always schools that are looking for CELTA qualified teachers.
Candidates normally apply for jobs immediately after they have finished the course and most of them will find jobs quite quickly. There is a constant demand for CELTA qualified teachers, both in Germany and internationally, and IH Frankfurt offers career advice and references to all its candidates.
Which countries can I go to?
This is the beauty of CELTA; you can go to almost every country on all five continents. The CELTA is by far the most accepted teaching qualification worldwide.
Can I work in Germany?
One of the reasons to choose Frankfurt as the place to do your CELTA is that Frankfurt has become the economic heart of the European Union. The Central European Bank is located in Frankfurt and with it came branches of almost every major bank and insurance company. It is expected that Frankfurt will even become livelier due to the upcoming Brexit and the demand for CELTA qualified teachers will only increase.
“Germany Leads Europe in Immigrant Job Prospects”: “A survey shows that non-EU immigrants have an easier time finding jobs in Germany than in other European countries.” (spiegel.de)
For a starting teacher, it is possible to live quite well in Frankfurt. The city has a rich cultural life and it is possible here to enjoy living in a highly international community.
Housing is in comparison to other international cities not overly expensive and thanks to the excellent public transport system it is easy to get around here.
What kind of teaching work will I be offered?
Most teachers will work as a freelancer, especially when you prefer to work for language schools. Most teachers that work for international schools or European schools will get permanent contracts with – normally – a probation of two months. Frankfurt has an excellent English Language Teachers’ Association. You can find their website here.
Who will be my students?
The ‘A’ in CELTA stands for ‘Adults’ and you will be able to teach adults. However, thanks to the CELTA you will also be able to teach teenagers and young learners. Candidates that have passed the CELTA course will initially find themselves teaching Business English and General English to adults, teenagers and young learners. You may also be asked to teach so-called exam classes, to prepare students for the internationally recognised Cambridge exams, such as FCE and CAE. You may also prepare university students for the TOEFL or IELTS exam, which gives them access to university in English speaking countries.