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Typical TEFL teacher salary $20 - $70 AUD per hour depending on placement and experience.
$20 - $70 AUD per hour depending on placement and experience.
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You will meet students from all different backgrounds while teaching English classes in Australia. Your students will come from various professions, age and social groups. There are a number of ways to find positions teaching English in Australia and learning these ways will stand you in good stead for finding a TEFL/TESOL position worldwide. Contact as many language schools as possible by searching for internet sites advertising jobs for English teachers and by also looking at school information pages, online newspapers, school directory registers and the yellow/white pages. Contact the school to introduce yourself before forwarding a current copy of your CV/resume along with a photograph. If the school has no teaching vacancies, make a diary note to contact them again in a few weeks. You should also ensure that you know the important questions to ask employers regarding salary details, whether you will be teaching at a school or a work place, as well as questions about visa and work permit requirements etc.
Initially, when you are first employed teaching English in Australia the school may only offer you a few hours of work per week. You could also be asked to lead small classes or cover for sick colleagues, this is usual for teachers in Australia. Schools often like to monitor your classroom performance and reliability before they offer you a full time post. Salaries can differ between schools depending on what sort of class you are teaching. One-to-one classes usually pay less than group classes.
By getting to know people you can also find classes teaching English in Australia. Practically any social situation can provide you with an opportunity to find students. Try talking to people in clubs, bars and restaurants or on public transport, many teachers have found students this way. If you are good at teaching and your students enjoy their lessons, they may well recommend you to relatives and friends.
Previously, English teaching positions were more difficult to find in Australia than in other parts of the world because Australia has an English speaking population. However, in more recent years employment opportunities across Australia have grown considerably.
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Sample Job offer for Teaching English in Australia
"ESL Teachers required in Brisbane and Adelaide, Australia. We are looking for ESL teachers with experience to give individual tuition to business clients and their families in Brisbane and Adelaide. Salary is $40 per hour (transport and resource allowance may be possible). Essentially you will need to be a native English speaker, have a valid work permit/visa or be an Australian citizen, have gained a university degree and a TESOL/CELTA certification, or have a teaching degree with ESL major. You must also have at least two years full time ESL teaching experience, if possible in Australia."