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How is the lifestyle of an English teacher/tutor? Since talking with language exchange partners and helping them learn English I've realized I like some aspects of teaching. I like the individual one on one interaction. I would consider becoming an English teacher/tutor for adults. Are there any international standards or certain certifications more highly regarded. Also is it a viable way to make a living if you freelance as a private tutor. Specifically in the Americas(Canada-Argentina)? Most professions have some kind of a protection fee I like to say. Like your fees to the BAR as a legal worker of any kind or even if you teach martial arts you have to pay to an organization to teach.
Sep 17, 2016 6:39 PM
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If you're in Ontario, TEFL 1 will allow you to teach in the province. TEFL 2 allows you to teach internationally. The market is very competitive and finding a full time job here is challenging. There are far more opportunities in other countries, specifically Japan, China, and Korea. There are opportunities in Europe but they tend to get teachers from the UK due to visa requirements.

I imagine teaching English online is very competitive. That being said, with teaching a language you have to do it if you really love it, not for the money. You can make a career, and you will be most successful if you're passionate about your work and about helping your students succeed. 

September 18, 2016
I don't know about Canada but in England when I took CELTA, the recognised TEFL qualifications were CELTA and TESOL.  There are lots of on-line courses but these do not give you the actual teaching practice so are not generally considered to be adequate qualifications.  You can do CELTA in Toronto - it's 2500 Canadian Dollars!  I have taught in a local college and also for a language school and a training provider.  The money is very good but it's hard work.  Teaching private lessons isn't very successful in England as people who are learning English need to get a qualification to gain citizenship.  The exams are run by the centres who provide the courses and naturally they don't want to enter people who have not studied with them.  I have friends who do Skype lessons which are very lucrative but still require preparation time.  I don't know if this answers your question or not.
September 18, 2016
I think the most common ones would be TESOL and CELTA, and a CELTA is more difficult to get. This is the usual requirement for  teaching at a prestigious uni. If it is an ordinary school or a training center, a college degree will suffice.  In the school where I work, native English speakers can easily get a job right after college graduation, with no fees or experience required,  and free housing provided. 
September 18, 2016
Thanks for the insight guys. 
September 18, 2016
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