It is the most widely spoken language on earth, the medium for 80% of the information stored in the world's computers and the transmission language for the five largest broadcasting companies on the planet . As the language of many political environments, scientific projects, commerce negotiations and not to mention film, television and the internet – it makes sense that people from countries all over the world are eager to learn English.
For countries with a firm focus on the future and development it’s arguably a necessity, especially in emerging economies like China, Russia, Brazil and India, where they are putting enormous emphasis on developing their English language proficiency in a bid to become a more competitive global entity.
Here in the UK, we can benefit from this worldwide surge in demand. We are in posession of something others want – the ability to speak English. This presents a great opportunity for those seeking work, work experience or a way to fund their travel, as acting as a TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language) teacher is relatively easy to get in to, and no experience is necessary - only completion of a course, which can be done entirely online. Those who undertake a TEFL position abroad can earn money whilst developing their own skills. Confidence, self-development, understanding and cultural awareness are just a few of the attributes to be attained. As well as this, you can work somewhere exotic and exciting and some employers cover flight and accomodation costs whilst also giving you a wage, making it very inexpensive.
For younger generations across the world to flourish, and for older generations to compete, relate and understand the English speaking world, TEFL teachers are and will continue to be a hugely valuable commodity.