Teaching English in Poland
Poland according to many is the biggest TEFL market of Europe. The opportunities of teachers are vast in this country and ESL teachers in Poland are hired both for the private and the public sectors. Although there is high unemployment in this country, there is no dearth of teaching positions in this East European country. Poland is endowed by nature with great beauty and most of it undiscovered yet due to the stringent Red Tape policy during rule of Soviet communists.
There are numerous language schools around Poland especially in its capital Warsaw. These are mainly private institutes, which teach Business English and General English. One of the biggest groups of private language school in Poland is the Polish Association for Standards in English (PASE). The conditions in the schools in Poland are extremely different but almost everywhere the teachers can experience high professional growth of global standards.
If the teachers want to teach in Poland, TEFL certificates are not mandatory. But for getting a highly paid job it is absolutely necessary to have an accredited TESOL or TEFL certificate.
The main reason behind Polandâ€™s popularity as an ESL destination is that the Poles are extremely amiable and hospitable. The payment in the public schools is lower than the private schools. The salaries given in the private schools are much better and with it the teachers can maintain a very high standard of living. The age group of the students in the language schools can be from 6 to 60.
Private tuitions are also quite
common in Poland. The regular salaries of the teachers are about R1200 in
the public schools and R2400 to R4800 in the private schools
depending on the experience and qualification of the teachers. The teachers are expected to teach up to 24 hours per week. 20% tax is deducted
from the earning of the teachers.