Am I qualified to teach English in the Middle East?

by Reenie
(London)

I have a Ph.D in Law and have taught at universities in the UK and South Africa, but this was more than 15 years ago. Since then I have been a freelance writer, writing for newspapers, journals and magazines. I am also an award-winning short story writer and have years of experience of teaching creative writing in schools, libraries and even prisons. Would I be able to teach English in the Middle East?


I should mention that I acquired a TESOL certificate some years ago but have not been able to get a copy of the certificate from the college. I also worked for a year as a volunteer teaching ESOL at a local college and I have a certificate in the Introduction to Teaching and Learning.

Hi Renee - you don't have the right qualifications for getting a job teaching English in the Middle East. I've mentioned these in other articles, for example teaching English in the UAE so I won't repeat them all here. Also look at the Middle East section on the page teaching English overseas

However, you do have a PhD, and experience as a writer (this could help with some jobs, but not all), and limited experience teaching English. This may or may not be enough. I doubt if you would get a job at a good academy or university, but if someone really needs someone, and your CV is in the right place at the right time, perhaps. This is my best guess.

You should at least try to get a TEFL certificate. Why won't the college give you your certificate?

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