As an Italian saying goes, ‘the world is beautiful because it’s varied.’ In nature, there are a plethora of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures – none of these are either right or wrong, beautiful or unsightly. They are all, in fact, unique and perfect, just the way they are.
This is true for all of the 195 countries in today’s world, each with its own unique customs, traditions, and landscape. However, it is also true that some countries might share similar historical, cultural, and/or geographical features, depending on their heritage and location on the map.
For example, you’d expect Italy, France, and Spain to share some similarities, given their proximity to one another and their historical background.
But what about Germany, Taiwan, India, Finland, and Japan? They’re so far apart – what could they possibly have in common? They share not one, but two very distinct features:
- They are all sought-after destinations for teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL)
- They are among the top 10 producers of whisky.
If you are a whiskey lover with a thirst for a new life abroad, read on.
Why teach English abroad?
The hum-drum of familiarity might not be your cup of tea, but teaching English abroad could be your dram of whisky.
Since the end of the 19th century, English has emerged as a global lingua franca, connecting people from diverse backgrounds and cultures. As its importance in international communication grows, the demand for proficient English teachers increases worldwide.
With regard to Germany, Taiwan, India, Finland, and Japan, each country has distinct cultural, historical, and socio-economic factors that influence language education. Understanding these differences is essential for aspiring English teachers to adapt their methodologies effectively. Nevertheless, they are all fertile grounds for teachers of English, new and experienced alike.
Teaching English in Germany: A Bilingual Landscape
Germany, known for its rich cultural heritage and economic prowess, has a unique approach to language education. English is taught from an early age, making it one of the most widely spoken second languages in the country. In addition to formal education, exposure to English through media, music, and travel enhances linguistic competence.
English teachers in Germany benefit from a well-established education system that values language proficiency. The demand for qualified English instructors is high, especially in private language schools, universities, and corporations. However, competition can be intense, and candidates with teaching certifications and experience are preferred.
What to be aware of:
- Due to the prevalence of English as a second language, teachers are expected to have a high standard of language proficiency
- You are likely to teach professionals with a range of English proficiency within the same group. Keep this in mind when you plan your lessons.
For the love of whisky:
The whisky production in Germany started only three decades ago. A total of 23 whisky distilleries dotted around the country offer a selection of single malts, blends, and bourbon.