If you’re planning to teach English overseas, below is a list of 31 questions you should get answered from your recruiter or school before you sign a contract

Hi Kevin,
If you’re planning to teach English overseas, below is a list of 31 questions you should get answered from your recruiter or school before you sign a contract.
Hope they help you land your dream teaching job overseas…
All the best to you! Cheers!

Paul Hefford with http://www.eslteachingonline.com/jobs-global/

31 Questions


  1. What’s the teaching schedule?
  2. How many days a week will I teach?
  3. Which days? (some schools are open on Saturdays).
  4. How many teaching hours per day and per week? Are there split shifts? (early morning and evening) Is there overtime pay? How much per hour?
  5. Are there any winter or summer English camps (countries like Korea) that are optional or that I am required to teach? Are they paid or unpaid?
  6. How far is the school from where I will be living? (this was a 1 hour subway/bus ride 6 days a week for 1 year for me)
  7. Can I take a bus, taxi, subway there?

Class Prep Time

  1. How many hours a day (outside of teaching hours) am I required to prepare lessons, quizzes, report cards for my classes?
  2. How many “office hours” am I required to be present in the school office, or be available to speak to students? (Universities require fixed office hours)
Curriculum & Resources

  1. Is there a set curriculum? For example, only beginner conversation, TOEFL?
  2. Does your school use assigned textbooks? If so, which ones?
  3. Do I have to follow the main text all the time, or can I supplement with games and activities?
  4. Do you have a digital whiteboard and Internet access in class?
  5. Is there library of teaching resource books?
  6. Is there a printer and photocopy machine so I can print lesson copies for students?

Class Size

  1. How many students will be in each of my classes?
  2. Will any classes have more than 15 students? (difficult to manage if it’s a kids class)
  3. Students
  4. What ages are the students?
  5. What is their English speaking level?
  6. Why are they studying English?
  7. How many years have they been studying English?


  1. Medical – Will the school pay for my monthly medical insurance? 50% or 100%?
  2. Vacation – How many weeks per year will I receive? Is vacation paid or unpaid
  3. Contract completion bonus – How much is it?
  4. Language classes – Does your school offer free language classes for teachers?
  5. Living accommodations – Is housing free, partially paid? Will I have a roommate? How many roommates?
  6. Utilities – Is water, heat, telephone paid for by the school?
  7. Flight Reimbursement – Will the school buy my plane ticket before I arrive or reimburse me after I arrive? If so, when?
  8. Visa requirements – Will the school pay for my teaching visa fees? (immigration office, fingerprints, photo, etc)

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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