A small, but significant group at the heart of the Language Link teaching operation are the TEL
Teachers. Language Link employs native teachers of French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Experience has shown that though a teaching
qualification alone is not enough to guarantee one success in the
classroom, such qualifications along with the right personality type
makes for a formidable combination. It is this 'formidable combination'
which forms the core of Language Link's teaching staff. In order to
understand the type of teacher that Language Link is looking to hire, a
Teacher Profile has been presented below.
Who are we looking for?
We are looking for qualified teachers of French, German, Italian or Spanish as a Foreign Language with or without experience, who are interested in acquiring or adding to their teaching experience
whilst working in the developing economies of Central and Eastern
Europe, and South East Asia.
In addition, we also welcome applications from native speakers of these languages for our Teacher-Internship Programme. This programme is designed to be a first step into the foreign language teaching profession and includes an intensive training programme, followed by a nine-month teaching contract. In applying for this programme, non-native English speaking candidates should be aware that the training programme is taught in English and has a bias towards teaching English as a foreign language. Typically the teaching practice component of the course involves teaching English, rather than any other language. Nevertheless, we have found that the principles of Communicative Language Teaching hold true whatever the target language being taught and that the training programme equips TEL teachers for the classroom.
What are we looking for?
In hiring TEL teachers, Language Link looks for qualifications, personality, commitment and approach.
A teaching qualification forms the framework around which all
other criteria are evaluated, and though these other criteria are of no
less importance to the holistic approach that we take to staff
selection, they are, admittedly, more difficult to measure.
Much of the success that a TEL teacher will enjoy will result from
his or her ability to be flexible, open-minded and outgoing. Equally
important is having a keen interest in other peoples and cultures and an
empathy for the needs of one's students.
You will never be an exceptional teacher until you understand and
accept the concept that teaching is an investment in your future; thus
it requires your time and energy. As such, a willingness to work hard
and see the job as a significant step in a long-term career, either in
or outside language teaching is essential. So, too, is a willingness to give of
oneself and one's skills to people who are depending upon them. No less
important is a willingness to learn from one's students as well as to
In general students abroad are dedicated, hard-working and
conscientious; they expect the same from their teachers. Remember that
you are going abroad primarily to work, not to holiday. In other words,
Language Link looks for 'teachers' not 'tourists'. You will find that
whatever you invest in your students will be returned a hundred-fold.
Deciding to teach abroad should be a first rather than a last choice,
the opportunity should be carefully considered and the decision made in
a mature and informed manner. Language Link can provide you with
information on the country and the teaching post of your choice prior to
your departure, but this should only be a supplement to your own
Finally, be prepared to overcome problems, to adapt to a new way of life and to build friendships in a different environment.