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Why is teaching English important?

In this post we look at some of the reasons why English language teaching is important and share our best courses for improving your English teaching skills.

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English is still the universal language

Estimates vary about how many people speak English worldwide, but some believe English-speakers are likely to number in the billions. English crosses cultures, countries and industries. It’s often used as a ‘common tongue’ if neither person is a native speaker. This means teaching people English can be truly rewarding: students of English have many new opportunities and doors open to them thanks to their skills.

The internet is English

About half of homepages on the internet are in English and as of 2016 the English edition of Wikipedia contains the most articles. If you want full use of the web (without lots of translation work), English is key. Plus internet use is now an important and necessary part of many jobs, with increased remote-working (and much of daily life). Helping people learn English means helping them take full advantage of the power of the web. You can even teach English online as opposed to in-person classes!

English can take you to amazing places

As well as opening up exciting new avenues for students, being able to teach English can also offer language teachers new opportunities. With TESOL or TEFL qualifications teachers can travel far and wide sharing their knowledge and exploring new corners of the globe, with places like the UAE, Dubai and China offering high salaries as well as new cultures.

English teaching is a growing industry

As we explored in our 7 top tips on how to teach English online article, English teaching is a booming industry. By learning the skills to teach English, you could be setting yourself up for a well-paid career with strong job security. To get started on your teaching journey, why not check out our Exploring the world of English language teaching course?


Do you want to improve your English language teaching? Take a look at our courses to help you teach English or browse all Teaching courses.

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