Teaching English in Poland means being a jack of all trades. Teaching a huge variety of students, typically highly-motivated young professionals, studious teenagers aspiring to apply to top universities, and excited kids looking to improve on their general English, an ESL teacher must be able to whip together a lesson plan about pretty much anything and everything.
For experienced ESL teachers and newly qualified teachers alike, Poland offers one of the most lucrative job markets in the EU. Oh and did we mention, it’s an AWESOME place to live and work!
Nearly all your students will be highly motivated, and usually upper intermediate to advanced level in English. So, you won’t be teaching them how to say “apple,” but rather how to have political debates, negotiate contracts, and other intricacies of real-life English.
Expect to work 15 to 25 hours per week of classroom teaching, in addition to prep time and light administrative work such as marking written coursework. The schedule itself will be mostly afternoon and early evening hours, with the occasional mornings for teaching “in-company” classes. You’ll be paid a similar pay rate to your local colleagues, varying between 3500 and 8000 PLN per month depending on the job and how many hours you’re teaching.
You’ll fly into Krakow to begin the program with a 7-day-long Orientation Week, where you’ll get to know some of your fellow Wizards and get accustomed to life in Poland. And have some fun, of course! The magic of Krakow, Poland’s historical and cultural capital, will immediately make you fall in love with your new home.
Immediately following our orientation program, you’ll begin working as an ESL teacher at a language center. We have partnerships with some of Poland’s most well-known language centers to place teachers for this program.
Demand to learn English with native speakers at the advanced level has skyrocketed in Poland recently, with more and more jobs, careers, and university programs requiring an advanced professional level of English to even be considered.
The type of students you’ll be teaching is as varying as the industry itself. You might be teaching business professionals in the morning, younger kids in the early afternoon right after school hours, and energetic teenagers at the language center in the evening. Classes with kids and teens will often focus on preparing for competitive exams, such as the FCE and IELTS, while adult classes will usually be more practical and conversation-based.
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