Friday Live: Do I Need to Speak the Local Language to Teach English Abroad?

So it’s an age-old question and not a silly one in the slightest: Do I need to be able to speak the local language to teach English in that country? I mean, after all you’re trying to teach people who don’t speak English how to speak the language. It would make sense that a basic understanding of your students’ home language would be helpful.

So the short answer to this question is simply “No, you don’t”, but the long answer is a little more complex, so listen to 3 former English teachers in Asia on what their advice would be on this.


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About Nick Paul

Nick is the Marketing Manager for Travelbud and has had a long history in the travel industry working in student travel and even a big multinational online travel agency.

He regularly presents at travel conferences and has spent a great deal of time traveling the world from the US to Europe, Africa and most recently South East Asia.

Nick is super passionate about travel and his best travel memories include his recent trip to Vietnam, Thailand and South Korea to meet face-to-face with some of TravelBud’s teachers.

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