Teaching English in Canada – Toronto

Published: 15 September, 2016  |  Last updated: 03 November, 2016

Teaching English in Toronto, Canada


Report submitted on 15 March, 2016 by Elvin.

Teaching English in Toronto, Canada:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Toronto, Canada?
They should take an exam “IELTS” or “TOEFL” and have to provide with certificate ESL(indicating teaching experience). I am student studying at University of Toronto, Computer Science, Second year. I have 11 year experience of English language and would be pleased to teach local students or people willing to learn English.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions, agencies (send teachers to different locations), teaching at state schools, teaching at private international schools, teaching at colleges / universities, private teaching (not through a school, agency, etc.).

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
Passing the required level of language exam and having expected level of teaching, years of experience.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
I think the most important thing is having experience with using the language for a long time. In my opinion, language placement exams are not showing exactly the level of English you acquire, it shows the ability to deal with the appropriate exam algorithm. I have a long time experience with English language. I have taken exams such as IELTS and SAT.

What are the levels of payment?
In Canada, for tutoring languages tutors charge at least @20/per hour (approx. US$ 15).

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
15-25 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
Holidays are considered seriously in Canada, so if you have tutoring hours that is on holiday or Saint days, the tutor shifts the time and gives an extra hour for the missed tutoring hours.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Toronto, Canada to teach English?
Getting job here in Canada it pretty hard, there is a big competition among people. Job hirers hire the best of bests. I would suggest that if someone wishing to teach here should have years of experience using English, job experiences, and appropriate exam results and certificates.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Toronto, Canada?
You get to know people of different countries and get opinion of other peoples, exchange with interests. You also improve your English as people studying here are extremely willing to learn.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Toronto, Canada?
It would be hard to get job, because sometime the job hirers hire native speakers.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
It will sound funny, but here in Toronto there are many Chinese people and it is hard to understand them.


Living in Toronto, Canada:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in Canada?
For getting eligible to work in Canada for a foreigner, VISA is required, then it is checked if the person has the permission to work(Work Permit VISA).

What is the cost of living like in Canada?
It is pretty expensive Country. But the hourly salaries start at $11.75 (approx. US$ 9), so it compromises the price of living here.

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
You should write an email, or appropriate form of letter for the person, or make a phone call, depends on the situation.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Toronto, Canada?
In my opinion, Canada is a country filled with different opportunities and a big variety of them.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Toronto, Canada?
Certain differences in cultural values, views of Western and Eastern worlds. Given this fact, it is hard to socialise with members of certain communities to certain extend.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Toronto, Canada?
You should be independent person and confident, ability to face problems and deal with them and to bring those issues to subtle close.

What things do you miss most (other than family and friends) from your home country?
The most thing I miss is my national cuisine and friends.

What do you think you will miss most when (or if) you leave Toronto, Canada?
It is certain that person leaving his/her current country will miss cultural values, national cuisine and probably relatives and friends.

What things would you recommend to new teachers in your area to bring with them from their home country?
Certainly values and beliefs to diversify the alien culture.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Elvin

Nationality: Azerbaijani

Students I’ve taught in Canada: University, other.

Where I teach: Working for 2 years.

How did you find your current teaching job(s): I find jobs here via websites.

My school facilities: Very good. University of Toronto is distinguished as the best university in Canada for the quality of the education, job offer rates after graduating and the most powerful is researches going on in the university.

Teacher support at my school: Training / workshops, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.



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