Do you know that there are up to 1.5 billion English learners in the world?

That's almost 46 times the current Malaysian population.

This means you can easily find an English teacher or tutor if you plan to visit any country globally.

To most of us, English is learnt as a second language since our kindergarten and early childhood.

It is all thanks to dedicated English teachers and tutors who guided us to master English comprehensively when it comes to speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

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Why Should You Become An ESOL Teacher/Tutor In Malaysia?

Has English always been your favourite subject in school?

Do you tend to score the highest grade for English as compared to your peers?

Thinking about pursuing a teaching career but you are unsure whether you should pursue a career as an ESOL teacher or tutor?

Learn more about how you can benefit from becoming one.

Diverse teaching and networking opportunities

Depending on your qualifications or preference, you can choose to teach English at different locations through different teaching modes.

For instance, you could be teaching English at a private school during the day but you can still offer online English lessons in the evenings or during the weekends.

Here are some of the places where you can teach ESOL:

a) Teaching at public/international schools 

If you apply to be an English teacher at a government school, you could be assigned to teach at primary schools (Standard 1 to Standard 6) or secondary schools (Form 1 to Form 6).

You can either apply with a Bachelor's degree in TESOL or a normal undergraduate degree. You will teach English according to the KSSM syllabus that is set by the Ministry of Education.

In the case of international schools, you will plan your lessons by following the IGCSE Cambridge English syllabus and format.

b) Teaching at higher learning institutions (universities/colleges) 

For universities or colleges, it is best to have a postgraduate degree in the relevant field that you plan to teach.

Most English lecturers have a Master of Education in Teaching English As A Second Language or a PhD (Teaching of English as a Second Language-TESL).

c) Teaching at tuition centres/language schools 

If teaching at schools is not your cup of tea, you can teach full-time or part-time at tuition centres or language schools.

You get to teach a smaller group of students and work with like-minded colleagues in a more inclusive environment.

d) Teaching online/home tutoring 

Thinking of becoming your own boss? Then you should certainly go for private tutoring. You get to set your own tutoring rates and arrange your teaching schedule flexibly.

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You can teach ESOL in schools or start your own ESOL tutoring venture.
Source: Photo by Avel Chuklanov on Unsplash

Make a difference in your students' lives (it's a meaningful career!)

Teaching can be an extremely rewarding career because you get to see the progress of your students and help them to unleash their hidden potential through consistent steps.

By teaching your students the mastery of English, they will be able to use this language in ways that you may never imagine in the future.

They could end up as a famous author, successful emcee, an ambassador or diplomat that represents Malaysia in global meetings or even a passionate English educator like you one day!

The knowledge of English is something that they can hold on to in different stages of their lives, whether they are based in Malaysia or not. English is a universal language and acts as an effective communication bridge between cultures.

"One of the beauties of teaching is that there is no limit to one’s growth as a teacher, just as there is no knowing beforehand how much your students can learn." ― Herbert Kohl

Combine your ability and affinity for the English language at work

What makes a career worth pursuing?

It is when we get to perfectly combine our passions and skills to contribute and to inspire for a purpose. We not only get to assist others but we also feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfilment.

Ability: Refers to your skill to do something (your ability to navigate the English language, teach concepts in an organized manner).

Affinity: A natural liking for something (your passion and interest in the English language, your love for words).

What Are The Differences Between SPM English and SPM English Literature?

SPM English is a compulsory subject for every student that is studying in a public secondary school in Malaysia whereas SPM English Literature is offered as an additional subject (elective).

As an ESOL tutor, it would be great to be familiar with the latest format of these two papers. You might come across potential students who are preparing for both of these papers.

Both papers are set and examined by the Malaysian Examinations board (Lembaga Peperiksaan Malaysia).

You may refer to the list below to have an overview of the two papers.

SPM English Format (latest format implemented in 2021)

Paper 1 [1119/1]

  • Reading and Use of English
  • Consists of 40 questions (5 sections)
  • Allocated mark: 40m (25% weightage)
  • Test duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 2 [1119/2]

  • Writing
  • Consists of  3 sections
  • Allocated mark: 60m (25% weightage)
  • Test duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Paper 3 [1119/3]

  • Speaking
  • Consists of 3 sections
  • Allocated mark: 24m (25% weightage)
  • Test duration: 13 minutes

Paper 4 [1119/4]

  • Listening
  • Consists of 4 sections
  • Allocated mark: 30m (25% weightage)
  • Test duration: 40 minutes

SPM English Literature Format (latest syllabus updated in 2020)

Section A

  • Consists of questions from selected prose, short story/novel
  • Answer 1 out of 4 sets of questions
  • Allocated mark: 35m
  • Duration: 55 minutes

Section B

  • Consists of questions from dramas
  • Answer 1 out of 3 sets of questions
  • Allocated mark: 35m
  • Duration: 55 minutes

Section C 

  • Consists of questions from poetry
  • Answer 1 out of 2 sets of questions
  • Allocated mark: 30m
  • Duration: 40 minutes
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SPM English Literature is a niche subject that you can teach as an ESOL tutor.
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Are English Language Proficiency Certificates Necessary To Teach ESOL?

Again, it is not a must-have requirement if you are just starting out as an ESOL tutor. Most people take the language proficiency certificates such as MUET and IELTS for educational or work purposes.

You can certainly register and sit for them but bear in mind that both tests are slightly different in terms of the period of validity, certificate acknowledgement (public/private/overseas), grading systems (bands),  and examination fees.

You may refer to the table below to have a better idea of the differences between MUET and IELTS if you are planning to offer similar lessons.

ElementsMUETIELTS
Organizers Malaysian Examination Council (MEC)Joint collaboration by British Countil, Cambridge Education Asessment, IDP IELTS Australia
Grading system Band 1 (Lowest) to Band 6 (Highest)Band 1 (Lowest) to Band 9 (Highest)
Test frequency Offered 3 times a year, during March, July and NovemberOffered few times in a month throughout a year
Level of recognition Recognized by Malaysian and Singapore universities Acknowledged by more than 9000 instiutions worldwide
Certificate validity period 5 years 2 years
Examination fees RM100 RM795 (as of 2021)

What Are Some English Online Courses That You Can Take As An ESOL Tutor?

While it is not compulsory to have a legit teaching qualification to become an ESOL tutor, it is always a good idea to invest in continuous education.

You can take some online courses to learn more about teaching methodologies for various English language learning components. This will help you to develop your lessons in a more comprehensive and effective manner.

Here are some courses that you can enrol in:

Teaching English Online (developed by Cambridge Assessment English for Future Learn)

This is an effective online course that you can learn at your own pace. It is a flexible self-guided learning experience.

Duration: 4 weeks (recommended weekly hours: 5 hours)

The four main modules include:

  • The context of English language teaching online
  • How to plan and deliver online skills lessons
  • How to plan and deliver online language lessons
  • How to continue your professional development as an online teacher

Understanding Language: Learning and Teaching (developed by the British Council for Future Learn)

This course is planned for English teachers at different levels and students who are interested in the development of languages and language teaching.

Duration: 4 weeks (recommended weekly hours: 3 hours)

The topics that are covered include: 

  • Planning lessons and courses
  • Managing resources
  • Managing the lesson
  • Taking responsibility for professional development

Spoken Grammar: A Guide for English Language Teachers (Udemy)

If you are an ESOL tutor who wants to have a deeper study on spoken grammar, this is your go-to online course!

Duration: 151 minutes (22 lectures)

The course content includes:

  • Introduction
  • Word order and ellipsis
  • Emphasis
  • Vague language
  • Marking spoken discourse
  • Response language

How To Start Teaching Basic/Advanced English Classes in Malaysia?

Now that you are more equipped with the skillset and the knowledge of what to expect as an ESOL tutor, your next question would certainly be this.

"How do I effectively find students if I am a new ESOL tutor?"

Our solution for you?  Register to be a home tutor/online tutor at Superprof!

You can easily set up a FREE tutoring profile in less than 10 minutes. All you need to do is give clear and concise background information about yourself.

It is best to include your teaching experience and teaching qualification (if you have any) and a recent photo of yourself to boost the credibility of your profile!

That being said, tutoring jobs at Superprof are open to any individuals who are passionate to teach and connect with students. You can be an amazing ESOL tutor even if you are a student!

There may be parents or younger students who prefer to learn English from a student tutor when it comes to peer tutoring, mentoring or homework supervision.

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Some parents may prefer a student ESOL tutor to teach their younger kids.
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Online ESOL tutoring is a very good part-time job for students who are on semester breaks as they can take this time to gain real working experience without worrying too much about transportation and locations.

You'll be able to develop communication skills and other soft skills such as ESOL lesson planning and time management when you are dealing with your potential students too!

You are also free to list down the topics and educational levels that you are interested to teach! For instance, you would like to provide SPM English Literature lessons or IELTS preparation courses.

Just update this information on your profile and interested students will be able to find you based on the filtering system of the Superprof website.

In other words, you can start teaching basic English lessons right up to more advanced English lessons easily at Superprof, depending on your flexibility, ability and preferences.

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