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TEFL CV—Examples & Ready to Use Templates

Being a masterful ESL teacher is one thing. Getting to interview to prove that is another thing entirely. Time to write a TEFL CV guaranteed to get an A*!

Dave Rygielski
Dave Rygielski
Career Expert
TEFL CV—Examples & Ready to Use Templates

1.5 billion people speak English. What does that mean? That 6 billion people could be willing to pay to have you teach them! It also means that you could be doing it in pretty much any place in the world that you always wanted to visit.

No matter whether you’re just beginning your journey, or you’ve already trained legions of native speakers, this TEFL CV guide will help you get exactly the job you want.

In this guide:

  • A TEFL teacher CV sample that gets the interview. 
  • Tips on building your job description for maximum effect.
  • Expert hints to increase the chances of your TEFL teacher job application.

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TEFL Teacher CV Example You Can Copy and Use

Andresa Jáquez Gallegos

78 Golf Road

Bramford, IP8 5TY

07973 981 503

AndresaJaquezGallegos@teleworm.us

Personal Profile

Personable TEFL teacher with 6+ years of experience of teaching classes of 20+ students of native Portuguese and Spanish speakers. Maintained 100% passing grades amongst students by introducing extra classes for students falling behind and the tandem system. Founded a base of films and TV series with subtitles and organised poetry and recitation competitions to increase engagement in learning. Seeking to leverage proven skills in a role with Brazilian International School.

Work Experience

TEFL Teacher

International Language School, Madrid, Spain

August 2017—Present

  • Conducted daily lessons compliant with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for six classes of 20+ students, whose first language is Spanish.
  • Introduced a tandem system with the help of 25 native speakers to help students to use their language knowledge in practise.
  • Founded a base of 300+ films and TV series with Spanish and English subtitles with free access to all of the students.
  • Organised 3 winter and 2 summer language courses for students with different knowledge of English language.
  • Introduced a poetry and recitation competition that takes place every semester.
  • Founded a weekly discussion book club for students with more advanced language skills.

ESL Teacher

International Language School, Lisbon, Portugal

September 2014—July 2017

  • Developed 8 different course plans and resourceful working materials for children and adult learners at basic and advanced level.
  • Retained 100% of the passing of the EFB, FCE and CAE exams among students attending classes.
  • Set extra classes for students falling behind to bring them to the level of the rest of the group.

Education

MA in Education, 20122014

University of Manchester

BA (Hons) English, 20092012

University of Manchester

Certifications

  • 2014 — Level 5 TEFL Certification (168 hours), The TEFL Academy

Languages

  • Spanish (native)
  • Portuguese (advanced)
  • Italian (beginner)

Skills

  • Communication 
  • Writing Lesson Plans
  • Attention to Detail
  • Managing Student Behaviour
  • Emphasis on Practise

That’s a top-of-the-class TEFL CV. Here’s how to write your own:

1. Use a Professional CV Format

Life is about first impressions. Of course, we are often wrong. The problem here is, with your CV, you don’t get second chances. Once it’s in the bin, it’s in the bin. It is therefore imperative that your CV layout is easily skimmable and neat.

That’s easy, if you apply a professional CV format:

TEFL Teacher CV Format

Don’t add an address to your CV. In your CV header list your telephone number, e-mail address and LinkedIn profile only.

2. Spark Their Curiosity With Your TEFL CV Objective

If you had to complete your interview on an escalator by the time you reached the top, what would you say? That’s the best way to think about your CV profile. What would really convince someone to hire you?

Construct an attention snatching professional summary by answering each of the following questions concisely:

  1. Who are you, what’s your experience (expressed as years+)?
  2. What’s your most unique achievement?
  3. What’s your most impressive/relevant achievement?
  4. What can you do for this employer?

4-6 lines is plenty. Draw their attention and make them read the rest of your TEFL CV.

TEFL CV Summary—Example

Good Example
Personable TEFL Teacher with 6+ years of experience of teaching classes of 20+ students of native Portuguese and Spanish speakers. Maintained 100% passing grades amongst students by introducing extra classes for students falling behind and the tandem system. Founded a base of films and TV series with subtitles and organised poetry and recitation competitions to increase engagement in learning. Seeking to leverage proven skills in a role with Brazilian International School.
Bad Example
TEFL Teacher with experience of teaching classes of Portuguese and Spanish native speakers. Introduced extra classes for students falling behind and the tandem system. Able to create different lesson plans for different skill levels.

Don’t hide behind empty statements and generalisations. Refer to real achievements, and hit them with your strongest suit.

If you’re applying for your first job ever or writing a career change CV, focus on highlighting your transferable skills and showing your future employer how you can help. See these career objective examples:

TEFL CV Objective—Example

Good Example
Empathetic TEFL teacher with 3 years of experience as a tutor. Highly skilled in English and GCSE tutoring. Maintained 95% positive feedback from clients. Looking to bring a passion for English teaching to Hong Kong English Learning Centre.
Bad Example
Entry-level tutor seeking an TEFL teaching position. Recent Newcastle University graduate.

Expert Hint: How to make starting a CV easier? It is by far easiest to do this once you have completed the other sections of your CV for TEFL teacher jobs, especially your job description.

3. Leave an Impact With Your Job Description and Skills

If they’re bored they won’t remember you, leave enough of an impression on them into giving you a job. Therefore, don’t write a shopping list! A shopping list CV is what we call ones that only list responsibilities and duties of the job, without giving any perspective or achievements.

Sure, you’re an ESL teacher, you taught and helped develop non native students' language. How many of them in a class? How many classes a day? How well did you do? Did you get commended for anything? How did you stand out? What was a key moment for a struggling student? Were you able to build upon an existing curriculum. When you tell them what you did at the previous job, they can imagine what you can do for them.

Start each line with strong CV words and use the STAR (Situation-Task-Action-Result) formula to encourage yout.

TEFL CV Job Description

Good Example

TEFL Teacher

International Language School, Madrid, Spain

August 2017—Present

  • Conducted daily lessons compliant with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for six classes of 20+ students, whose first language is Spanish.
  • Introduced a tandem system with the help of 25 native speakers to help students to use their language knowledge in practise.
  • Founded a base of 300+ films and TV series with Spanish and English subtitles with free access to all of the students.
  • Organised 3 winter and 2 summer language courses for students with different knowledge of English language.
  • Introduced a poetry and recitation competition that takes place every semester.
  • Founded a weekly discussion book club for students with more advanced language skills.
Bad Example

TEFL Teacher

International Language School, Madrid, Spain

August 2017—Present

  • Conducted daily lessons compliant with the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) for classes of students whose first language is Spanish.
  • Introduced a tandem system to help students to use their language knowledge in practise.
  • Able to create different lesson plans for different skill levels.

For the things that require a mention, but don’t deserve a whole line, there’s an answer. You can list them in a CV skills section, right under your work experience, or if you like, in a sidebar (in those fancy modern CVs!)

TEFL Teacher Skills for CV

  • Ability to accept / give constructive feedback
  • Classroom management
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Creating tests and exams
  • Development of curriculum
  • Impeccable command of English grammar in use
  • Individual and group counselling
  • Language arts
  • Lesson plans
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Record keeping
  • State educational standards
  • Student learning
  • Teamwork skills
  • Time management
  • Writing lessons plans
  • Active listening
  • Adaptability
  • Attention to detail
  • Cheerful attitude
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Computer skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Creativity
  • Customer service
  • Data entry
  • Detail-oriented
  • Efficiency
  • Empathy
  • Good understanding of non-verbal communication and body language
  • Initiative
  • Managing student behaviour / expectations
  • Multi-tasking
  • Multitasking
  • Open-mindedness
  • Organisation
  • Patience
  • Positive attitude
  • Problem solving
  • Relationship building
  • Sensitivity towards cultural differences
  • State educational standards
  • Student learning
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

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4. Include Your Education Section

Unless the job posting calls for specific education, you can leave the education section until last. Your prior work experience and skill set are more of an argument for hiring you than your GCSEs. For your highest education level, just list the certification type, school name, and graduation date.

Here’s an example of how to add your education on a CV:

TEFL CV Sample—Education

Good Example

Education

MA in Education, 20122014

University of Manchester

BA (Hons) English, 2009–2012

University of Manchester

Expert Hint: If you are writing a CV with no experience in ESL teaching, you can add relevant coursework to your CV, too.

5. Include Added Sections to Your TEFL CV 

If you still have some free space on your CV, make use of it and add some extra CV sections. Only impart information which is relevant to the position, or one that will show off your adaptability, multitasking and responsibility.

Above all, remember to include your TEFL certification (complete with the year of completion and the name of the awarding institution) in a separate section. Although some employers don't require formal certifications and focus on simply hiring native speakers, completing a TEFL or CELTA course that's at least 100 hours will broaden your options. 

Plus, these extra sections can be relevant:

Compare these two TEFL teacher CV examples:

TEFL CV—Extra Sections

Good Example

Certifications

  • 2014 — Level 5 TEFL Certification (168 hours), The TEFL Academy

Languages

  • Spanish (native)
  • Portuguese (advanced)
  • Italian (beginner)

Skills

  • Communication 
  • Writing Lesson Plans
  • Attention to Detail
  • Managing Student Behaviour
  • Emphasis on Practise
Bad Example

Added Information 

  • Fluent in Spanish, and comfortable with Portuguese 
  • Practise driven language lessons for non native English-Speakers
  • Great with MS Office

One last CV tip.

If the employer asks for one (they probably will), write a TEFL teacher cover letter. Let someone else proofread your application to find any mistakes, and you’re good to go!

Expert Hint: The number of TEFL and similar teaching jobs is estimated to grow by over 10% by 2027. This means lots of opportunities, but also more competition than ever. Make sure to personalise your application to the company and its culture and write a targeted CV to boost your chances of getting hired. 

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Key Points

Remember the following pointers:

  • Stick to the CV format guidelines—margins, fonts, 1 page, reverse chronological.
  • Sprinkle your TEFL teacher job description with achievements and numbers.
  • Split up certifications, skills and other bonus sections properly. 
  • Write a TEFL cover letter. 

Did you find our TEFL CV examples helpful? Did we help you get your CV for ESL teacher jobs right? Leave a comment. We’ll be happy to reply.

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Dave Rygielski
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Dave is a career expert delivering a wide range of well-researched advice regarding the job hunting and application process. At ResumeLab, his data-driven resume and cover letter guides help readers capitalize on their potential.

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