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January 06, 2009

Rising unemployment in the UK is pushing people towards TEFL

Unemployment in the UK is causing many to rethink their careers. A significant number of unemployed people are retraining as teachers. There is clearly a great need for more primary and secondary school teachers, but many are also taking training courses in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and looking for new directions overseas.

The Guardian newspaper recently reported on this trend and commented that getting a TEFL qualification provides 'a chance to escape the UK and its particularly gloomy predictions for the near future'. There are no clear signs that language schools in Japan are receiving more applications from UK nationals, but this could easily change in the near future.

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