Teaching English in Italy
The saying goes – “When in Rome, be like the Romans.” By teaching English in Italy, this means experiencing the world’s greatest works of art, architecture, and cuisine.
There’s not much to dislike about Italy. It’s a paradise for cuisine, as Italian food is some of the best in the world. Italian people are generally very friendly and helpful. It’s also well-positioned near the Alps and easy to get around the rest of Europe.
There’s a pretty good market for English language learning in Italy. Some of the most popular places for teaching English in Italy are in the public school system or private language schools.
If you want to teach there, you need a university degree. Employers check if you have TEFL certification, which helps prepare you to teach in a classroom. You can expect to earn €1000-1200 euros ($1,200-1,500 USD) per month.
Working hours vary from week to week, but it’s usually around 20 per week. The majority of schools are good with some requiring teachers to travel extensive distances every day.
If you are already living in Italy, it’s common to apply directly to schools. You can also find job postings on websites like Indeed and the TEFL.com job board. Typically, it slows down during the summer months significantly so keep this in mind when you’re applying for jobs.
Private Language Schools – If you work in a language center, the school connects you with Italian students who are interested in learning English. Because students can be anywhere between 5 to 60 years old, all classes are different with varying lengths, and levels of difficulty.
SITE Program – The SITE (Study Intercultural Training Experience) Program is an internship opportunity for American English-speaking teaching assistants in schools of Lombardy, Italy.
You can expect an average monthly salary for teaching English in Italy of €1000-1200 euros a month. If you are doing any freelancing type of work, the hourly wage is about 12-15 euros or double in university cities, especially with IELTS.
An apartment is anywhere in the €500 monthly range. Alternatively, you can share living space and only pay €200-250 a month. Schools can also assist with your living arrangements.
Food can be fairly expensive if you’re eating out. But if you eat in, it can cost you only €50 per week. In general, the south of Italy is much cheaper and the wages are nearly the same.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can expect to earn €1000-1200 euros ($1,200-1,500 USD) a month.
Yes. All teachers require a degree for teaching English in Italy. TEFL certification helps prepare you to teach and is well-accepted at schools in Italy.
All students are different. Naturally, the students who want to learn English are motivated, patient, and are fun to teach. Those that are forced to take the classes are more mixed, with some who are entirely disinterested in learning English. These situations are completely normal for any group teaching scenario.
In a language school, there is more of a culture of keeping customers satisfied. You are expected to provide lessons and go above and beyond the expectations of your students to keep them interested and developing their language skills.
It’s not common to have a dress code for schools in Italy. What you wear isn’t so important as what/how you teach. Unless it’s a business-oriented type of lesson, there is no need to dress up in a suit and tie for work.
A lot of jobs aren’t posted online and require the applicant to be in Italy. Good sources of TEFL jobs in Italy are TEFL.com and Indeed.