Cover Letters For Teaching English Abroad

Cover Letters are Key the First Impression

The cover letter is a crucial part of your presentation, one that warrants serious time and effort. It’s an opportunity to separate yourself from other applicants, and if thoughtfully done can be the difference in securing an interview.

The following is an outline of a typical cover letter:

  • Paragraph 1: State what job you are applying for and how you heard about it.
  • Paragraph 2: State why you will be perfect for the job. Mention your CELTA certification.
  • Paragraph 3: Give a short overview of your experiences, especially how they are related to the job you are applying for. Consider covering these points: your experience teaching, your experience working with adults/children (as the job requires), your experience in settling into different cultures.
  • Strong closing: The following is a typical closing sentence for a cover letter:

      I have attached a copy of my résumé for your review. My e-mail address is jdoe@gmail.com, my home phone number is (212) 987-6543 and my cell phone number is: (917) 123-4567.  Please, feel free to contact me anytime if you have further questions.

      I appreciate your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

      Yours faithfully,
      John Doe, CELTA

Note: The generally accepted etiquette for signing off on a letter is to use “Yours sincerely,” when you know the name of the person you are writing to, but if you don’t know the name (i.e. you opened the letter with “Dear Sir or Madam,”) you use ‘Yours faithfully,” to close.

Things to consider when writing your cover letter:

  • Make sure you highlight your CELTA certification early in the letter. It will be a major factor for the employer as he/she considers your candidacy.
  • Tailor your letter to the school and local area—it’s truly worth your time. Once you’ve done the research, think about what makes you a good fit for this particular community. This is the best way to show enthusiasm.
  • Give specific examples of your teaching approach in order to illustrate how you could benefit the school’s students.
  • Writing to a stranger about yourself is an awkward thing. To ensure the proper tone, ask both a friend and a colleague to proofread your cover letter.

Sample Cover Letter for a Teacher

Example of a Cover Letter for Teaching and Education Jobs

Cover letters for teaching positions should demonstrate that the candidate has the requisite training, education, and certification for the job, as well as any special skills outlined in the job listing.

You might want to stress skills like communication, critical thinking and organization, as well as any specific experience that will help distinguish you from the competition. Newer teachers can feel free to mention experience gained during their training and education, as long as it applies to the position.

The usual rules for cover letters apply: give the hiring manager a sense of your experience, skills, and philosophy, but don’t try to tell your whole life story in a few paragraphs. If your resume and portfolio are your highlight reel, your cover letter is the teaser: you want to get the reader’s attention and make them want to know more. Keep it succinct, and don’t duplicate the information in your resume or CV.

The following is an example of a cover letter for a teaching position, as well as a sample teaching resume.

Sample Cover Letter for a Teacher

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, ZIP Code

Date

Contact Name
Title
Organization Name
Address
City, State, ZIP Code

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

I have a very strong interest in pursuing a teaching career. With experience working at both the elementary and high school levels, as well as in activities outside of the traditional classroom, I have a diverse background with much to offer.

My first classroom teaching experience was during high school. I was a volunteer elementary school religion teacher at a local church for three years. In addition, I worked for several summers at Sunny Beaches Arts Camp teaching theater, and each season, I coordinated and staged a play.

I have student teaching experience on the first- and third grade levels, in both suburban and urban school districts.

I particularly enjoyed working with at-risk children. My careful preparation of lessons allowed me to break down complicated concepts to simple examples that my young students could grasp, which was rewarding for both my students and me.

Last year, while studying in Milan, I taught English to high school students. Managing the difference of abilities among my students proved a difficult, but gratifying, challenge. I tailored activities to maintain the interest of high-level students without intimidating less-skilled English speakers.

My resume is enclosed. I will forward an official copy of my transcript along with references under separate cover. I will contact you next week to discuss employment opportunities; in the meantime, please feel free to contact me at [insert telephone number] or [insert email address.]. I look forward to speaking with you.

Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Signature (hard copy letter)

FirstName LastName

Teacher Resume Example

The following is an example of a resume for a teacher. It includes teaching experience, certification and other work experience. Again, it’s a good idea to match your resume to the ad, selecting keywords that appear in the job listing.

This will increase the chances that your resume will make it through the applicant tracking system and to a real person’s eyes.

Joan Applicant
123 Main Street
Chicago, IL 12345
(111) (111 -1111)
Joan.Applicant@email.com

Experience

Teach For America, Chicago, IL

Month 20XX - Month 20XX

  • Developed lesson plans, reviewed and graded in-class and homework assignments; instructed fourth-grade English students at P.S. 123

Stanislus College Early Childhood Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

Month 20XX - Month 20XX

  • Responsible for leading educational activities for daycare-aged children, including interactive software, basic reading and writing skills.
  • Responsible in assisting with all other classroom and administrative duties

Camp Ramapo for Children, Rhinebeck, NY

Month 20XX - Month 20XX

  • Monitored special-needs teens (13 to 17 years old) throughout daily activities.
  • Counseled, supervised and chaperoned camp attendees during daily activities and field trips.
  • Promoted safety and enhanced summer fun and learning experiences.
  • Resided in same quarters as teen-age girls; provided residence guidance six days per week.

Education

Stanislus College, Saratoga Springs, NY

  • Bachelors of Science: Education Studies (Provisional Certification in Elementary Education)
  • Bachelors of Arts: Classics; Department Honors

Universidad Autonóma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

  • Advanced studies abroad in Education

Certifications

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAST) & Content Specialty Test (CST)
  • Teach for America training and certification

Languages

  • Fluent: English, Latin
  • Conversational: Spanish

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