Our center in San Diego is downtown on San Diego Avenue. It comprises several bright, large classrooms. It has a cafeteria, computer and copier access. TEFL students have the opportunity to observe different teachers at work. At the same time, they teach local immigrants from San Diego. Teaching Practice is followed by feedback and evaluation to help prospective teachers to quickly progress to higher levels of performance.
TEACHING ENGLISH IN SAN DIEGO
In general, there is huge demand for TEFL teachers here, but the market is competitive. Main TEFL regions are all major cities – particularly New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami. Teaching jobs are available through private English institutes in the fields of General English, Business English, TOEFL and ECCE. There is also work available through university language programs: General English, TOEFL, and English for Specific Purposes. Due to the large amount of immigrants, Migrant English Programs teach General English, TOEFL and English for Specific Purposes.
Benefits such as accommodation support or flight reimbursement are unheard of in the U.S. You will have to organize your own apartment, which can be very expensive in the big cities. For example, a one-bedroom place in San Francisco will cost around $1000 per month! U.S. teachers get around this by sharing apartments.
The compensation rate for ESL/EFL teachers in the U.S. is $15-40 per hour. Newly qualified teachers shouldn’t accept less than US $18 per hour.
Novice teachers will pay about 13% of their wages as tax, at the higher end of the salary range, it’ll be more like 17%. The cost of living is high, but cheaper than much of Western Europe. A beer in a bar will cost about $5, a cheap fast food meal is about $6, while a loaf of bread is about $1.50 (at ALDI) and $4.00 at most U.S.-owned supermarkets..
You’re unlikely to save any money unless you’re well-qualified and thus well-paid, or you’re able to get free accommodation (e.g. living at your parents’ house if you’re hail from the US).
WHY SAN DIEGO
The exciting and culturally diverse city of San Diego is a great place to start your career teaching English! San Diego is one of three of the top world destinations for International students learning English along with London, England, and Sydney, Australia. One of the largest cities in the USA, you will find a fabulous variety of cultural activities, outdoor recreation, shopping, dining and entertainment. Our Southern California weather, an average 80 degrees and sunny most of the year, helps make San Diego a favorite tourist destination and a very pleasant place to live.
San Diego is the second largest city in California and the eighth largest city in the United States. We are a border town, with Tijuana, Mexico, just 45 minutes from downtown San Diego along the Pacific Ocean on the West coast of the United States. As of 2008, this metropolitan area has a population of 3,146,274. According to Forbes Magazine, the City of San Diego ranks as the fifth wealthiest in the United States. San Diego’s economy is composed of agriculture, biotechnology, biosciences, computer sciences, electronics manufacturing, defense-related manufacturing, financial and business services, ship repair and construction, software development, telecommunications and tourism. The presence of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with the affiliated UCSD Medical Center promotes research in biotechnology.
SAN DIEGO WEATHER
San Diego has a semi-dry warm steppe climate. It enjoys mild, sunny weather throughout the year. Average monthly temperatures range from about 57° Fahrenheit (14° C) in January to 72 °Fahrenheit (22° C) in July, although late summer and early autumn are typically the hottest times of the year. The average annual daily temperature is 70.5° Fahrenheit. Snow and ice are virtually nonexistent in the wintertime, typically occurring only inland from the coast when present.
The summer months are virtually rainless. Rainfall is highly variable from year to year and from month to month, and San Diego is subject to both droughts and floods. Thunderstorms and hurricanes are very rare.
Our Center provides a service that will meet you at the San Diego International Airport and take you to your accommodation, between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm, seven days a week. The cost for this personal service is $50 and must be arranged in advance. Should you arrive outside those times, you may take a taxi from the airport to your accommodation.
San Diego City Bus #923 travels directly to Ocean Beach from the airport, but it has a limited schedule, and your accommodation may be on a different route. We suggest you look for information regarding public transportation in San Diego. You can use the route planner on the San Diego Metropolitan Transportation District website at www.transit.511sd.com