Here are six tips to help you reach your goal:
1. First, be aware that you are part of a changing TEFL landscape.Admittedly, it can be more challenging to get hired as a foreign teacher abroad because there can still be a bias toward native English speakers for jobs, yet this is changing- for the better! It's changing not only due to the sheer number of people learning English worldwide (an estimated billion) but due to the growing realization that English is not just used to speak to native English speakers, but is widely used as the lingua franca between people from nations where English is not the primary language.
2. Use your multilingual skills to get an edge on the competition.As a bilingual teacher, you have a lot to offer. Unlike a teacher who just speaks English, you can comfortably teach classes of total beginners (whether children or adults), since you are able to explain vocabulary and grammar concepts, when necessary, in their native tongue. Emphasize this when applying to teach in countries where your native tongue is spoken.
Check out this post with more advantages of teaching English as a non-native speaker.
3. Get as qualified as possible.You may have studied English education in your home country, and that’s a great background (and probably more than most native English-speaking teachers will have). However, also having a TEFL certificate that is internationally recognized (and at least 100 hours) will add to your credentials and help you meet the specific requirements of language schools. Classroom-based certification courses such as the Cambridge CELTA or Bridge IDELT (offered online and in person) are especially respected and can go a step further to show prospective employers you are serious about the profession of teaching English.
Read an interview with Feruz, a teacher in Uzbekistan, who got TEFL certified after earning his PhD!