The Future of ELT Jobs: Identifying and Qualifying for Growing Markets

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The future is bright for the English language learning market. Identify the ELT job markets with the greatest potential and learn how to qualify for these growing job segments. Whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced one looking to the future, knowing which jobs are predicted to grow will put you on track for career growth as well. Join our panel of industry experts as they discuss ELT job trends, important qualifications that will meet job requirements, and upskilling ideas that will help you stand out from the crowd.


Mike Solly
Mike’s 30-year experience in English language teaching has included classroom teaching, teacher education, materials writing, project management, and research. He has lived and worked around the world, spending many years in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. After 10 years with the British Council, Mike worked at the Open University as a senior lecturer in international education, playing a leadership role in the large-scale English in Action project in Bangladesh, and as Director of the TESSA project in Sub-Saharan Africa. Mike returned to the British Council in 2015 with a global role in English for Education systems and particular responsibility for the British Council’s approach in the area of languages for migrants and refugees. Most recently Mike has been working on the Future of English project having initiated the idea with a group of colleagues during the first lockdown, and is one of the authors of the 2023 publication.
Shélynn Riel
Shélynn Riel is Bridge's Expert Series Moderator and regularly contributes articles and ELT news reports to the BridgeUniverse blog. She has served as an English language instructor for over a decade, a program coordinator in both university and community-based programs, and an English Language Fellow with the U.S. Department of State. Her interests include holistic teacher development, learner identity, and decolonial ethics in the language classroom. She is the co-creator of The Teacher Think-Aloud Podcast, which focuses on reflective practices for teachers around the world.
Cecilia Lemos Harmer
Cecilia Lemos Harmer is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer and materials writer. She is currently a freelance writer and teacher trainer from her home in Cambridge, UK. She is currently a joint coordinator of IATEFL’s TDSIG, fostering her passion for teacher development.

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