Your wages as an ESL teacher in Italy will entirely depend on if you are working legally and the region that you are in. While the northern regions of the country boast expensive cities and a lot of pretty wealthy people, the south of Italy is the polar opposite. A teacher might make 20 Euros per hour in Milan while earning far less than 10 for the same work in Naples. Business professionals can offer 30 Euros per private lesson, while university students may only be able to pay 7. However, your rent and other expenditures will also change accordingly, so be flexible and choose your destination wisely. Live like a true local and go where the Italians go. Read: TESOL Jobs and Job Hunting In Italy
You can earn a very good salary teaching English in Italy, if you are willing to work 50 hours a week and always be on the go. I make over 3500 euro per month as a freelance teacher, teaching English at public schools in the morning, language schools in the afternoon, and business English courses in the evening. I start my day at 11 am and finish at 9 pm. I have a lot of time in between classes to have a nice lunch and relax. I earn a good income, so I can afford a nice little Opel that takes me wherever I want to go on my breaks.
Giovanna Cardi has been teaching English in Italy since 2011 and she completed the 120-hour TEFL certificate course with OnTESOL in 2014. We asked her to tell us a little about her experience as an ESL teacher in Italy in order to help new teachers prepare for the job. In this Q&A, Giovanna answered everything that new teachers wonder about the job hunting process and she told us how studying for her TESOL certification helped her become a better teacher.
Emily is our TESOL Expert in Italy. She completed Ontesol’s 100-hour TESOL course in 2012.
Parma has a lot to offer and the people that live here are quite happy. There is a rich tradition of theater and one can find productions ranging from modern dance to lyric opera to children’s theater. Teatro Regio, one of the most prominent theaters in Italy, is right in the center of town. There is also Teatro Farnese, a historical theater built in the early 1600’s that played a key role in the development of Italian theater. It is located in the Piazza della Pilotta, which also houses the National Gallery in which artwork by Parmigianino and Correggio are exhibited.
Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is a growing industry in Italy because many parents are pushing their kids to learn English. This year, I am working for three different language schools and each has offered me courses teaching children.
Italy is divided into twenty regions. Because of its long history, each region and even each small town may have many differences ranging from dialect to food specialties. My TESOL experience has been in Emilia-Romagna, so I will focus on what it is like to teach in this region.
Job opportunities for English teachers in Italy are abundant. Once you work out any potential visa or residence permit issues, you will have no trouble finding work as a teacher, even with little to no experience. Italy has a very diverse TESOL industry and there are many options available, depending on your qualifications and work experience.