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Tefl Cover Letter Tips For Teachers

A well-written cover letter can make all the difference when it comes to applying for TEFL positions. Ensure you stand out from the crowd by following our guide on how to write an effective TEFL cover letter.


Research the company

Before beginning to write your TEFL cover letter it is vital you research the company and position. Make sure you have a good understanding of –

  • What the job involves
  • The TEFL company/school
  • Country/local area


Addressing the letter

You should always address your cover letter to the person handling applications to the job you’re applying. Normally, the name of the recipient will be in the job advertisement, but if not, do not be afraid to call the company and ask for a name. If you’re not able to find out the name of the person then Dear Sir/Madam will be best.


Writing your cover letter

Opening paragraph

Briefly explain which TEFL job you’re applying to and where you saw the job advertised.

I am applying for position of Teaching Assistant with *company name* in Barcelona as advertised on TEFL Courses Ireland Job Centre…


Second paragraph

What makes you a suitable candidate for this position? Describe your relevant qualifications and motivations for applying that may not be included in your CV.

I have been strongly drawn to Spain for a long-time and would love to immerse myself in Spanish culture by teaching English to young learners at your school. In addition, my classroom-based and online TEFL training have prepared me fully for the demands of this position…

Third paragraph

This is your chance to explain what contribution you will make to the role. Expand on information contained in your CV.

I have previous experience working with young children at my sports club. I also have experience living abroad as I spent a semester during university studying in France…


Fourth Paragraph

Reiterate interest in role and sign-off with niceties.

I strongly believe my academic, professional and personal skills are well-suited to the role of teaching assistant and as such I will make a positive contribution to your school.  

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Yours sincerely,


Other tips to follow

  1. Keep it concise (one side of A4)
  2. Check grammar and spelling
  3. Highlight most important points of your CV
  4. Link your skills to the role
  5. Polite and formal tone
  6. Use name of recipient if known



Posted in Job Application Advice

ESL Teacher Cover Letter Sample Cover Letter Sample a.k.a. Application Letter

Review this English as a Second Language Teacher cover letter sample which includes all the right sections and information that should be included in any strong cover letter. This example ESL cover letter will help give you ideas even if you are writing an EFL, TESOL, or ELL application letter.

It is addressed properly, contains up-to-date contact information, and matches the resume. These are all integral to creating a strong letter of introduction. A cover letter should include both your contact details as well as the person you are addressing the cover letter to. In this case, Mona's contact details are in the header. A cover letter then needs to include the date, followed by the addressee's contact details. It's also important to find out the name of the person you are contacting so you can properly address them.

Mona's desired position is also easily identifiable. Interviewers hate nothing more than not understanding which position the candidate wishes to secure. The position has been bolded so the reader knows right away what position they are applying for.

This example ESL English as a Second Language teacher cover letter / application letter showcases Mona's formal education and credentials, years of classroom expertise, relevant skills sets, and her enthusiasm to teach all types and levels of ESL learners.

She starts the cover letter off with a strong introductory paragraph that highlights her credentials and teaching licenses, as well as her years of teaching experience. This is followed by her next paragraph which showcases her ability to work with a wide variety of students, as well as her talent to effectively meet the needs of ESL students through a variety of methods.

Her third paragraph delves deeper into her teaching style and describes some of the teaching methods she utilizes to create engaging lessons and improve students' English skills. These are all great points to make to showcase teaching skills and show a school what she can provide them with. After reading this letter, a reader will definitely want to read on to the resume to find out more.

The sample ESL instructor cover letter communicates real examples to provide evidence that the candidate will assist ESL students, facilitate multiple intelligences, enhance student comprehension, and provide all children with a meaningful learning experience.

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