How does an English Teacher become Director of Studies? – Ask the DoS 1

When you’re a lowly TEFL teacher, how do you become a director of studies?

Josh Round (@JoshSRound) is the DoS at SGI English School in London, is also Chair of LONDOSA (the association of Director of Studies of English Language schools in London), and he is the writer behind ‘Be the DoS‘.
So, he is a good man to ask how to make a successful journey from the classroom to management level in the TEFL industry.

This is the first video in a series of 3, where Josh answers important questions in some detail about life as a DoS in relaxed conversation with Bren Brennan who is a teacher at SGI London.


Ask the DoS Questions

In this video, Josh answers…
1. How did you become a DoS at the school?
2. Is it possible to become a DOS without first obtaining higher level TEFL qualifications?
3. What advice would you give to a teacher who wants to become a Director of Studies?
4. If you love teaching English is it worth seeking out a DoS role?
5. Do you miss teaching?
6. Do you have to be great at logistics and admin to be a good DoS?

How does an English teacher become Director of Studies?


If you are interested in studying for a higher EFL teaching qualification, then check out the Trinity Distance Learning TESOL Diploma available through SGI.

You may also like these blog articles authored by Josh.

Come back next week for Part 2 in the Ask the DoS video series.

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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3 Responses to How does an English Teacher become Director of Studies? – Ask the DoS 1

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  2. Adel Marino says:

    I would like information on how does an English Teacher become Director of Studies? Thank you for your kind attention.

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