Second language teachers who are sometimes referred to as “English as a second language (ESL) teachers” teach English to people who speak other languages. According to the website www.teaching-esl-to-adults.com they not only teach English speaking skills including proper pronunciation but also they teach their students about the principles of English grammar so that the students become proficient at reading English materials and writing in English. Second language teachers work for nonprofit organizations that specialize in helping immigrants integrate into American society through learning skills they will need to support themselves and their families. They also work in elementary and secondary public schools some of which offer adult education courses in the evening. Second language teachers can also be employed as instructors at community colleges or universities. Some second language teachers work in private language schools or as private tutors. To prepare for a career as a second language teacher individuals usually need a college degree as well as some extra training on what to expect when teaching English to non-English speakers of various ages. It is helpful if they are familiar with and preferably fluent in another language besides English. To facilitate communication they should have some familiarity with the native culture of their students. Job opportunities for second language teachers should be plentiful in the coming years. Their earnings vary depending upon region of the country. Pay in areas with large numbers of immigrants that need to learn English is higher than pay in areas with few immigrants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the median salary for ESL teachers that work full-time is close to $50000. However many ESL teachers work part-time and are paid on an hourly basis at a median rate of approximately $22.26 an hour.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Prepares lesson plans.
Teaches students how to read, speak and write a second language.
Works on word pronunciation with students.
Practices conversations with students using new language skills.
|Also Called:||ESL Teacher
Second Language Tutor
Second Language Instructor