Teaching English as a Second Language

With the world opening up its frontiers and people talking of a “global village” you need a language to bind all men together. The onus is on English. So these days more and more people from non English-speaking countries are going in for English lessons. From this stems the popularity of the profession of teaching English as a second language.

There is a great demand for people capable of teaching English as a second language. In USA, an MA in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) qualifies you for teaching English as a second language. Additionally, you will need a license from the state and this is available after you have gone through an extensive round of field experiences and language pedagogy course work.

In Britain, you will need certification from UCLES (University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate) or Trinity International Examinations Board of Trinity College, London to be able to start a career in teaching English as a second language.

When you are teaching English as a second language, your students will be people whose native language is not English. Thus your class may consist of children in non English-speaking countries who are required to learn English as part of their syllabi. There may be migrants to English-speaking countries who need to learn the language in order to get employment and citizenship in their adopted land and also businessmen who wish to learn the language in order to communicate with their counterparts in the English-speaking regions of the world.

Thus as someone teaching English as a second language, the location of your job may or may not be in an English-speaking country. In fact, with Asia emerging as economic powers, teaching English as a second language is a lucrative career option there, besides the added lure of getting to visit a new place.

Your work while teaching English as a second language will involve teaching at colleges, community and language centers and also in elementary schools either on an one-to-one basis or in a classroom setting. Individual tutoring or teaching English as a second language in small batches in home may also be required in case of immigrants.

With English slowly becoming the language of business and communication all over the world, as a teacher of English as a second language you have to shoulder the responsibility of equipping people with this powerful tool.

When you are teaching English as a second language your responsibilities apart from delivering the lessons will include planning and preparing the curriculum, designing the teaching aids and of course, adapting your teaching to your students’ requirements. You will be required to monitor your students’ progress too.

For your teaching, you can take the help of the existing classroom resources or the various quizzes and forums dedicated towards teaching English as a second language. You can even use these material for assigning homework.

Teaching English as a second language is now a rewarding career option, with prospects of fat pay packets when you are working overseas and traveling. There is also the very satisfying feeling that you are, in your own small way, contributing to the creation of “One World, One Language”.

Teaching English abroad, overseas allows you to have your cake and eat it too – it gives you the opportunity to travel and see the world while you earn.