Teaching ESL

Teaching English as a Second Language

English as a second language, also known as ESL, is not an easy task. The basic idea is that you will be teaching a person, either a child or an adult, how to fluently speak a language other than their native tongue. The English language is already a rather difficult language to speak, but then you add in all of the different nuances such as sarcasm and cultural differences and you can start to see how some people may run into problems attempting to master this feat. A large majority of the students are refugees and immigrants that need to learn English to be able to settle into society in the United States. As a teacher of this difficult subject, you can expect to work with people of all ages and learning abilities and can include teaching at commercial language schools, institutions of higher education, colleges, different industries (teaching employees), and some teachers are even self-employed. If you are thinking of becoming a teacher after you read this article check out this link on How to Become an ESL Teacher.

Responsibilities of an ESL teacher

There is a plethora of books, visual and audio aids, and other materials that are at your disposal as an ESL teacher. A very important part of learning English is role play for everyday activities that your student may run into. You can also use games and literature to help your students grasp their new skill.

The content included in lessons varies on the different reasons the students may be learning English. You would teach an adult that is learning so they can expand their career, or business opportunity into English speaking areas differently than you would teach a 10-year-old that is moving from a Spanish speaking community to an English speaking area. Always try to encourage your students to communicate with you and their peers using the vocabulary and sentence structures you have been teaching them. This will help improve the

This will help improve the four basic language skills:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing

Here are a couple of tasks you can expect to master as an ESL teacher:

  • Planning and prep of lessons to deliver for different age groups and types of learners
  • Managing the classroom
  • Prepping and grading tests, papers, oral work, and providing the necessary feedback
  • Writing and producing learning material to be used in the classroom
  • Organizing and getting involved in social activities
    • Sports
    • Parties
    • Dinners
    • Excursions
  • Freelance teaching on a one-on-one basis
  • Basic administration duties

We hope this will give you a good idea of what kind of things you can look forward to as an ESL teacher. If you have any questions or feedback please feel free to contact us here.