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ESL Instructor

Instructors of English as a second language are referred to as ESL instructors. As an ESL instructor, you will provide instruction for people with limited proficiency in English. The people you will teach will be immigrants or other people whose native language is not English. ESL instructors help adults to speak, listen, read, and write in English. They use real-life situations to promote learning and to help the material make more sense to the learner. Eventually, the more advanced students will concentrate on and learn writing and conversational skills. They may also focus on learning more academic or job-related communication skills.

ESL instructors teach adults who have a wide range of cultures and abilities. Their students may also speak a variety of languages. Some students have obtained a college degree and many of these students advance quickly through the program. This could be due to their age, previous language experience, educational background, and native language. Because of these factors, other students may need additional time to learn the material. In most cases, the ESL instructor and their students often do not share a common language. In order to conduct good communication in the classroom and achieve learning goals, the ESL instructor must be creative.

Required Education
Most state and local governments, as well as educational institutions require that ESL instructors have at least a bachelor's degree in education. However, most prefer a master's degree. In addition, you may be required to obtain an elementary, middle, or secondary school teaching certificate. Many employers have also begun requiring a special certificate in ESL or adult education in order to become an ESL instructor.

Publish date: February 10, 2011