Teaching English as a Foreign Language
| Around the world, English is widely studied as an important language. Abroad, many foreign-language speakers learn English in order to communicate professionally in science, the humanities, or government. Here in the United States, non-English-speaking immigrants must also learn English. Both at home and abroad, there are many job opportunities for people who can teach English to speakers of other languages. This is a specialized task; most TEFL ("Teaching English as a Foreign Language") jobs require some certification, though you don't necessarily have to know another language. And if you're one of those people who has accomplished the task of mastering English as a second or third language, you may have a particular advantage as a teacher! |
There's an increasing demand, especially in the public-school system, for teachers who are bilingual and can teach English to nonnative speakers, especially those who speak Spanish or Asian languages (Chinese dialects, Hmong, Vietnamese, Thai, etc.). In addition, if you are multilingual, you may have opportunities to work as a translator or teacher in health care or government.What skills and credentials do I need to teach EFL in the U.S.?
To become an ESL/EFL teacher, you should be bilingual and should attain state certification in elementary or secondary education. While completing your education certification, you should take special courses in teaching English as a foreign language.
Where are the jobs?
The demand is greatest in the far west and the coastal northeast, areas that have the largest populations of recent immigrants. TEFL teachers who speak Spanish, east Asian languages, or Eastern European languages are particularly sought-after. However, there are opportunities in almost every major metropolitan community.
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