How to Become an ESL Teacher


ESL Teacher Job Opportunities

ESL Teacher Jobs - Canada


ESL Teacher Jobs - United States



English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher Job Description

English as a second language (ESL) teachers are responsible for teaching English to students who do not speak English as their primary language. ESL instructors must ensure that their students are able to obtain both written and spoken skills in English. They may work for an educational institution, a private organization or as a private tutor.



ESL Teacher Job Duties

• May oversee class of students who do not share the same primary language

• Explain lesson elements by using pictures, gestures and demonstrations

• Ensure students become proficient in understanding English in passive and active forms

• Use technological aids in lessons, such as PowerPoint presentations, overhead projectors, online resources and multi-media clips

• Liaise with other teachers and administrative staff

• Review and grade the work of students

• Assign homework

• May work with students from different age groups



Scholarships for Becoming an ESL Teacher

The Applicable Majors section below shows fields of study relevant to a career as an ESL Teacher. You can search for scholarships matched to those fields of study on our All Scholarships by Major page.


Success Tip: Be sure to apply for any scholarships that you even barely qualify for, as there are millions of dollars of scholarships that go unused every year due to a lack of applicants!



Becoming an ESL Teacher: Applicable Majors

Studying one of the university majors listed below is an excellent starting point for becoming an ESL Teacher. Click on the links to find out what else you can do with these majors!


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