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Teaching ESL

The need for teachers trained in English as a Second Language – more commonly referred to as ESL – is increasing.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of students requiring ESL services has grown by 104.7 percent over the last 20 years, with an estimated 2.44 million students currently in need of the services.

ESL involves the study and use of English by non-native speaking students. Teachers trained in ESL can work in public and private schools, in colleges and universities and with non-profit agencies whose missions are to help foreigners integrate into their new environment.

Schools are struggling to keep up with the increased demand, in part because there are not enough qualified ESL teachers currently available.

A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required for most ESL jobs. ESL teachers are not required to speak a foreign language, but will learn techniques for communicating with students who are not native English speakers, as well as helping those students to effectively use the English language.

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