English as Second Language Teacher

(TESL) Jenna Cooper

Description of career

An english as a second language teacher helps people learn and understand the english language. To be an english as a second language teacher, you have to have very good grammar. You also need to be able to have to ability to help others learn and communicate in the english language.


This job requires a bit of traveling. English speakers are more in the United States so it requires you to travel to other places to teach students the language.


There are no major things that could cause danger in this career unless it involves accidents getting to your designated location. You also do not know the person you are going to teach at first. They may have a dangerous personality.


The advantages to this job is that you help immigrants improve their english language. That helps the growth of the economy. The teacher also has off on weekends, holidays, and summers not including tutoring.


English as a second language teachers at public schools will need to earn at least a bachelor's degree and meet state teaching requirements. Professional organizations such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) offer online education and testing that leads to a certificate as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). For non-school or volunteer positions, a teaching degree or certificate is not always required; however, a degree or relevant experience may improve job prospects.


2 Universities that can provide training for the career are Georgetown University and Columbia University.


Depending on experience and further qualifications, salaries can become higher and may range from $25,000 to $38,000 a year. Starting salaries range from $14,000 to $25,000 a year.