ERIC Number: ED413794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
The Adult ESL Teaching Profession. ERIC Digest.
Florez, MaryAnn Cunningham
This digest examines the emerging profession of teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults who live and work in the United States, offering suggestions for beginning a career in this field and continuing to grow professionally. The fundamental duty of an ESL teacher is to facilitate development of communication skills in English, in either classroom or tutorial setting. In many programs, the ESL teacher must also transmit substantive content beyond language instruction (e.g., job skills, survival skills). Program setting, type, approach, learner group, and scheduling vary widely. ESL teachers often work under challenging conditions, with high turnover and burnout rates. However, many also feel the intrinsic rewards of the work are considerable. Adult ESL teachers come from a wide variety of backgrounds, combining formal and informal training and experience. Prospective ESL teachers should have some experience in second language learning and teaching. The most common options for formal training are the certificate and master's degree, although alternative training structures may be considered. Exploration of career options, through professional association, contact with other ESL teachers, volunteering, reading, Internet exploration, and conference attendance, is recommended. (Contains 15 references.) (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Career Planning, English (Second Language), Job Analysis, Language Teachers, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Rewards, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Education, Teacher Qualifications
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; National Clearinghouse for ESL Literacy Education, Washington, DC.