Back To CourseOhio Assessments for Educators - English to Speakers of Other Languages: Practice & Study Guide
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Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.
You are very excited about your future career as an English as a Second Language teacher. This means that you are always open to learning more and keeping updated in the field. This is a great personal quality you possess because your willingness to learn shows you want to be the best teacher possible. Of course, this personal quality benefits your professional growth as well because you will get to advance in your career. Here are some basic sources of professional development available for ESL teacher candidates like you.
Sandy is an ESL teaching candidate. She is currently attending a local certification program in the state of Colorado and is going to finish soon. She has realized it is time to begin the professional development to engross her resume. When she searches for professional development opportunities, say through a conference, a workshop, or a seminar, she finds a lot of available venues she could attend. As advice, do what Sandy does. The first step in deciding whether a given event is appropriate for your professional development is to ask yourself: What do I need to learn at the moment, and what am I going to learn from this event?
Events usually include talks by ESL teachers who have wide experience in the class. This knowledge is very useful because other teachers in your field experience similar situations to the ones you have.
Also, events offer talks by ESL professionals who have done research and might have been published in a journal. This research-based knowledge is also a great resource for you because it means that a scientific study has been applied with some interesting results and recommendations. Now, let's take a look at the types of professional development that can be great tools for you in ESL teaching.
Like all ESL teachers, Sandy knows the importance of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) conferences. Thus, even as an ESL candidate, Sandy knows it is not too early to begin attending conferences where she can increase knowledge. TESOL offers ESL professionals the opportunity to:
Sandy does not stop at attending TESOL conferences. She is also looking for a professional organization already. You can do the same. Check and see which professional organizations for ESL teaching candidates are available in your area. These organizations usually charge a membership fee, but they deliver to you the latest updates in the field, which will save you a lot of searching time. Also, membership often includes benefits such as discounted prices for conferences, materials, etc.
As an alternative, Sandy considers the possibility to look into continuing education. She is right. Your career possibilities certainly do not end with what you have learned so far, whether it is through professional working experience or through instructed knowledge. Universities across the country and world offer different continuing education programs that you can check on. If you are concerned about costs, make sure to check with your school district because available funding for professional development is often not communicated.
Sandy gets ready to begin her job search starting from the time she is an ESL teaching candidate. She does not limit herself to Colorado opportunities. Many organizations, including nonprofits and non-governmental organizations, offer ESL teaching candidates the possibility to go overseas on an exchange program or on fellowships. This way to develop yourself professionally is often overlooked because many think of it just as a job somewhere else. However, it is more than just a job because it provides you with cultural awareness. Cultural awareness is key for ESL teachers since you will be working with foreign students. Go ahead and explore the options.
This is a great step Sandy takes. She is not yet ready to publish in a journal as she is an ESL teaching candidate. However, her experiences that she finds particularly worthy of sharing find an audience through her interesting blog. You can do the same. Make your blog look professional, and do not forget to include it in your resume next time you are looking for a new job opportunity.
Professional development for ESL teachers is not limited to attending conferences, seminars, or workshops or furthering your education through a certification. TESOL is a major resource for conferences. You also develop in your field when you do several things that include but are not limited to going overseas, joining a professional organization, and creating a blog.
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