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Career Definition for High School ESL Instructors
High school ESL instructors create and implement lesson plans that can help students become fluent in spoken and written English. In particular, ESL teachers provide non-native learners with instruction in pronunciation, sentence structure, and conversational skills. Educational objectives include helping students transition into mainstream classes on a permanent basis and enhancing their participation in social activities. ESL instructors also work to prepare high school graduates for life in an English-speaking country, either in a college or university setting or in the professional world.
|Education||Bachelor's or master's in ESL or a related field|
|Job Duties||Create and implement lesson plans, provide instruction to non-native learners|
|Median Salary (2015)||$57,200 (all high school teachers)|
|Job Growth (2014-2024)||6% (all high school teachers)|
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
High school ESL instructors usually hold a bachelor's degree and a state teaching certification or license. ESL certification is typically pursued separately. Certificate or master's degree programs in ESL, English Language Learning or English as a Foreign Language are available and can take up to two years to complete. Core coursework may include topics in the principles and practice of teaching English as a second language, world cultures, linguistics, and bilingualism. Although helpful, knowledge of a second language is not necessarily required.
High school instructors who work with non-native students should be patient and empathetic, and have excellent organizational and time-management skills. Communication skills are key, especially when interacting with other teachers, administrators, or parents.
Employment and Salary Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that high school instructors in general are predicted to have a 6% growth in employment nationwide from 2014 to 2024. Opportunities will vary according to region, with the number of jobs declining in the Northeast and increasing across the South and West. According to the BLS, high school teachers in general earned a median annual wage of $57,200 in May 2015 (www.bls.gov).
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