Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

esl teachingTeaching English as a Second Language is a high-demand subject of instruction that continues to experience growth in schools across the country. As children from foreign countries continue to immigrate to the United States and enroll in schools here, the number of students whose native language is not English continues to grow. Thus, many schools have English Language Learners (ELL) programs, also known as English as a Second Language (ESL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). As the primary spoken language in a country with a rich history of immigration and cultural diversity, English and its mastery are an important part of educational development.

ESL is offered for people of all ages, though it is not part of the standard public school curriculum as it is not essential to all students. ESL is a supplementary, comprehensive English language program for students trying to learn the language to better function in American society.

Though ESL is supplementary, ESL teachers may still be employed by the public school system. Many schools, especially in urban areas, have programs in which students set aside part of their normal school day to study the English language in a small group with the close supervision of an ESL teacher. Other ESL teachers may be employed by private institutes to offer English tutoring to speakers of other languages.

ESL Teacher Salary

Average ESL Teacher Salary | More details for ESL Teacher Jobs | Salary ESL teachers can expect to make have a similar salary to most other teachers in their location, subject and with a similar amount of experience. Generally speaking, the longer you work as a teacher the more your salary will grow.

Learn about specific ELS teacher salary offerings, updated regularly via the career and jobs community, Glassdoor.com to the right. Also important to consider is the fact that teachers receive an annual salary based on nine months of in-classroom work during the school year. Not to say that teachers are not still hard at work during holidays and the summer break, but they can certainly pursue other income earning opportunities during those periods as well.

Bilingual Education

Like ESL, Bilingual Education is not a mandated part of the curriculum, yet many schools offer it to accommodate the influx of culturally diverse children. Most often found in urban areas, Bilingual Education seeks to help students whose native language is not English keep up with subjects such as Math and Science, which can easily be lost in translation without assistance.

Bilingual Education exists in many forms, including Transitional Bilingual Education, Two-Way or Dual Language Immersion, and Late-Exit or Developmental Bilingual Education. In these forms, a student will be assisted with non-language subjects so that they can maintain the achievement level of native speakers while learning to speak English. Bilingual classes will often be taught by bilingual teachers, or will have a translator to assist.