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Guide to the Humanities

Guide to the Humanities - Selected Resources

What is teaching ESL?

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a traditional term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment. That environment may be a country in which English is the mother tongue (e.g., Australia, the U.S.) or one in which English has an established role (e.g., India, Nigeria).

English as a Second Language (ESL or TESL) also refers to specialized approaches to language teaching designed for those whose primary language is not English.

From About.com Grammar & Composition

What careers can I have teaching ESL?

The increasing use of English throughout the world means there are career opportunities for teachers of English as a second language (ESL) in education as well as fields such as business, hospitality, entertainment, and more. But teaching ESL requires more than fluency in English and a lesson plan. You will also receive education and training in linguistics, second-language acquisition, language pedagogy, materials development, assessment and evaluation, and cross-cultural communication.

Adapted from UC Berkeley Extension

ESL Databases

Why study teaching ESL?

Who doesn't love the idea of travel? Who doesn't dream about a job that could take them anywhere in the world? If you're interested in teaching English as a second language, you've chosen one of the most popular careers for those with a true sense of adventure.

As with most careers, there are certain personalities that succeed at this job. Are you an independent worker? Do you have a love for other cultures? Are you a pre-planner? Are you prepared to make a few big leaps?

If after all of this you're still determined to teach English as a second language, then you know what to do. Start researching and working your connections as soon as possible.

Adapted from ESL Employment

Books on Travel

Books on ESL

Books on English Language