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Teachers With ESL Certification In High Demand

Author : Stephen Daniels

In recent decades, English has been recognized as the "universal language" in the global business community. Due to the huge influx of non-English speaking immigrants moving to the United States, as well as the need for international entrepreneurs to speak and understand English, the demand for ESL (English as a Second Language) certified teachers is growing. Many people are attracted to this field as a potential career because of the opportunity to earn a good living while traveling and living around the world.

Requirements to obtain an ESL certification vary depending on where one wishes to work and live. Prospective teachers must have at least a Bachelors degree, both in the U.S. as well as abroad, in order to be considered for employment. In the U.S., depending on the state where one is employed, alternative programs may allow a student to teach ESL while studying for the Certification.

When working abroad, formal certification may not be a requirement, though it could improve one's chances when looking for a position. Work papers and VISAs are also usually necessary for teaching ESL outside the U.S., but these are usually unobtainable until an individual can provide proof of employment. Often, the school can assist a new teacher in acquiring necessary paperwork, once hired.

ESL teacher certification programs consist of a progressive curriculum of coursework. Classroom (student) teaching experience is also often required, followed by standardized testing and governmental review. Since these teachers adhere to the "total immersion method" of instruction, they are not required to be bilingual. The goal of ESL is to use classroom strategies and techniques that assist students achieve fluency as quickly as possible.

Because of its importance in the business community throughout most of Europe, English is taught in the schools to all children; though this is not yet the case outside of Europe. Children who immigrate to the United States require English instruction to help them quickly master the language and assimilate into the culture. Adults can attend English language classes at community colleges and other language schools.

In the Asian and Arab worlds and in many emerging countries, the demand for ESL instructors is quite high. As emerging nations move towards a globally-integrated future, the demand for command of the English language will continue to grow.

In general, ESL teachers abroad enjoy a comfortable standard of living and good pay. Salaries and the cost of living fluctuate from country to country. Living in a large city like Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul is more expensive than residing and teaching in a more rural area. However, many teachers find that the cultural experience is more rewarding outside of the urban areas anyway where they have the opportunity to enjoy the culture and appreciate the natural landscapes of the country.

There are financial and career incentives for ESL teachers. International experiences can translate well to ESL positions in the states. In addition, many teachers opt to continue their own education and obtain a Masters teaching certification both to improve their skill set and raise their salary.

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Stephen Daniels is an internet marketing strategist. If youre looking for a quick start to an exciting and potentially lucrative career in teaching, he recommends National Teacher Education Center. They offer ESL certification programs for both bachelors and masters students.

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