English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instructors are responsible for teaching English as a second language to non-native English speakers. They may teach in elementary schools, high schools, and universities, or may work for private companies which offer language programs. One important part of the job involves creating lesson plans to teach non-native speakers how to read, write, and speak in English; these lessons may focus on a wide range of topics, including grammar, pronunciation, and conversational skills. These instructors may also prepare activities or workshops for classes and organize field trips to provide students with realistic contexts in which to view the English language. Those who work for universities may focus heavily on developing students' capabilities to read textbooks and complete college assignments.
ESOL instructors' hours may vary depending on the employer. If working for state schools or universities, they may work traditional school/business hours, but may also have outside tasks such as grading assignments and tests. Some vocational schools schedule ESOL classes in the evening, which requires instructors to work irregular hours. Private ESOL tutors also work irregular hours which may include weekends or holidays.
ESOL instructors work primarily indoors with the occasional exception of a field trip. Their job requires them to interact with a wide range of students of different ages and cultural backgrounds. Necessary credentials vary by state, but most states require instructors to hold at least a bachelor's degree in a relevant educational field, while some states require a master's degree.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Instructor Tasks
Develop curriculums to suit both individuals who need overall education or education in specific skills.
Utilize rote pronunciation, quizzes, textbooks, videos, and multimedia education to solidify skills.
Teach individuals who are not native English speakers to speak, read, write, and comprehend English.