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Demand for Teachers With ESL Certification Still Growing

By Guest Author On June 18, 2011 Under Success Secrets

For quite some time now, English has been accepted as the “universal language” in the international business network. Due to the huge influx of non-English speaking immigrants and laborers relocating to the United States, along with the need for international business people to communicate in and understand English, the need for English as a Second Language, also known as ESL certified teachers is on the rise. Lots of people are attracted to this field as a possible career because of the opportunity to earn a good living while traveling and living around the world.
 
Requirements to get an ESL certification vary according to where one wishes to work and reside. Prospective educators must have a minimum of a Bachelors degree, 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, different programs may allow a student to teach ESL while studying for the Certification.
 
When employed abroad, formal certification may not be a necessity, but it may increase one’s chances while searching for a job. 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 an employer can assist with acquiring necessary paperwork, once employed.
 
ESL teacher certification programs contain a progressive curriculum of coursework. Classroom (student) teaching experience is also often essential, accompanied by standardized testing and government review. Since these educators adhere to the “total immersion method” of instruction, they are not required to be bilingual. The purpose of ESL is to use classroom techniques and strategies that aid 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 the case outside Europe. Kids that immigrate to the United States require English instruction to help them speedily 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 schools and in many growing countries, the need for ESL instructors is quite high. As emerging nations shift towards a globally-integrated future, the demand for command of the English language will continue to grow.
 
On the whole, ESL teachers abroad enjoy a comfortable lifestyle and excellent pay. Salaries vary from country to country, and the cost of living also fluctuates widely. Living in a big city like Tokyo, Shanghai or Seoul is more high-priced than residing and teaching in a more rural area. Even so, many teachers find that the cultural experience is more satisfying outside of the cities anyway where they have the opportunity to enjoy the culture and appreciate the natural landscapes of the country.
 
There are monetary and career rewards for ESL instructors. Experiences overseas translate well into at-home ESL positions. Additionally, many teachers choose 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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