Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages, Young And Old

September 8th, 2009

England has one of the most divergent cultures in the world, with people living here from every continent. It is now a necessity that anyone claiming immigration in Britain has a certain level of English under their belt, however this is not enough for most people to be able to have a decent conversation in English. It is extremely hard to integrate with the rest of society if you cannot hold a conversation with anyone outside your own circle. There is no point in coming to England if you are not going to get involved with society at large.

Whilst some may view this as extreme, English should be known by everyone living here no matter where they originally came from so that we can fully communicate our similarities and differences. TESOL teachers can help children and adults to get a better understanding of the English language, so that they can become a part of society and not alien to it.

Teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) is a rewarding and skilled career. Whilst you do not need to be a qualified teacher, to be able to teach English to immigrants you need to be of graduate level. If you are working in the private sector you can sometimes get a job without a degree but you have to have an excellent grasp of the English language. If you are working in a state school within the UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is required on top of your degree. This is ideal for recent graduates who would be willing to complete a PGCE as there is a much greater opportunity to become a TESOL teacher than in a more oversubscribed subject such as English, Geography and History.

With better job opportunities and the chance to meet people from different backgrounds and cultures on a daily basis, teaching English to speakers of other languages is a career full of opportunities.

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