Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Kaiako Reo Pākehā (ki te Hunga Kōrero Reo Kē)

Teachers of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL teachers) teach people from non-English speaking backgrounds how to speak, read and write English.

To teach in a school, ESOL teachers need to be registered with the New Zealand Teachers Council, or be given a limited authority to teach by the Council.

Limited authority to teach means that a person has the skills to teach their subject, but may not have a specific qualification normally associated with teaching.

ESOL teachers may do some or all of the following:

  • analyse students' language abilities and assess their needs
  • design and prepare learning materials and course outlines
  • make sure suitable learning aids and resources are available
  • prepare and present lessons
  • work with individual students to set up learning objectives, such as speaking and pronunciation, or reading and writing skills
  • monitor and report on student progress
  • teach skills for coping in a new community.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for ESOL teachers includes:

  • teaching
  • experience of learning to speak another language
  • volunteering as a home tutor.

Working as an unqualified ESOL teaching assistant in a school is useful experience before completing a teaching qualification.

Personal Qualities

ESOL teachers need to be:

  • organised
  • good at solving problems
  • skilled at listening and building relationships
  • good at writing
  • interested in, and understanding of, people from a range of cultures
  • positive, friendly and approachable
  • adaptable, energetic and good at motivating people
  • sensitive and caring
  • patient and creative.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for ESOL teachers includes:

  • teaching
  • experience of learning to speak another language
  • volunteering as a home tutor.

Working as an unqualified ESOL teaching assistant in a school is useful experience before completing a teaching qualification.

Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)s can earn around $46K-$75K per year per year.

ESOL teachers may progress to jobs in areas such as:

  • training ESOL teachers
  • language policy and planning
  • curriculum development
  • textbook design and development
  • working with new migrants (at government departments)
  • welfare or marketing at private institutions that work with international students, such as universities.
Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

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