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Beginning Your Career in TESOL

5 Nov 2018 10:51 AM | Anonymous

Are you new to the field of TESOL? Are you evaluating how to adjust to new employment trends in the field? Check our online and in-person resources to help you explore next steps.

The theme for ORTESOL's Annual Fall Conference, Navigating Change in TESOL, highlights the need for ESOL professionals to explore how changing learner demographics, employment trends, skills, and teaching strategies create new opportunities for transforming our teaching practice in ways that are relevant, innovative, and adaptable to different contexts. 

If you are considering a career in TESOL, you will find that the field is as rewarding as it is demanding. Teaching English as a second or foreign language requires skills beyond just knowing the language.

Properly trained teachers

  • know the latest research-based methodologies for language teaching
  • know how learners acquire a new language
  • have the patience and empathy to support students as they struggle with the language
  • develop specialized skills through years of dedicated practice in the classroom
Clearly, you must be more than a native speaker.

English language teaching opportunities exist throughout the world. Opportunities vary depending on the following factors:
  • Where you want to teach (public or private, geographical location) 
  • What level you want to teach (pre-K–12, adult, or postsecondary) 
  • Your background and qualifications
If you are interested in beginning a career in English language teaching TESOL provides a number of online resources. 

Getting Started

Doing the Research

Finding a Job


Source: Beginning Your Career http://www.tesol.org/enhance-your-career/career-development/beginning-your-career

Note: Membership for TESOL is separate from ORTESOL. Attend the Fall Conference for the chance to win a free International TESOL membership! ORTESOL gives away 7 free memberships a year.


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