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language teaching?

sweetchildofminesweetchildofmine Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
edited February 2011 in Education Majors
I don't really know much about the subject. But I have been telling my D to get herself a license to teach english. This really isn't what "she's always dreamed of", but she does some tutoring on the side from school and also works as a traslator/interpreter. So, although perhaps she doesn't think of this as a career to pursuit, it could land her nice jobs (lately I see many vacancies por english/foreign language teachers). She is about to finish her UG degree (not in education).

What options could she have for teaching ESL or a foreign language to english speakers?

All advice appreciated!
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  • RedDinosaurRedDinosaur Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    She'll need to go alternative route for a teaching license or go back to graduate school for education. I'm not sure what area you live in but in NY, NJ, PA area there really is no demand for English teachers. In fact it's an area that's very hard to find a job in.

    If your D is interested in teaching in another country then she can find a job much easier in English
  • sweetchildofminesweetchildofmine Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    I totally forgot to mention that, thanks for bringing it up. Yes, of course teaching English was meant for working abroad. In fact, looking around I've seen many programs (from private companies and from the government) looking for people to teach English abroad. D is very interested in working for the government and travelling would be a HUGE plus for her, so I did come up with this idea.

    This was actually what I meant. But I did read that in order to do this, one would need to actually fulfill the same requirements as if one where to teach in the States.
    As for teaching foreign languages, in this case I did mean the States. I guess it would require the same license as English?
  • RedDinosaurRedDinosaur Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Sorry for the delayed response!

    A foreign language certification is about the same as it is for English. The tests are slightly different in that foreign languages require a speaking portion on the exam. The demand for a foreign language teacher depends on the language itself. In most cases, I feel that Spanish, Chinese, and Latin are in the highest demand.

    There are A LOT of programs in Asian countries for English/ESL teachers. S. Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong are the most popular destinations for western teachers (probably b/c they're 1st world countries except for parts of China). The schools will pay the teacher a salary plus living expenses.
  • sweetchildofminesweetchildofmine Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    I've been running aroung like crazy the past month I'm, too, sorry for the delay. My kid just started working as an in house interpreter. She's overall loving it, and she's very sure she loves the language scene. Although probably won't have the expertise to actually become an interpreter in every language she takes, I had no idea but it's quite demanding. So teaching languages is like a nice plan she's got going on in her head.

    Language teaching and interpretation/translation (yes, she does both), not really what I though she'd end up liking. To me it's quite unknown.. I'll ask a little more on some other thread.
    But just to stay in topic, do you think it's actually worth it? She does love languages and teaching them and all.. but I don't know if it's a good enough market to intend to make it her bread and butter. What do you think? She's native in spanish and english, knows her french (but still has a long way to go to becoming proficient) and has fallen for portuguese (which shouldn't be that difficult).

    I'm sorry if this post sound a little intense, but it seems like D is taking a U TURN. She still likes what she used to, but now in her work environment she's feeling very into this option.
  • RedDinosaurRedDinosaur Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Sounds like this is something she truly loves! That is great news since so many people work in areas that they're not the least bit passionate about. I'm not too knowledgeable about interpreter jobs but as far as language teaching there is a demand depending on where you live/go. Trying to teach in the mid-west of the US for foreign language I would imagine isn't demanding at all since not as many immigrants travel there. Teaching in states with a much larger immigrant population would be her best bet. If she enjoys traveling she can always teach abroad.
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