How does one become an ESL teacher?

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  1. newbie87

    newbie87 Comrade

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    I'm going to be getting my BA soon and my cert. to teach p-3. The idea of ESL has been that has been floating around in my mind for about two years now. Now, I'm really interested. So, since I'm going to be getting my BA in ECE. How would I becme an ESL teacher? Get a masters in it? Or do I have to take more undergrad classes after I get my cert. and BA?
     
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    Like everything else, it depends on your state/district.

    In my district, the process involves only two steps: 1. Become licensed in your subject/grade, and 2. Obtain a TESL certification or endorsement. For me, all I needed was 12 graduate-level classes in TESL (which was paid for by the district). It was super easy and I learned a lot in my TESL classes, more probably than I learned in other Ed classes I've taken.

    One of my coworkers has a masters degree in TESL. In my district that's probably a little overkill (as in, not technically necessary in order to be an ELL teacher), but she enjoys the subject and decided that it would be fun to get her masters in it. Most of the other ELL teachers at my school are licensed in regular, core subjects like English, Math, or Social Studies and have a TESL cert/end on top of that.
     
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    How fluent does one need to be in a non-English second language to teach ESL?
     
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    You can know zero about another language and do ESL. ESL isn't about communicating with students in their native language--it's about teaching them to communicate in English.
     
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    Depending on the students, I've noticed sometimes it's better not to know their language. Thanks for the advice. :) I'm going to look up my state and see. If I ever need a masters (which it seems required after getting tenured where I live), though, I might do it in ELL just because I find it to be interesting.
     
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    You don't need to be fluent, or anywhere near fluent, in a second language. An ESL teacher will have students who speak any number of languages in the class. It's not likely that teacher would know each of those languages.
     

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