ESL Instructor Certification and Training Courses

Find out what the education and training requirements are to become an instructor in English as a Second Language, which is known as ESL. See what courses you'll need, and learn about specialization certificates. Schools offering Teaching ESL degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Through the medium of today's popular entertainment industries, English has become the language that the world already knows or wants to learn. Enter the role of the ESL instructor, to go to the parts of the world desiring to learn or better refine their skills in the English language. While areas can range from remote villages to a thriving, bustling city, every ESL teacher's fundamental passion to help people on their educational path remains the same.

Degrees Bachelor's degree in education usually preferred as a prerequisite
Online 15 weeks to 6 months courses available for additional certification
Courses Language acquisition theory, grammar fundamentals, applied language study, ESL approaches, second language skills, cross-cultural communications

How Do I Become an ESL Instructor?

ESL instructors teach children and adults how to write and read English if it is not their first language. According to the BLS, most states require ESL instructors to have at least a bachelor's degree. Many programs also prefer instructors to possess a master's degree as well. Once you have a teaching degree and certification, you can work towards additional certificates, such as ESL instruction, which allows you to become more focused in your work.

What Can I Expect from Training Courses?

Many ESL specialization certificates are earned as an 'add-on' to the teaching certification you've already acquired. 'Add-ons' tell your employer that you have gone above your requirements to become a teacher and are specialized in one or more areas of focus. ESL teaching certification demonstrates to your employers and students that you understand the essentials of language acquisition and are capable of teaching a language to students who have a different first language. Many colleges and universities offer ESL certificates upon successful completion of their ESL training programs.

In these training programs, you will learn how to work with children and adults learning English as their second language. You will learn about language acquisition and theory, which will help you plan your lessons. You can expect to take courses such as:

  • Applied language study
  • Approaches to teaching ESL students
  • Teaching second language skills
  • Grammar fundamentals
  • Cross-cultural communications

Can I Earn Certification Online?

Some colleges and universities offer the ESL instructor extension certification online. These online programs can take anywhere from 15 weeks to a six months, depending on your level of time commitment and the school's requirements. Again, you must already have a bachelor' degree to enroll in these online certificate programs. Online classes cover the same material that is taught at an on-site program. You must meet software and operating system requirements for the program before beginning courses.

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