Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Job Vacancy Abroad; Teaching English As Foreign Language

Teaching English As A Foreign Language Teacher

Job description
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) - also referred to as teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or English language teaching (ELT) - involves teaching English to those whose first language is not English, either in the UK or overseas. TEFL teachers work in commercial language schools, schools and institutions of further and higher education in the UK and overseas. Some may teach in industry, whilst others are self-employed. Teaching takes place with students of all ages and levels in various group sizes depending on where you teach. Classes are usually taught in English, even with beginners.
Typical work activities
Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), like any other teaching job, is about conveying information to students in an informative and interesting manner. Students learn English for a variety of reasons: to improve their conversational English; to improve their standard of English in preparation for school exams; to improve their English to gain entry to an English speaking university; or in order to be able to use English in their job. Consequently, the content of the lessons will vary. Depending on the school, the level of ability of the students may vary too.

The aim of each lesson is to encourage the students to communicate with each other using the structures and vocabulary they have learnt, and to improve the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Teachers will use a wide range of course books, other materials and a variety of audio-visual aids. There is a lot of emphasis on dialogue and role-playing, but more formal exercises, language games and literature will also be used.
Typical work activities are likely to include:
- planning, preparing and delivering lessons to a range of classes and age groups;
- marking/providing appropriate feedback on oral and written work;
- devising and writing new materials;
- getting involved in social and cultural activities;
- participating in marketing events for the school;
- carrying out freelance teaching on a one-to-one basis;
- running specialist courses for adults or business people, which may require knowledge of scientific, technical or commercial terms.
Teaching English As Second Language Teacher
Job description
Teachers of English as a second language work with adults and children whose first language is not English, and who live (or are seeking to live) on a long-term or permanent basis in the UK. They work in a range of locations to help learners develop linguistic and cultural competence to participate fully in British education, work and cultural environments. ESL and E2L are common abbreviations for English as a second language. The abbreviation EAL (English as an additional language) is current in schools, as is ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) within adult education.
Typical work activities
Teachers or tutors deliver classes to adults at colleges and in community and language centres. In primary and secondary schools, tuition is provided on an individual basis or support is provided in a classroom setting. Some teaching to adult migrants, one-to-one and in small groups, is also delivered in the home.
Typical activities include:
- planning, preparing and delivering lessons and workshops for groups and individuals;
- designing and producing teaching materials and adapting existing materials;
- carrying out assessments of students' needs;
- planning schemes of work;
- assessing students' progress;
- keeping records;
- attending team meetings;
- attending and contributing to training sessions;
- providing mainstream language support;
- collaborating with class and subject teachers;
- co-operating with bilingual classroom assistants;
- advising colleagues;
- facilitating home/school liaison;
- preparing information for inspection visits and other quality assurance exercises;
- helping to draft and review institutional policies relating to the education of students with English as a second or additional language;
- engaging in continuing professional development (CPD);
- assisting in bidding for project funding.

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