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How to become an English Teacher

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The demand for an English teacher is always there since English is one of the most commonly spoken languages of the world. This is the reason as to why there are a lot of people who are willing to learn all about this language as knowing it will make them successful in business. The demand for English teachers is good in a lot of countries. Other than teaching the language to the professionals, businessmen and career aspirants, an English language teacher is also required for instruction in grade schools and colleges in the United States.

English teachers have the responsibility to instruct their students in junior high and high school. They are also required to conduct classes in academic subjects like:
  • English and math
  • Mechanical drawing or Wood work
The role of an English language teacher is to begin at the roots and add complexity to it for triggering the intellect and imagination of the students and prepare the foundation for advanced education in the future and help them to go for jobs when they are adults. A teacher is required to assist their colleagues to plan courses with the help of novel methodology and material or arrange extracurricular activities like social groups and sports.

Obtain a bachelor's degree in English for becoming an English teacher in grade school in the United States. The teacher preparation requirements are things that vary between states, although they generally require a bachelor's degree for the English teacher jobs. If you have a bachelor's degree in another subject and want to become an English teacher, you need to qualify for an English test to start teaching.

A master's degree in English is required for teaching the subject at a college level. While most colleges may require a master's degree, others may look for a PhD.

The English teacher should be skilled to work and perform as a team comprising the school counselors, school administrators, and school psychologists. Beyond the classroom, they should focus on including communities, government agencies, and parent groups into the curriculum.

English teachers of junior high school tutor pupils of grades 7 to 9. High school teachers teach grades from 10 to 12. In some school districts, intermediate or middle schools replace high schools. These schools begin with grade five.

College plus training is a must for the English teacher jobs. You may also enroll in a teacher preparation program in the state of your choice and do an online search to find the parameters that are required by the state. Some of the programs are thorough. If you shift states after receiving your certificate, you may have to fulfill further formalities for being an English language teacher in that state.

Other training requirements include examinations, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, familiarity with student teaching and course work in education. In fact, a master's degree is becoming mandatory for English teacher jobs in a number of states.

It is best to go for substitute teaching in grades 6 to 12 for demonstrating your likeness for the class room and its ambience. Go for an online check to find the requirements of substitute teaching for your state. Speaking with grade school English teachers to find out whether being an English teacher is the right job for you also helps in gaining the experience that is required. Observing some of their classes also helps.

Online job posts are available for online finding jobs as an English teacher in various countries. Many countries look for all kinds of people for English teacher jobs and for them having a college education and qualifications are not mandatory.

The median salary for the English teachers can vary between $42,000 and $47,000 on an annual basis. The salary of the English teacher varies with education, length of service, experience, and location of the school. In the year 2004, the median salary for secondary school English teacher jobs was from $41,400 to $45,970 a year.

English teachers with a master's degree can earn much more than teachers with a bachelor's degree. In many schools, teachers receive a bonus payment for supervision of the extra curricular activities and coaching sports. The teachers of private schools earn less than their counterparts in the public schools. English teachers also receive the following benefits like:

  • paid holidays and vacations
  • health insurances
  • retirement plans

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