Learn to teach English to dual learners or teach abroad

Published: March 08, 2021

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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL, is an exciting and dynamic career in this time of international business and educational opportunities for Auburn University students interested in pursuing the College of Education degree.

Alabama, like many states, is experiencing growth in international students and professionals, so TESOL has many career benefits. Among many other changes, the Hyundai-Kia manufacturers and suppliers are having an enormous impact on the Alabama-Georgia I-85 corridor.

Education majors can add value to their resume with specific training in methods of teaching and working with multilingual learners in K-12 schools. Principals are interested in hiring teachers who have the necessary knowledge and skills to work with this particular group of students. Their excellent teaching credentials from Auburn will only be enhanced with a Master’s degree in ESOL Education, which is part of the Department of Curriculum and Teaching.

Outside the College of Education, students from a variety of majors enjoy life-changing experiences in teaching English abroad. These jobs have many rewards for well-trained teachers. The Office of International Programs/Study Abroad maintains this list of such job opportunities.

ESOL is not just for native speakers of English. The major attracts many non-native speakers as well.

Regardless, having specific knowledge and skills to teach English is essential. The English for Specific Purposes Master’s degree is designed for those seeking positions overseas and in settings outside the traditional K-12 public school setting.

To learn more, please contact program coordinator Gwendolyn Williams at gmw0015@auburn.edu.

Submitted by: George Littleton