Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages teach students who are not native English speakers. English Language Learners (ELLs) often have difficulty in learning the second language and it is the responsibility of the teacher of English to speakers of other languages to make the transition easier over time.

Duties and tasks

  • Assisting English language learners in basic skills and tasks in all subject areas
  • Communicating to students with a primary language other than English in an effective manner
  • Promoting English skills in students of all ages and abilities
  • Supervision and implementation of an English as a second language program
  • Teaching English language learners English as a second language

Skills required

  • Ability to create a specialized program to enhance the English language learning process
  • Ability to teach English as a second language
  • Assigning lessons, tasks, and providing hands-on activities to enhance the use of English
  • Knowledge of other languages and dialects, other than English
  • The ability to work with students of all ages and abilities in a variety of subjects

Working conditions

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages have many options in working conditions. Some teachers work in classrooms with English language learners, while others work at a community center, outreach program, or in an individual home. Hours will vary based on the specific working conditions and students can range in ages from children to adults.

Professional associations / Industry information

Department of Education (WA) 

Department of Education and Training (ACT) 

NSW Teachers Federation 


Queensland College of Teachers 


Teachers Registration Board of South Australia 

Victorian Institute of Teaching 

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