Job Title: English Language Learner Teacher/Coordinator
Type of Company: I work in a school district just outside of Boston.
Education: BA, French, Merrimack College MA, TESL, Framingham State College
Previous Experience: I started my career as a French and Spanish teacher. Due to a decreased foreign language enrollment and an increased English language learner enrollment, I re-tracked.
Job Tasks: My job as an English Language Learner (ELL) teacher is to help identify, assess and plan instruction for English language learners. It is my responsibility to help students learn content material that is all in English. In order to help non-English speakers learn in English, I use a variety of techniques, including visuals, pre-teaching vocabulary, small group instruction and modified texts. I work closely with content teachers to help them make accommodations to their classroom instruction. I also offer after-school training for classroom teachers. I help students acculturate by teaching them about a new language and culture.
An important part of my job is to act as an advocate for my students by helping ensure that proper modifications are being made to the mainstream curriculum. In addition to being an advocate, I act as a liaison with the parents to try to involve them in their child's learning. At times, I help parents with their own education by helping them find English classes.
It is very rewarding working with English language learners. Typically, I work with students for more than a year, so I am able to witness their growth. It is very difficult to come to a new country. My job is to help make the process easier!
Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is when students succeed in the mainstream. When my help allows them to earn good grades, I am happy.
The worst part of the job is being at two schools and not having enough time to spend with beginning English speakers. I also feel sorry when my students are not welcomed to their new country.
Job Tips: My first piece of advice is to understand the process of language acquisition, so you know what to expect when students learn a language.
My second piece of advice is to get a Master's degree in the field so that you will have a background in linguistics, teaching techniques and the role that culture plays in learning.
My final piece of advice is to try to involve foreign students in school and community life.
Click the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .
Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school
Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs
At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.
Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.
Most stories include:
Please also see our detailed information about Elementary School Teachers, including: