Teachers of English as a second language work with adults and children whose first language is not English,
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.
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 and contributing to training sessions;
providing mainstream language support; cooperating with bilingual classroom assistants; facilitating home/school liaison; 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.