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Teacher - English as a Second Language

Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) teach, and assist other teachers to teach, students whose first language or dialect is not Standard Australian English to become proficient with the English language.

Duties & Tasks
ESL teachers may perform the following tasks:
  • teach students basic or advanced English language skills
  • teach students individually and in small groups outside of the regular classroom, or assist students within normal classroom settings
  • diagnose and assess English language competency in students whose first language is a language other than English
  • provide assistance to regular classroom teachers by designing special teaching programmes for students with English language difficulties
  • provide advice concerning the community services available to assist students with English language difficulties.
  • Personal requirements
  • an understanding and acceptance of cultural differences
  • an excellent grasp of English language structure
  • able to identify the needs of individual students
  • very good communication skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • prepared to work outside of school hours
  • patient when dealing with students of differing abilities and cultures.
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