English language learning degree programs are ideal for students who want to teach English to students for whom it is not their first language. Students in these degree programs will take courses in education and English, and learn how to combine the two into effective language teaching inside and outside of the classroom.
Students in English language learning programs will take courses in curriculum development, multicultural perspectives, education technology, linguistics, language development, literacy, and history of the English language. They will likely take courses that vary from standard English courses and will dive deeper into the language’s grammatical and syntactical intricacies, so that teachers can answer potential students’ toughest questions about the language. Many students may want to consider also earning a degree or taking advanced course work in another language, especially Spanish.
Though many programs are offered online, it will likely be necessary for students to complete fieldwork through classroom observation and student-teaching, most of which will need to be completed in person.
Certifications for teaching vary by state, so it is important for prospective students to look into what their state requires before they step into the classroom. Prospective teachers may be required to take tests in addition to their schoolwork to demonstrate competency in their subject matter as well as in best teaching practices.
Teachers of English language learning can teach in traditional classrooms, working with international students, recent immigrants, or those who simply do not understand the language at the same level as their native-speaking peers. They could work with students alongside their daily teachers, making sure they understand assignments, or could work with one class of students full-time. They can also work for community, governmental, and non-profit organizations, helping children and adults develop their language skills and become more comfortable in their communities.