- TESOL Teacher
You’ve got a love of words and culture and a desire to connect with people. Turn your interests into a career by studying a language course.
What do language graduates do?
Graduates of language courses may take on a wide range of roles. If you choose to work as a language teacher, you may perform tasks such as:
- Assessing students’ existing knowledge of a language, conducting initial tests and interviews, and grading students into classes;
- Assessing students’ difficulties;
- Designing, planning and preparing lessons, activities, exercises and games to assist with students’ learning of language concepts;
- Preparing lessons according to a set curriculum, including teaching grammar, vocabulary, pedagogy and language context;
- Designing, producing and adapting teaching materials for students;
- Assisting with language learning in a classroom setting, including explaining concepts, answering student questions and conducting exercises;
- Assigning and correcting homework and tests;
- Administering, marking and correcting tests; and
- Analysing, recording and reporting progress to students and other teachers.
If you choose to work in social and cultural policy development and analysis, you may perform tasks such as:
- Collating historical data by consulting information sources including historical indexes and catalogues, archives, court records, diaries, newspaper files and other materials;
- Organising, authenticating, evaluating and interpreting historical, political, social, anthropological and linguistic data;
- Undertaking historical and cultural research into human activity, and preparing and presenting research findings.
If you choose to work as a translator or interpreter, you may perform tasks such as:
- Translating written documents between languages;
- Providing simultaneous and consecutive verbal or signed renditions in another language;
- Rendering the meaning and feeling of what is said and signed into another language; and
- Studying original texts and transcripts of material to comprehend subject matter and translate them between languages.
After completing a language course, you’ll have the opportunity to work in a wide range of roles across multiple industries. Roles you may take on include:
- TESOL Teacher
You’ll enjoy studying a language course if you:
- Love words and communicating
- Enjoy learning
- Are interested in different cultures
- Are a creative thinker
- Can work independently
- Are curious about the world
- Are resilient
- Are disciplined
- Have excellent writing and communication skills
- Are empathetic
Job opportunities exist for language course graduates in social and teaching roles.
The Australia Government’s Job Outlook states that approximately 10,100 people are currently employed in social and cultural professional roles in Australia. Employment opportunities in this field have been growing modestly over the past decade, and are predicted to continue rising to employ approximately 10,400 people by 2020.
While Job Outlook states that teaching English to speakers of other languages is a small profession with limited job opportunities, the field currently employs approximately 4,200 people in Australia. While the profession is likely to contract slightly in the next few years to employ approximately 3,700 people by 2020, jobs are available in many international markets for language teachers and professionals.
The British Government’s equivalent Prospects states that the majority of English teaching roles exist outside of native English-speaking countries, identifying opportunities in Japan, China, east Asia, the Middle East, parts of eastern Europe, Spain, Italy and Germany.
After completing a language course, you may choose to work teaching English to speakers of different languages. As an English as an Additional Language teacher, you can expect to earn between $39,000 and $76,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $72,000 per year.
If you choose to work as an interpreter, you may expect to earn between $35,000 and $61,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $50,000. If you choose to work as a translator, you can expect to earn between $40,000 and $76,000 per year, with an annual average salary of approximately $61,000.