Teachers of English to Speakers of other Languages teach classes in English to students whose first language is a language other than English.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Registration or licensing may be required.

Tasks

  • assessing the extent of language difficulties in students for whom English is a second language
  • teaching students individually and in small groups out of the regular classroom, and assisting students within normal classroom settings
  • teaching students English language skills using a variety of methods including lecture and visual demonstration
  • providing assistance to other classroom teachers by designing special teaching programs for students with English language difficulties
  • designing and producing teaching materials and adapting existing materials
  • preparing course outlines and goals
  • assigning lessons, correcting homework, and preparing and grading exams
  • analysing, recording and reporting progress to regular classroom teachers, parents and students

Job Titles

  • English as a Second Language Teacher

    Fast Facts

    • Avg. Weekly Pay

      Unavailable
    • Future Growth

      decline
    • Skill Level

      Bachelor Degree or higher
    • Employment Size

      4200
    • Unemployment

      below average
    • Male Share

      21.9%
    • Female Share

      78.1%
    • Full-Time Share

      38.4%

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    This is a very small occupation employing 4200 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has fallen slightly.
    A fall in the number of jobs is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create up to 5,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.

    • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages work in most parts of Australia.
    • They nearly all work in Education and Training.
    • Part-time work is very common. Full-time workers, on average, work 39.1 hours per week (compared to the all jobs average of 40 hours).
    • The workforce is fairly mature. The average age is 52 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years) and around 6 in 10 workers are aged 45 years or older.
    • Around 8 in 10 workers are female.
    • In 2016, the unemployment rate was below average.

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Employment trend data to November 2015 and Department of Employment projections to 2020.
    YearNumber of Workers
    20056400
    20065800
    20075800
    20084400
    20096600
    20104600
    20115700
    20127100
    20134300
    20143300
    20154200
    20203700

    Weekly Earnings

    Full-time Earnings

    All Jobs Average

    Weekly Earnings (before tax)

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    Hours

    Weekly Hours Worked

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Hours actually worked by people who usually work full-time, and share of employment by full-time and part-time status, for this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesAll Jobs Average
    Full-time38.468.4
    Part-time61.631.6
    Average Weekly Hours (full-time)39.140

    Main Industries

    Top Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Education and Training98.1
    Other Services1.9

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesAll Jobs Average
    NSW31.231.8
    VIC24.225.5
    QLD24.519.8
    SA7.16.8
    WA11.411.2
    TAS1.62
    NT01.1
    ACT01.8

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-190-5.45.4
    20-242.1-9.99.9
    25-3412.1-23.423.4
    35-4423.7-21.721.7
    45-5423.8-21.121.1
    55-5912.8-8.78.7
    60-6421.6-5.95.9
    65 and Over3.9-3.83.8

    Gender

    Male Share

    Female Share

    Gender (% share)

    Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2016, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Male and female share of employment in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    CategoryTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesCategoryAll Jobs Average
    Males21.9Males53.6
    Females78.1Females46.4

    Education Level

    Top Education Levels

    Highest Level of Education (% share)

    Source: ABS, Education and Work (2016). Findings based on use of ABS TableBuilder data. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Skill level requirements can change over time, the qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate100-8.68.6
    Bachelor degree0-17.917.9
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma0-10.110.1
    Certificate III/IV0-18.918.9
    Year 120-18.718.7
    Years 11 & 100-17.717.7
    Below Year 100-8.18.1

    A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually needed to work in this job. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Registration or licensing may be required.

    If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job.
    The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.

    It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.

    Employers look for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages who can communicate clearly with people from diverse backgrounds, are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team.

    Knowledge

    The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. English Language

      93% Important

      English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    2. Education and Training

      90% Important

      Teaching and course design.

    3. Customer and Personal Service

      71% Important

      Customer and personal services. This includes understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

    4. Psychology

      66% Important

      Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.

    5. Mathematics

      63% Important

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    Activities

    The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.

    1. Training and Teaching Others

      95% Important

      Identifying the educational needs of others, developing training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

    2. Interpreting Information for Others

      81% Important

      Helping people to understand and use information.

    3. Getting Information

      80% Important

      Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

    4. Coaching and Developing Others

      79% Important

      Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping others to improve.

    5. Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Staff

      79% Important

      Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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