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

Also known as: English as a Second Language Teacher.

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in education majoring in English as a second language is needed to work as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages often have university qualifications.

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

All Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

  • $1,402 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 5,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 37% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 49 years Average age
  • 76% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 5,100 in 2018 to 4,700 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 3,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 600 a year).

  • Size: This is a small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,402 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
  • Full-time: Less than half work full-time (37%, less than the average of 66%), showing there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 41 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 49 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (61%).
  • Gender: 76% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
YearNumber of Workers
20085700
20095400
20106000
20114800
20126600
20135600
20143000
20153000
20165900
20176700
20185100
20234700

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
EarningsTeachers of English to Speakers of Other LanguagesAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings14021460

Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training96.4
Health Care and Social Assistance0.7
Public Administration and Safety0.7
Administrative and Support Services0.7
Other Industries1.5

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
NSW33.331.6
VIC28.625.6
QLD18.920.0
SA7.37.0
WA8.210.8
TAS1.12.0
NT0.71.0
ACT1.91.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, 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
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-241.9-9.39.3
25-3416.1-22.922.9
35-4421.4-22.022.0
45-5424.3-21.621.6
55-5914.3-9.09.0
60-6412.8-6.06.0
65 and Over9.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). 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 Certificate54.6-10.110.1
Bachelor degree39.1-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma3.6-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV0.8-21.121.1
Year 121.8-18.118.1
Year 110.1-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.1-12.512.5

A bachelor or postgraduate degree in education majoring in English as a second language is needed to work as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages often have university qualifications.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board may be needed to work as a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check

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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.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. English language

    85% Skill level

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

  2. Education and training

    82% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Customer and personal service

    57% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    53% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Clerical

    52% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

Occupational Information Network
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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-3011.00 - Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Contact with people

    99% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  2. Lead or coordinate a team

    92% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  3. Electronic mail

    92% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  4. Teamwork

    89% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    88% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-3011.00 - Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors.

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