– Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TESOL stands for teaching English to speakers of other languages. This can be useful for economic reasons, as English is a common language of international business. Prospective or recent immigrants to English-speaking countries may also be interested in learning the English language. Examples of primarily English-speaking countries include the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
- Collaboration –Collaboration between TESOL teachers can be useful for teaching English to speakers of other languages more effectively, which can improve teachers’ careers and make their jobs easier. Collaboration between teachers can also be useful as an aid to finding jobs in the field. Jobs can open up at any time almost anywhere in the world.
- Internet Collaboration –The Internet can be a useful collaboration tool for TESOL teachers. It is easy to communicate using online technologies such as web forums, email, audio or video chats and instant messaging services. These can be cheap and easy ways for TESOL teachers and students all around the world to collaborate with each other. The Internet is especially useful for TESOL, as teaching English to speakers of other languages is an activity that takes place all around the world. The Internet is also a useful place for learning about TESOL and for gaining new information regarding the field.
- Collaborating in Person –There are also tools available for TESOL teachers to collaborate in person. Meet-ups are one such option, where teachers and students can meet and communicate in person on a local or regional scale. There are also conferences or conventions that take place on national and international levels where TESOL teachers can meet and learn the latest in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages.
- Formal Collaboration –There are also journals and other publications that cater to the TESOL community. Collaboration between TESOL teachers also takes place in the academic context of formal education of teachers who teach English to speakers of other languages. Formal educational requirements for TESOL vary from country to country. In the United States, a Master of Arts degree in TESOL is a common qualification. This education is then followed by state-issued certification in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
- Mentoring –Mentoring is another great way for TESOL teachers to collaborate with one another. Mentorships can be arranged over the Internet and also in person or in an academic setting. This sort of relationship can be useful both for the mentor and the mentee.
- Advocacy –There is also a TESOL advocacy movement intended to spread fluency in the English language to speakers of other languages globally in order to spread more economic opportunity to people the world over. Activity in activism for teaching English to speakers of other languages can be opportunity for communicating and collaborating with other TESOL teachers.