Expand your Opportunities with ESP Skills

If you intend to teach English for more than a year or two, take some time to think about how you might further increase your teaching knowledge and skills and thereby increase your career opportunities.

One of the best ways to increase your opportunities is to learn to teach English for Special Purposes or ESP courses (also know as English for Specific Purposes).

If you prefer to teach adults, one way to assure that is who you will be teaching is to develop a proficiency in an ESP skill.  From Aviation English to Hotel and Resort English to Medical English to Business English – there is so much opportunity that it is easy to get started.  Just find an area that interests you that also has some demand and off you go.

Here is a  good resource for Hotel and Resort English – and why not teach English in some of the world’s most desirable locations?

Here is a good resource for Business English – big demand in every major city of the world – even in some English speaking countries where there may be many foreign businesspeople needing to hone their skills.

Here is a good resource for Teaching TOEFL IELTS  TOEIC and other standardized examinations.   You can use the same principles even for teaching GMAT, LSAT and more.

The links are for TEFL eBooks in the ESP areas and TEFL Boot Camp has certifications in those three areas, but there are many other options too.

My wife at one time taught “Airline Cabin English” to airline stewardesses in Korea.  I taught Accounting English for a while at a major accounting house in Bangkok and Banking English in Taipei, Taiwan.   A friend even taught “Police English” at a police academy in Korea.

Whatever you can imagine, it is probably out there somewhere.

TED’s Tips™ #1: Give yourself some options you may not have known existed.  Check ESP as a career option in TEFL.