Teachers are an invaluable group, educating students on a variety of subjects essential to later life. English is one of the first and most important subjects introduced to young students. Whether teaching a child to write or helping a teenager connect with fiction, English teachers shape the minds of future leaders by evoking emotion, creativity and imagination.
Like teachers of other subjects, English teachers must use motivating styles of instruction to engage students in the subject matter while following an approved curriculum. Though required to evaluate students' progress, assign work and administer tests, English teachers must also identify the individual learning needs of students. This is particularly important in English as students who have difficulty with the subject early on are more likely to struggle in school later. In addition to a love of teaching, teachers should also enjoy learning themselves, as they're frequently required to attend conferences and participate in training workshops.
The responsibilities of an English teacher vary depending on the age group taught. In elementary school for example, English teachers instruct basic subjects like reading, writing, and even mathematics, whereas in secondary school, English teachers may be responsible to teach students more advanced functions like critical thinking.
- Training in English, literature, or similar
- Approachable with good communication skills
- High levels of motivation and energy