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TESOL Career Outcomes

English Language Instructor for Children or Adults

A TESOL educator is responsible for ensuring that students learn grammar, reading comprehension and writing skills within the English language for students whose primary language is not English, including both children and adult students. Teaching within this realm includes duties such as assigning homework and reading, grading student work, and tracking progress to ensure students are meeting language proficiency standards.


A career as a translator holds the responsibility of translating materials from one language to another, or many. This can include school materials, work documents, and media such as motion pictures and music audio. This position can also be verbal, meaning the responsibility is to verbally translate from one language to another to ensure efficient communication and understanding across parties.

Language Consultant

A language consultant encompasses duties such as proofreading, writing, editing and more. A career as a language consultant will include the above responsibilities through the implementation of workshops, training plans, company departments and more.

Curriculum Specialist

This role is responsible for researching and maintaining up-to-date curriculum for the proper age groups and improving overall academic performance and learning outcomes.

International Teacher

This often includes English language classes, creating flexible environments that support learning and fostering social, academic and emotional growth.

Private Tutor

A role as a private tutor can encompass a variety of responsibilities. Oftentimes, these positions are responsible for adding additional academic instruction outside of the classroom to ensure students are properly understanding the material. This can sometimes include adding additional coursework to help implement concepts and further understanding of the course material.

TOEFL or IELTS Instructor

A TOEFL or IELTS instructor’s role is to prepare non-native speakers of English to take either of these standardized assessments: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). These assessments are internationally used as benchmarks to support students who want to enroll in English-speaking universities.


A humanitarian seeks to promote human welfare either domestically or abroad. Oftentimes, humanitarian work includes the teaching of English as it meets the holistic educational needs of people. Within the United States, this could include teaching English to immigrants or refugees. Outside of the United States, this could also include serving as a language expert with non-profit, missions, or development organizations.

Online English Language Instructor

An online English language instructor engages in teaching and learning in virtual environments. This could include working with students in synchronous or asynchronous instruction, or employing fully remote or hybrid remote and face-to-face instruction with their students.