What does an English Teacher do?

An english teacher is responsible for ensuring that students learn proper grammar, writing, and reading comprehension. They are responsible for creating lesson plans that will teach students the skills they need. A few of the main duties of an english teacher are answering student questions, grading student tests and essays, tracking student progress, and teaching students the importance of English. They also have to communicate to the parents of students. Some of the jobs titles that an english teacher could grow into are principal and vice principal.

An english teacher should have 2 years of experience teaching as well as a master's degree in teaching. One of the most important skills that an english teacher will have is the ability to give constructive criticism. Another skill is communication as the english teacher will need to be able to communicate effectively with students.

What responsibilities are common for English Teacher jobs?
  • Create lesson plans for students
  • Grade student essays and tests
  • Ensure that the classroom stays orderly
  • Encourage students to read out loud in class
  • Write progress reports for students
  • Create tests for students
  • Assign essays and homework to students
  • Assign books for students to read
What are the typical qualifications for English Teacher jobs?
  • 2 years of experience teaching
  • Comfortable working with students of different levels
  • Great speaking and writing skills
  • Ability to create lesson plans
  • Certified by the state board
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Great grammar knowledge
  • Knowledge about great works of literature
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

English Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,229 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $55K
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English Teacher Career Path

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English Teacher Insights

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English Teacher
Jan 29, 2021

“The method is really fun and dynamic and the weekly trainings have really helped me to grow as a teacher”

English Teacher
Aug 6, 2022

“My boss was rarely present and supportive and I had to take all the initiave and responsibilities.”

Write EdgeWrite Edge
Part-time English Teacher
Oct 20, 2021

“I enjoyed working at Write Edge because the bosses and mentors were friendly and helpful.”

Mother Tongue Qualified English Teacher
Aug 12, 2022

“The pay is quite good and the overall role I'm given is something that I genuinely enjoy doing.”

English Language Assistant
Jul 13, 2021

“When I once was sick and couldn’t respond regularly to my email (I had a bad sickness”

English Teacher
Apr 29, 2022

“Academies can vary but our boss was pretty decent if a little unorganized and forgetful.”

AEON Corporation of JapanAEON Corporation of Japan
Native English Instructor
Oct 31, 2022

“Teaching is really enjoyable and the training provides you with all the tools necessary to carry out your job effectively.”

English Teacher
Jun 22, 2021

“It was also nice to set up the lessons and schedule the way I felt it worked best.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of English teachers

English teachers spend most days helping students to develop written and oral English communication skills. Other common tasks include creating lesson plans, grading papers, following students' progress, and liaising with administrators and parents.

Teaching English is a good and satisfying career. After parents, teachers are usually the most influential people in shaping young people's lives. English teachers can progress to become vice principal or principal of a school.

Teaching English can be well paid. The average base salary for an English teacher in the United States is $55,229 per year. Depending on the type of school or college, they can earn up to $75,217.

Working as an English teacher can be a very challenging job. Managing a classroom full of students takes skill and patience. Teachers also often have to work extra hours outside class time.

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