25-3011.00 - Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors
Teach or instruct out-of-school youths and adults in basic education, literacy, or English as a Second Language classes, or in classes for earning a high school equivalency credential.
- Adapt teaching methods and instructional materials to meet students' varying needs, abilities, and interests.
- Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.
- Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
- Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods, such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws or administrative policies.
- Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
- Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
- Conduct classes, workshops, and demonstrations to teach principles, techniques, or methods in subjects, such as basic English language skills, life skills, and workforce entry skills.
- Prepare students for further education by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among the students for whom they are responsible.
- Assign and grade class work and homework.
- Observe students to determine qualifications, limitations, abilities, interests, and other individual characteristics.
- Register, orient, and assess new students according to standards and procedures.
- Prepare and implement remedial programs for students requiring extra help.
- Prepare and administer written, oral, and performance tests and issue grades in accordance with performance.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
- Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems or special academic interests.
- Enforce administration policies and rules governing students.
- Review instructional content, methods, and student evaluations to assess strengths and weaknesses, and to develop recommendations for course revision, development, or elimination.
- Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons that promote learning, following approved curricula.
- Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
- Attend professional meetings, conferences, and workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
- Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
- Select, order, and issue books, materials, and supplies for courses or projects.
- Collaborate with other teachers and professionals in the development of instructional programs.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, contests, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
- Provide information, guidance, and preparation for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) examination.
- Participate in publicity planning, community awareness efforts, and student recruitment.
- Advise students on internships, prospective employers, and job placement services.
- Select and schedule class times to ensure maximum attendance.
- Write grants to obtain program funding.
- Provide disabled students with assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
- Train and assist tutors and community literacy volunteers.
- Confer with leaders of government and community groups to coordinate student training or to find opportunities for students to fulfill curriculum requirements.
- Observe and evaluate the performance of other instructors.
- Write instructional articles on designated subjects.
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The TESOL major enables students to become knowledgeable about the theories of linguistics, research on social and cultural variables that influence language acquisition, the knowledge required to facilitate and assess language instruction in content areas, and laws governing the education of children for whom English is not their native language.
Academic experiences in the TESOL major include coursework and field experiences to assist future educators as they gain knowledge and understanding of theories of language acquisition and cultural competence, models of instruction, policies and laws, and learner characteristics as they relate to the teaching and acquisition of English as a new language. Students completing all requirements for the TESOL major are prepared to serve as teachers of students for whom English is not their native language. Completion of this four-year program leads to eligibility for a Virginia teaching license for PK-12 English as a Second Language.
Students must choose a minor based on interest and consultation with their adviser. A variety of minors can enhance the skills and knowledge of an ESL teacher. The Liberal Studies Minor is included as one of the options to ensure a solid foundation in core content-related courses.
This minor requires certain courses within the General Education curriculum that are designed specifically to fulfill subject area competencies for Virginia teachers. If students choose a minor other than the Liberal Studies minor, they must select from minors that are no more than 18 credit hours.
All teacher education admission requirements are submitted through the Education Support Center, located in Memorial Hall, room 7230. Students must be fully admitted into teacher education before they can register for certain designated undergraduate education courses.