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English Teacher

Specialise in teaching English to students (between 12 - 18 years) in the secondary school system.

What's it like to be an English Teacher?

English Teachers are qualified Secondary School Teachers who have specialised in teaching English to students (typically aged 12 – 18 years) in the secondary school system.

English Teacher

Tasks and duties

  • Teach students in secondary school classes English content and subject matter that meets state curriculum requirements by using a variety of materials and catering for students with varying learning styles.
  • Plan, prepare and deliver effective English learning and teaching programs according to best practice pedagogy.
  • Use a variety of assessment tasks to evaluate, record and report on students’ development, learning and progress with regard to their English skills, knowledge and achievement.
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English Teachers enhance students’ learning by creating and analysing texts, literature, poetry, prose and literary theory. They need to have excellent communication skills and be confident in differentiating the English curriculum in the classroom.

English Teachers are usually required to attend staff meetings, parent-teacher interviews and supervise extra curricular activities as required out of school hours.

What can I earn as an English Teacher?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for an English Teacher is between $95k and $110k

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How to become an English Teacher


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To become a Secondary Teacher specialising in English in Australia, you’ll need a relevant tertiary degree. These are typically four-year courses, for people over 17 years of age or who have completed year 12 with an appropriate Universities Admission Index and relevant prerequisites.

  1. Complete a bachelor degree in the field of education. This is typically a Bachelor of Education (Secondary). Ensure that the course has Initial Teacher Education (ITE) approval. Alternatively, for students with previous tertiary qualifications who have a major and minor in at least two curriculum areas recognised by Australian schools, complete a two-year Master of Teaching (Secondary).
  2. Before being able to work as an English teacher, you need to lodge an application for teacher registration in your state.
  3. There are many opportunities for career progression for secondary school English teachers, such as becoming a leading teacher, English coordinator/head of English.

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Bachelor of Education (Secondary)

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Master of Teaching (Secondary)

If you have already completed any undergraduate degree, this qualification will prepare you for a career as a Secondary School Teacher.

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How do English Teachers rate their role?

Latest reviews from 24 English Teachers surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
3.7
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.3
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
3.3
Variety of work
3.6

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Oct 2018
A rewarding and enjoyable job, but not a primary source of income
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Arts
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Adult English Teacher
The good things
Teaching is a rewarding experience, and as a teacher of adults my students are always highly motivated to learn. I get a thrill out of helping people, and I have met hundreds of wonderful people. Tea...
The challenges
I would not consider the income from teaching online to be adequate if you live in a Western country and it is your primary/only source of income. As a source of additional income and personal satisfa...
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Nov 2018
Academic English Teaching - has it's rewards, but current financial climate is tough
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Arts (TESOL)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Academic English
The good things
As an Academic English Teacher within a Foundation Course programme, I had the privilege of working with students from a variety of different cultures. It gave me the opportunity to consolidate and e...
The challenges
As an Academic English Teacher within a Foundation Course institution, the imperatives of a commercial enterprise, with its focus on economic returns and not pedagogical outcomes, was a challenge.
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Working hours for English Teachers

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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What are the job opportunities for English Teachers?

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