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ESL Instructional Assistant

Support bilingual students and their teachers through in-class help.

What does an ESL Instructional Assistant do?

ESL Instructional Assistants help pick up the slack for ESL Teachers working to teach non-English-speaking students how to read, write, and speak English. While the Teachers focus on lesson plans and teaching sessions, ESL Instructional Assistants grade papers, take attendance, and tutor students who need extra help.

Learning to speak English gives people an advantage in the business world, where bilingual people often take home bigger paychecks. An ESL Teacher can’t do it all, so as an ESL Instructional Assistant, you fill in the gaps. One day, the Teacher needs you to review the answers from last week’s test with the class, while another day, the Teacher calls in sick and you have to continue the day’s activities where she left off.

Though your main role is teaching, you can think of yourself as a Tutor as well. By studying how children learn and what motivates each student, you create efficient strategies for one-on-one teaching, and motivate students who need extra help conjugating verbs or memorizing vocabulary.

Think of yourself as a Secretary of sorts. From organizing paperwork to tutoring a student who doesn’t understand his lesson, you keep everything in order and running smoothly. Without your extra help, ESL Teachers would have less time to actually teach, and students’ learning would suffer.