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Posted on November 3, 2015 5:10 pm
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apePev
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Do You Have to Speak It to Teach It
When I was completing my undergraduate studies, I decided to complete the requirements for the ESOL endorsement. I really enjoyed my classes and wanted to work with the ESOL students once I began my teaching career. However, the school that I starting teaching at didn't have any ESOL students, so I never got the opportunity to apply the skills that I learned to work with such students. Though I don't speak Spanish or any other foreign language fluently, do you think I have the quills necessary to teach ESOL students.
 
     
     
 
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Posted February 22, 2016 5:32 pm

Victoria Horn
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I think if you have your certifications and degree with ESOL, then I don't think you would need to speak the specific language of your students. As long as you are qualified, then you can help them learn English. It always help to know another language, but it isn't required.
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Kady Schlemmer
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I agree. It might be helpful, but knowledge of other languages is not necessary.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 7:25 pm

Kathy Allen
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You don't necessarily need to know the language to teach ESOL students.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 7:47 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 1, 2016 1:32 pm

Beqena
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It would be certainly helpful to know the language, but the thing is, it is very rare for an ESOL teacher to know every single language of their students. Many teachers do not, I think it is perfectly fine.
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ezyHes
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I would have to agree, however, I am sure that it would be nice if one did know another language so we can understand better.
  Posted on: March 4, 2016 2:55 am

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Solution 3
Posted July 11, 2016 2:57 am

PuWupe
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I think that you are prepared enough for teaching ESOL students because you have taken the required preparation for it; however, it may be some hard at first because you have not had any student yet, but once you teach the first student you will learn much more and be more knowledgeable.
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Solution 4
Posted October 16, 2016 6:26 pm

gyVyPe
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Speaking another language doesn't require you to be able to teacher ESOL students. Although it may be a convenience to be bilingual, it will not matter. I think as long as you have your certification and have a strong desire to teach those students, you will be able to succeed with it.
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Solution 5
Posted July 10, 2016 7:45 pm

juWuPe
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I think you can teach without knowing the language fluently.
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Solution 6
Posted February 21, 2018 4:50 pm

nehury
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Knowing the language would definitely be useful, but the most important thing is that you have the skills to help the students even without knowing their language. You can still make a big impact on them and teach them without speaking their language.
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