English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language is about how non-English speakers learn English.

This involves learning about how the English language works, and about how people learn second (or third or fourth!) languages.

This area may include techniques for teaching English as a second language – to a variety of people from different cultures and age groups.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher
  • English language teacher
  • Linguist
  • Translator or interpreter
  • English teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects

Income

150% of national
median earnings


Employment

79%
Employed
1%
Unemployed
13%
Further study
7%
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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