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ESL grads finding job market opening

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Students majoring in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at St. Cloud State can graduate and enter the job market with confidence this spring, as the demand for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers is high, according to TESL Director Jim Robinson.

Education Week recently reported that Minnesota must increase its hiring of ESL teachers by 45 percent within the next three years to meet the growing need. There are 49 ESL students for every ESL-certified teacher in the state, compared to the national 2006-07 ratio of 19 to 1. The St. Cloud School District is among the many reaping the benefits of the strong St. Cloud State program: of the 30 ESL teachers in the district, all but one is from St. Cloud State. There are now 200 students in the St. Cloud State program.

"If you’re tired of the corporate environment, are looking for a career in a field that is not characterized by burnout, are looking for job security and enjoy working with people from other cultures,” Robinson said, “this is the program for you."

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