How to Build a Strong English Language Teaching Resume

Your resume for an English language teaching position should immediately answer two questions for the language program manager: Who are you as a teacher? And are you qualified for the job? To answer the first question, you should provide a profile at the top of your resume. Your profile should describe who you are as a teacher in short bulleted phrases or with a series of adjectives. For example, are you dynamic? Calm? Knowledgeable? Creative? Caring? Well-organized? Flexible? Adaptable? Do you have experience with students with specific language backgrounds or at specific language proficiency levels? Do you have experience with certain types of classes or certain age groups? Do you have experience with specific technologies related to language teaching?

To answer the second question, put your education and teaching qualifications next on your resume, listed in reverse chronological order. If your teacher training course is accredited, indicate which organization it is accredited with.

Once the language program manager knows you are qualified for the job, he or she will then want to know about your teaching experience. So this goes next. When describing your different teaching experiences, make sure you indicate the types of classes (general English, academic English, test preparation, different language skills), language proficiency levels, student ages, and class sizes. Make sure you list responsibilities you have taken on outside of the classroom such as curriculum development and administration. In your list of teaching experience, also include any volunteer teaching you have completed. If you are new to the teaching field, list the practicum experience you had as part of your teacher training course.

Once you have listed your teaching experience, list other work experience you have had. In this other work experience, highlight additional responsibilities you took on, any situations in which you trained people, situations in which you used your leadership skills and situations in which you used your customer service skills.

Finally, use the last section of your resume to highlight additional training and qualifications you have. Language program managers particularly like to know your computer and technical skills. List out all of the applications, hardware and other technology that you are comfortable using. Another asset in a language teaching position is the other languages that you speak. List these out, indicating your proficiency level with both the written and spoken aspects of the language.

Two final pieces of advice for your resume. First, don’t lie about yourself. If you are not creative, don’t say you are. If you have not taught a particular type of class, don’t say you have. Second, don’t undersell yourself. Take the time to describe who you are and what you have accomplished. Relate this to the teaching position you are applying for. Give the language program manager a strong message that you are confident you can manage the responsibilities of the teaching position.

To view a sample English language teaching resume, click here.