An English language arts teacher is involved in the development of English language in the students and help them in precise understanding of the academic subject matter. The main English language arts teacher responsibilities include inculcating educational, behavioral, and social skills in students for their overall development into capable, responsible, and mature individuals.
English language arts teacher is involved in teaching language skills to their students, including the basics like reading, writing, and speaking. Since the language arts teachers are associated with teaching the basics of the English language, they teach primarily at the middle school and high school level. Although the scope of English language arts teacher at the kindergarten and early elementary levels is very limited, an English language arts teacher may find a satisfactory role in teaching at this level.
Core responsibilities of an English language arts teacher include planning, developing, and compiling a comprehensive language based educational program for students and delivering quality instructions to students, resulting in their overall development. Although the teaching method adopted in the classroom varies from school to school, the key responsibilities of an English language arts teacher remain the same. An English language arts teacher may develop a particular style in teaching, depending on the level of understanding of the students; but the teaching curriculum and instructional information have to affirm with the national and state laws and the school curriculum.
The key responsibilities of an English language arts teacher include:
Apart from these regular duties, an English language arts teacher also offers his services in school management like monitoring and supervising the classroom, school hallways and grounds, interacting with parents and offering external support for the benefit of students with behavioral learning issues, etc.
Required Qualifications and Skills
For a successful career in the field of teaching, the basic qualification required is Bachelor's Degree in English language or its equivalent from an accredited college / university. Also, they must have the teaching license / certificate from the respective state in which they are applying. The teaching license can be obtained once the candidate has passed successfully in the teaching certificate exams conducted separately in all the states. Knowledge about the administrative laws in that particular state is preferred.
Apart from educational knowledge, the key for successful accomplishment of the duties of English language arts teacher is communication. A language teacher is required to have strong interpersonal skills for effectively transferring the knowledge they have. Fluency in communication is acquired by experience, and hence the experienced professionals are given more preference in this field. Knowledge of additional language apart from English, previous experience in language teaching, post-graduation in English language, etc., are other additional attributes which are considered before selecting a candidate for this post.
Responsibilities of an English language arts teacher are very dynamic, as the teacher directly deals with complex young minds, still in the developing stage. Language learning is a very complex process and hence the English language arts teacher may have to go beyond their regular responsibilities and tackle the unique challenges that come along the way while implementing the language learning program.