If you want to teach English, it's not enough to know English. And this rule applies many times over if your students have grown up using a native language other than English.
The Teaching English as a Second Language program shows aspiring teachers how to address the unique language issues faced by new users of English and explores the cultural issues faced by those students when they negotiate the English-speaking world, both in and out of school.
Lakeland students who gain this expertise, however, and receive their ESL teaching certification enter an educational system that desperately needs their services. Demographically and legislatively, the demand for ESL teachers has never been higher, with more of these rewarding positions opening every year.