What does a Language Teacher do?

Language teachers provide instruction to help students master the fundamentals of a specific language. They generally start with the core elements of basic grammar and format, and then expand into more complex aspects, eventually working towards the goal of becoming comfortable speaking and understanding conversational dialogue. They may provide this teaching onsite in a classroom setting or from a distance using a remote learning platform. They select a curriculum, explain concepts, and evaluate students’ progress.

Language teachers have varying qualification requirements depending on the level and setting in which they are teaching, but generally they would at least have a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. They would likely be required to have a valid teaching license in their state. They would be fluent in at least two languages, and have teaching experience.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Language Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

HK$26,000 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Language Teacher Career Path

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Language Teacher Insights

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Lion English InstitutionLion English Institution
English As A Second Language Teacher
21 May 2019

“Ever since I had my own good reputation and stable regular courses I stopped taking it regularly.”

JET ProgramJET Program
Assistant Language Teacher
18 Jun 2021

“Not much freedom to teach what you want (Japanese teacher is in charge of all planning)”

Lion English InstitutionLion English Institution
English As A Second Language Teacher
21 May 2019

“It was quite tough in the beginning but I really learnt a lot from the feedback.”

Harmony Public SchoolsHarmony Public Schools
High School Spanish Teacher
5 Aug 2021

“The best Colleagues ever!!! Working in such a nice environment was awesome.”

Heart English SchoolHeart English School
Assistant Language Teacher
25 Dec 2019

“Seems like there is no career progression although I may have not looked further into or my current Japanese ability is too low.”

JET ProgramJET Program
Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
13 Oct 2020

“Opportunity to learn Japanese but didn't require any for my placement despite being very rural.”

JET ProgramJET Program
Assistant Language Teacher (ALT)
14 Sep 2021

“It's a great experience but after awhile your career will stagnant and you'll be doing the same things each year.”

EF Education FirstEF Education First
Spanish Teacher
16 Aug 2021

“Pay was really bad and hours long.”

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