WSE Teacher Profile

This is Who We Are

At Wall Street English we don’t just teach English, we Change Futures. Our teachers need to be passionate, caring, and inspiring as they have a direct impact on our student’s lives. Our approach to learning is highly focused on Efficacy. We not only want to change our student’s future by teaching them English in the most effective way, but we also want to make a positive impact on the lives of our teachers and to give them the tools and support they need to grow in their career. Wall Street English offers our teachers a world of opportunities.

These are the skills we look for in a Teacher

  • Hold appropriate professional qualifications CELTA or equivalent TEFL certificate. More information below
  • Have at least a Bachelor’s Degree
  • Be a native or bilingual speaker of English
  • Be dynamic and have the ability to inspire
  • Be well informed< and sensitive to cultural issues
  • Be interested in your students and care about their progress
  • Make every lesson a worthwhile learning experience for your students
  • Engage in on-going professional development
  • Participate and contribute to a harmonious work environment that encourages cooperation and team work

Qualifications Needed

TEFL is the acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and generally refers to an industry people choose to work in. There are many TEFL qualifications available. However, the two qualifications that are unique in terms of international recognition are:

  • CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) issued by University of Cambridge ESOL
  • Trinity CERT TESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) issued by Trinity College London

Wall Street English recommends that teachers hold a Cambridge ESOL CELTA qualification or equivalent. In line with IATEFL (International Association for Teachers in English as a Foreign Language) recommendations, an investment in CELTA or equivalent ensures:

  • You will feel more confident and relaxed about the job, knowing that you are trained to help your students learn.
  • The better jobs are not usually open to those with no qualification.
  • You will become part of a professional community of English teachers with access to many useful resources.

We strongly recommend that people avoid TEFL courses that are not externally accredited and claim that TEFL skills can be obtained in a weekend or week long course.Reputable employers worldwide recognize certificates such as:

  • Cambridge ESOL CELTA
  • Trinity CERT TESOL
  • TESL Canada accredited courses that meet Professional Certificate Standard One Guidelines
  • An accredited University TEFL program

The benefits of the Cambridge ESOL CELTA and the Trinity CERT TESOL is that these certificates are recognized worldwide and are the only certificates on the market that are externally accredited and externally moderated.These certificates can also be used as credit on some University programs.

CELTA and Trinity CERT TESOL courses are run frequently and as a result are constantly revised and updated with recent teaching methodologies and techniques. A CELTA/Trinity can enhance, consolidate or extend practical techniques you may have acquired on the job.

I had taught ESL for 6 years before taking the CELTA. During those six years, I learned a great deal from trial and error and became a competent teacher, but the CELTA course made me realize how much I was still lacking in both theory and practical techniques. Without the kind of focus, substance and systematic approach that a CELTA course provides, language instruction runs the risk of being random, ineffective and even detrimental to students??

Before taking the CELTA, I could call myself an English teacher, but after the CELTA I could call myself a professional. Having a professional qualification makes me a hot commodity in booming ESL markets like China. It also means respect among my colleagues, opportunities at the best companies, and a higher salary. A CELTA is definitely the way to go.

Michael Rolufs, Service Manager, China

Minimum guidelines for a quality TEFL course outlined by the TEFL Board Accreditation are:

  • 120 or more hours in a minimum four week program
  • Group sizes no larger than 6:1 trainee to trainer ratio
  • Minimum of 6 hours observed and evaluated teaching practice with real students
  • Qualified trainers holding a university degree and TEFL certificate and a minimum of 8 years of international teaching experience in at least 2 countries
  • Written and teaching assessment of trainees

Curriculum should include:

  • Grammar
  • Methodology
  • Phonology
  • Classroom management
  • Activities
  • Practice with at least three different ESL textbook series
  • Practice working with ESL audio visual aids and materials
  • Introduction to international exam series or one business English textbook series