Published: 25 October, 2014  |  Last updated: 25 October, 2014

Teaching English in Alpharetta, USA


Alpharetta, USA

Report submitted on 24 October, 2014 by Anita.

Teaching English in Alpharetta, USA:

How can teachers find teaching jobs in Alpharetta, USA?
Apply through the school system websites.

The main English teaching jobs available are:
Full time English language school positions, part time English language school positions.

What are the minimum teaching requirements?
State certification and ESOL endorsement.

What teaching requirements would you recommend?
Master’s degree.

What are the levels of payment?
Varies based on experience and educational level.

How many teaching days a week is normal?
5 days per week.

How many face-to-face teaching hours a week is normal?
35 hours per week.

What is the normal arrangement for holidays?
School system holidays – Thanksgiving 1 week, Winter 1 week, Spring 1 week, Summer 2 months June & July.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Alpharetta, USA to teach English?
As part of a public school district you must apply through the typical teacher application process. Applicants are put into a database.  Contacting schools directly is not typical.

What are the positive aspects of teaching English in Alpharetta, USA?
System-wide support.

What are the negative aspects for teaching English in Alpharetta, USA?
Some people are not accepting of those that do not speak English.

What are some of the teaching challenges for English teachers teaching the local people in your area?
Prejudice of Americans.


Living in Alpharetta, USA:

Are there any visa or other legal requirements to live in USA?
Yes – check with state department. Some districts will be willing to sponsor visas.

What is the cost of living like in USA?
It depends on the area – apartments can be rented for about US$600-US$1000; houses begin around US$200,000, Town homes begin around US$60,000

What are the usual accommodation arrangements and how can you find accommodation?
Real estate agents or call apartments.

Other than teaching, what positive aspects are there for living in Alpharetta, USA?
Considerably low cost of living compared to other parts of the US.

Other than teaching, what negative aspects are there for living in Alpharetta, USA?
It is suburban and you must have car to get anywhere.  The cost of living may prohibit nearby residency and teachers may need to travel about 45 minutes by car to school each day.  Public transportation is lacking.

What advice would you give to someone considering coming to Alpharetta, USA to live?
ESOL students vary greatly where I live – some are children of diplomats and highly educated parents on job transfers or are visiting professors from other countries, while some come from poorly educated families from Mexico and other South American countries so very diverse educational needs.


About Me and My Work:

My Name: Anita

Nationality: Chinese

Students I’ve taught in Japan: Elementary (6-12 years).

Where I teach: Fulton County Schools, Georgia. Working here for 3 years.

How I found my current jobs: Via school district website.

My school facilities: Good – ESOL is a support position so the expectation is that you are able to give instructional strategies to classroom teachers to support students learning English.

Teacher support at my school: training / workshops, lesson observations, teacher evaluations, peer support / training.


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