Saturday, July 21, 2007

Vocational English as a Second Language

Vocational English as a Second Language (VESL) is a form of English for Specific Purposes (ESP). VESL classes are offered by adult schools, trade schools, and non-profit organizations. The classes focus on English that is used in a specific vocation. For example, a non-profit may have a class for childcare givers, so the language and skills taught will center on the purpose of taking care of children.

For ESL or EFL teachers, there may be some extra challenges involved because there is often a wide range of English language levels of the learners. However, positions teaching VESL can also be very rewarding. One thing that feels good about teaching VESL is that you know that the language being taught is highly useful.


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