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Careers in Linguistics

Linguistics is the scientific study of language. It covers a wide range of topics, from the structure of words and sentences to the history of language and its development. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a field of linguistics that focuses on teaching English to non-native speakers. ESL (English as a Second Language) endorsement is a certification that allows educators to teach ESL courses at the K-12 level.

As a linguist, you will need strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as attention to detail. You will use these skills to prepare and teach lessons, grade assignments, translate documents, provide simultaneous interpretation, edit translations in target languages, and produce positive student outcomes.

In addition, you will use computers, word processors, telephones, and remote meeting software such as WebEx or Zoom to perform your duties. By pursuing a career in linguistics, you can make a difference in the lives of students who want to learn English.

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Last Updated: 4/8/24