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The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition reports that, as of the 2007-2008 school year, Michigan had nearly 72,000 students categorized as ELLs. This number is over 100 percent higher than that of the preceding decade. The major languages of these newcomers are Spanish, Arabic, Japanese, French, and German.
Michigan’s ESL Teaching Career Prospects
This influx of ELLs is a strong indicator of Michigan’s future need for ESL educators. Districts have been consolidating classes, increasing class size, and cutting back on services, including those to ELLs. On the positive side, Michigan contains many districts with immigrants and non-native speakers of English, and their needs are not going to disappear.
Michigan Education Job Leads
- MITESOL’s Careers webpage features ESL job openings throughout the state that are in settings other than public school classrooms. Some telecommuting positions are also listed.
- The Michigan Association of School Administrators maintains a Teacher Job Postings webpage with openings at public, charter, and virtual schools.
- Michigan’s K-12 public school districts maintain their own webpages with current open positions. The largest district in the state by far is Detroit City, followed by Utica, Grand Rapids, Flint City, and Livonia, according to the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Key ESL Teaching Job Resources in Michigan
- MITESOL is the state affiliate of the international TESOL association.
- The Michigan Education Association and American Federation of Teachers Michigan advocate on behalf of the state’s public educators.
- The Michigan Association for Bilingual Education (MABE) promotes multilingual programming in the state and advocates on behalf of students, families, and teachers. Its Resources section contains links to breaking research in the field; bilingual teaching tips; lessons in different primary languages; parent resources; curricular guides; bilingual special education information; assessments for ELLs and bilingual students; state ELL policies; federal ELL policies; and statistics about migrant education.