To create a good ESL cover letter you need to ensure it demonstrates your skills, is concise and compliments your CV. Below are a list of factors for a good ESL cover letter and two downloadable cover letters you can use.
- The parts that good ESL cover letters consist of:
- Teaching skills
- The ability to interact with all sorts of people and to work under pressure
- Self-confidence and a friendly personality
- Stamina and resilience to stress
- Strong communication and listening skills
- Tolerance and patience
- Computer literacy
- Who typically reads a cover letter
- Show that you have researched the role and the school
- Ensure it matches your resume.
Cover Letter 1:
To Whom It May Concern,
I have two passions in life. The first is for languages. The second is working with children to help them learn them. I cannot help but think the opportunity to become an ESL Teacher at NAME OF SCHOOL is the perfect place for me. My love of teaching started at a very young age. I was in constant admiration of my own teachers and how they inspired my classmates. Fast forward a few years and I started off teaching children English online for 2 years. I learned the different patterns necessary to teach students of all ages and skill levels. Secondly, just because someone is older does not mean they are more advanced in a specific technique or craft.
I took the next step by completing my TEFL course in 2016. Soon after I had the opportunity to teach children aged 5 to 12 in South Korea for a year. After completing my contract I realised that my skills lie in classroom management, lesson planning and keeping children engaged.
Children have vastly different learning curves and finding each student’s learning technique is part of the fun. Seeing a young child learn a new song in English or pronounce a new word after hardly knowing any English is a joy that cannot be matched. Becoming an ESL Teacher at NAME OF SCHOOL would stoke this joy, and I would love to be considered for the position.
Cover Letter 2
13th March 2017
Dear Mr Wayne,
I would like to apply for the ESL Teacher vacancy at your school, advertised on the jobs.com website. As requested, I am enclosing my CV.
Last year I earned a bachelors in Economics while earling my TEFL qualification this year. You will see from my CV that I have earned two years of teaching experience in the UK. On weekends I have also become familiar with a range of business intelligence sources.
As you can see from my CV I have experience in:
- Lesson Planning – Planning lessons for students that are engaging and educational that meet standards and age difficulty.
- Demonstration of TPR – Using TPR to teach words and add a visual element to lessons.
- Teaching children aged 5 to 12 from Asia and South America.
My two years of tutoring experience taught me how to deal with a range of children and learning styles. In addition, my voluntary work with young people has increased my resilience and ability to mix with people from all walks of life.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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