Functional Resume Example: ESL Teacher

Here's a functional resume for an ESL Teacher. Notice how this resume example highlights the job seeker's strengths and also resolves a few resume problems.

About This Sample Functional Resume for an ESL (English as Second Language) Teacher

  • The Education and Credentials section was placed near the top of this resume because the job seeker's new credential is highly relevant to her job objective and will help advance her career as an English as Second Language teacher.
  • A gap in employment is filled with "full-time parent, part-time student" in her Work History section.
  • Unpaid relevant experience is highlighted in the body of her resume, which shows that it's as valuable a qualification as her paid work.
  • No date is listed next to a very early job (under Previous Experience) so as not to show her age.
  • The functional resume format was used, and worked well at the time (1990s). If this job seeker were writing her resume today and had the same work history issues, I would explain why employers don't like functional resumes and recommend she use a chronological resume instead. Want to see what that would look like? Here's the same resume, updated and converted to a chronological resume example for an ESL Teacher.

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Dorothy Miller
123 West 92nd St., #3
New York, NY 12345



- More than 15 years as a teacher in New York metropolitan area rich in cultural diversity.

- Extensive experience living and traveling abroad in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

- Ability to integrate theoretical concepts and practical ideas, and apply them to actual classroom situations.

- View teaching and learning as a dynamic and interactive process.


ESL Certificate, anticipated Winter 2006
Coursework to date:
Strategies for Teaching Beginning ESL Students, K-Adult
Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
Cross-Cultural Communication
Fundamentals of Linguistics for ESL Teachers

Bridge School, New York
M.A., Education, 2001

New School for Social Research, New York
B.A., Social Science, emphasis: Psychology, 1980

New York Early Childhood Teaching Credential, 1983

Toyama International Language Institute, 1978

Japanese, Shakuhachi, 1978



- As classroom teacher, built rapport with students and families from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.

- Created trusting atmosphere through sensitivity to students' strengths, weaknesses, and personal learning styles.

- Engaged students through humor and activities designed for maximum interaction in large and small groups.

- Developed curriculum that was appropriate to students' learning abilities and reflected their needs and interests.

- Achieved maximum results by breaking down seemingly large learning tasks into meaningful and manageable segments.


- As an American Field Service Exchange Student, lived with a non-English speaking Peruvian family as their "adopted daughter" in Chiclayo.

- Married into a Japanese family and participated in cultural ceremonies while living within my extended family in Kanazawa and traveling throughout the country.

- While studying French at the Ecole DuFour in Lyon, stayed with a non-English speaking family.

- Lived with an Egyptian family while participating in an archeological dig.

- Boarded with a Mexican family while studying at the Hernandez School in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

- Hosted exchange students from Japan, Spain, and Italy for periods of six months to a year each.

- Accompanied electronics firm CEO on business trip to India, Turkey, and Sweden.

- Toured the Lakes District in England by bicycle. Traveled extensively throughout Italy and Spain.


1993-1995, 1998-present, TEACHER / SUBSTITUTE TEACHER, PS 123, New York, NY

1995-1996, TEACHER, Westside School, New York, NY

1990-1993, Full-time parent, Part-time student - M.A. Education Program

1988-1990, TEACHER, JFK Middle School, Queens, NY

1983-1987, TEACHER, Staten Island High School District, Staten Island, NY

Previous experience:
1/2 year, ESL TEACHER, Kanazawa English School, Kanazawa, Japan

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