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    career of/on

    "I would like to choose a career of teaching English as a second language."

    Is this grammatically okay? Is prep "of" correct?

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    Is the preposition "of" in the above sentence correctly used?

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    Re: career of/on

    I am not a teacher.

    I don't think "of" is the right word to use here.

    One makes a career of something, but one chooses a career as something.

    "I would like to make a career of teaching English as a second language."

    "I would like to choose a career as a teacher of English as a second language."

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    Re: career of/on

    What's wrong with "I would like to teach English as a Second Language" or "I would like to be a teacher of English as a Second Language"? I have capitalised words in those sentences because "ESL" is a recognised acronym for "English as a Second Language".

    Saying "I would like to choose a career as ..." is very long-winded.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: career of/on

    I was going to add the comment that that last sentence was long winded and awkward myself. Perhaps I should have done so, but I was trying to work with the sentence elements provided in the original question.

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    Re: career of/on

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    I was going to add the comment that that last sentence was long winded and awkward myself. Perhaps I should have done so, but I was trying to work with the sentence elements provided in the original question.
    In my opinion, it's a good idea to advise learners when something they are trying to say is unnecessarily long-winded or complicated. We are not just trying to teach grammatical English here, we are trying to help them speak/write natural English.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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