Dear teachers, please help me find out the right answer. 

Which sentence is correct? 

 

1- I am an English teacher. 

2- I am a teacher of English. 

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Hi, Ramdan, welcome to the G.E. and Happy Ramadan,

Ramadan posted:

Dear teachers, please help me find out the right answer. 

Which sentence is correct? 

 

1- I am an English teacher. 

2- I am a teacher of English. 

Both are correct.

The first one is ambiguous as it could refer to either the nationality or the the job. It seems that, in speech, stress has its role here, but, in writing, the meaning depends on the context.  The second sentence is more obvious and more precise as it just refers to the job. It has just one meaning: 'I am an English language teacher'.  'An English teacher' is more common, though. I still remember the words of one of this forum's members: 'I'm an English teacher who earns his living from teaching English'.

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