Adult ESL Instructor

at International Rescue Committee
Published May 18, 2022
Location New York, United States of America
Category Education  
Job Type Full Time  



Job Overview:


In an effort to support newly arrived refugees and immigrants in starting their lives successfully in the U.S., the Adult Education Program in the Education and Learning Department provides free ESL classes to adult clients. Classes offered focus on English for everyday life as well as job readiness skills through ESL. The teacher will be responsible for teaching four ESL classes; Introduction to English, High Beginner, Intermediate, and Afghan Women’s Language and Community Class. This instructor will work under the Office for New Americans (ONA) grant.


Position Term: June 1st-Sept 29th, 2022 (possible extension subject to contract renewal).


Hours: 37.5 per week


  • Introduction to English in person class: 10:30-12:30 M-Th


  • High Beginner Zoom Class: 3:00-5:30 M & W


  • Intermediate Zoom Class: 3:00-5:30 T & Th


  • Women in-person Group: 10:30-12:30 Fr


  • Class cycle #3


  • June 1st – June 30th


  • Class cycle #4


  • July 11th- Sept 29th


Major Responsibilities:


  • Prepare for and teach ESL classes for immigrants, newly arrived refugee and asylee clients**,** using interactive, learner-centered activities and ESL strategies


  • Document attendance and student progress


  • Process referrals and conduct participant outreach


  • Attend weekly check-ins with the Adult Education Coordinator and team meetings to discuss individual client progress and the best way to provide support as necessary


  • Supervise ESL Assistant Interns


  • Test student’s English language skills using Best Plus


  • Complete other tasks as needed to support the Education and Learning Department


Breakdown of weekly hours: 20 hrs. teaching, 10 hrs. lesson planning, 4.5 hrs. administrative work, 3 hrs. team meetings / supervision




  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree and TESOL certificate preferred


  • 3+ years of experience teaching ESL to adults from culturally diverse backgrounds using culturally responsive strategies


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as well as an overall ability to be clear and concise in all communications


  • Strong organizational and time-management skills; proven ability to prioritize and deliver on time


  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team


  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Office suite


  • Fluency in English language required. Second language proficiency in relevant language highly desirable (including Arabic, Farsi, Dari, Pashto, Spanish, Russian and French)


Interested candidates can send their CV

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