The ESL Instructor provides English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to assist newly arriving, employable, adult refugees, asylees, and Cuban entrants. Class instruction targets English language acquisition and ultimately promotes job readiness. The ESL instructor will work with diverse literacy levels, from non-literate adults to those who have mastered conversational English. Lessons are designed to practice English language use in different real-life situations, including, but not limited to: greetings, buying groceries, following directions, job interviews, communicating on the job with a supervisor and with English-speaking co-workers, and basic math skills.
Essential Duties as Outreach/Caseworker:
¨ Teaches simple English grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills to adult refugees, asylees, and Cuban entrants enrolled in CWS/Lancaster programming.
¨ Researches curriculum options based on the needs of adults on the track toward employability.
¨ Tailors 50% of lesson plans to promote employability, success with interviewing skills and to target specific job skills. Designs and produces teaching aids to incorporate into curriculum.
¨ Provides 20 hours/week of ESL classes with 5 hours/week of preparation time. Maintains class attendance logs.
¨ Coordinates with ESL Outreach Worker to test incoming students for placement in class and to refer clients with accelerated skills to more advanced ESL opportunities.
¨ Communicates with the CWS/Lancaster Employment Specialists to recommend clients’ entry into the job-search process with CWS/Lancaster’s Employment Program.
¨ Reports to the CWS/Lancaster Assistant Director for Programs, and participates in meetings as a member of the Education Program Team within the organization.
¨ Acts as a resource for adult refugee students, giving information to help them thrive in their new communities.
¨ Maintains confidentiality of class records and personal information at all times.
¨ Maintains cooperative relationships and open communication with all community service providers.
¨ Advocates on behalf of refugees, and refugee-serving voluntary agencies.
¨ Keeps informed about refugee and immigrant issues, and available services to refugees and Cuban/Haitian Entrants, using current information to better identify and serve refugee clients.
¨ Represents the program at meetings and speaking engagements relevant to the responsibilities of the position.
¨ Undertakes other duties as assigned.
¨ Performs all duties in culturally and linguistically appropriate manner.
¨ Treats students/clients respectfully, teaching with patience and recognizing individual challenges and limitations.
Education: Bachelor’s degree plus ESL/EOL training.
Experience: Previous cross-cultural background and/or work experience and interest in ESL/EOL services. Experience teaching adults.
Fluency in English is required, along with good verbal and written communication skills. The successful candidate must be computer literate, with proficiency in MS Office (Excel and Word) and internet applications.