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Volunteer Adult ESL Instructor

Start date: Ongoing
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LOCATION: 208 Commerce Place, 4th Floor, Elizabeth, NJ 07201

VOLUNTEER POSITION:  The IRC in New Jersey seeks volunteer ESL Instructors to facilitate English language learning among recently arrived adult refugees who have fled persecution in their home country and are rebuilding their lives in New Jersey. Under the supervision of IRC's Education and Learning Senior Coordinator, volunteer instructors will provide group instruction, promoting English language skills needed to obtain and retain employment and achieve self-sufficiency. Instructors should be able to create a welcoming environment that fosters community and learning among program participants and should be able to interact with diverse populations effectively. Spanish and Arabic speakers are encouraged to apply.


Teach ESL classes for immigrants and newly-arrived refugee and asylee clients
Teach using interactive, learner-centered activities and ESL strategies and select appropriate materials
Communicate with the Education and Learning team about individual client progress
Evaluate adult students, document attendance, and student progress
Meet bi-weekly after class for 20-30 minutes with the program coordinator to plan additional programming or field trips
Provide extra support to immigrant, refugee, and asylee clients as necessary
Be open to receiving one teacher observation from the program coordinator

Prior ESL teaching experience, experience teaching adults
Bachelor’s degree and ESL Certification (current or in-progress) 
Comfort working with refugees and students from a variety of backgrounds, including those with limited formal education and/or literacy skills
Comfort teaching in an open enrollment and multi-level classroom
Excellent classroom management skills and confidence facilitating both large and small groups
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment
Reliable, responsible, and dedicated to the position until the end of the semester

SCHEDULE: Instructors should be available to volunteer at least 3 hours per week.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain instructional experience, and IRC will work with volunteers actively enrolled in a TESL certification course and required to engage in a field placement.

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