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Instructional Specialist (ESL/ELL Instructor)

Company: Indy Reads
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

OverviewBased in Indianapolis and serving central Indiana, Indy Reads builds the literacy, English language, andjob readiness skills to empower adults and families to reach their full potential. We believe thateveryone should have an opportunity to gain an education and advance our mission through ourinnovative virtual and in-person Community Classrooms and through our community bookstore, whichserves as a retail space, community space, and extension of educational programming. This highlyregarded, well-established organization has more than 35 years of experience in adult education. Under the direction of new leadership and with increasing demand for Indy Reads' programming, Indy Reads ispoised for growth.We take a community literacy approach to teaching adult students. Through an innovative sociallearning model, instructors are supported by a team of volunteer tutors in each dynamic classroomsetting. Reporting to the VP of Community Impact, the Part-Time ELL Instructor will provide basic,relevant language and literacy instruction through the use of technology and classroom instruction toprovide an individualized learning experience. The instructor will oversee student progress, as well as ateam of volunteer tutors who will act as instructional aides to provide a well-rounded language andliteracy curriculum. The goal of instruction will be to support individual adult ESL/ELL students in makingcontinuous improvements in their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills inEnglish. The person in this position would be teaching a hybrid in-person and virtual class in partnershipwith another human services non-profit.The following is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualificationsassociated with the job. Other duties may be assigned.Creating a Comfortable and Positive Learning Community

  • Establish rapport with students
  • Promote student self-efficacy and growth mindset
  • Evaluate and respond to individual student needs
  • Observe confidentiality of students and program informationIndividualizationLead students in a multi-level classroom (Basic - High-Intermediate/Advanced): Analyze and selectdiverse texts from traditional print, digital, and online resources that link to multiple ability levels andmulticultural perspectives, and connect to students' backgrounds, interests, and English languageproficiency levels, for a class of up to 20 students
    • Design in-depth instruction to improve students' abilities to read and understand varied text,and to spur student interest in more complex reading materials
    • Coordinate tutors to maximize differentiation: Work with, support, and assist volunteer tutorsin providing engaging small group learning
    • Retain students by ensuring instructional content is relevant to individual specific adult lives andinterests Relevant, Dynamic Lesson Planning & Instruction
      • Write lesson plans that include individualized activities for each group/level as well as activitiesthat incorporate the entire class, such as pronunciation exercises, games, etc
      • Develop English language instruction that is responsive to the diverse needs of the students,including background, education and ability level
      • Scaffold instruction to support student needs, such as: gradually increasing the amount ofwriting instruction students receive (e.g., resume, cover letter, research essay)
      • Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches supported by research for the followingareas:
        • Comprehension, fluency, critical thinking, motivation, vocabulary, integrated writing,conversational English, phonological awareness, etc
        • Use information from the TABE CLAS-E and classroom observations to monitor progress andmeasure effectiveness of intervention practices and students' responses to instruction
        • Communicate student challenges as well as effective strategies to staff Other Duties
          • Training and Meetings: Plan collaboratively with other instructors and Instructional Team Leadto implement high-leverage reading strategies
          • Attend quarterly professional development workshops to strengthen professional teachingknowledge and to stay current with the latest research on effective practices
          • Use existing technology effectively in the performance of duties
          • Perform other work as required
          • Effectively manage volunteer tutors in classroom Requirements
            • ELL background: Minimum two years classroom instruction experience OR ESL teachingcertificate: TESOL/TOEFL
            • Experience creating dynamic lesson plans for levels 1-4
            • Experience working with students with learning differences or working with adults preferred
            • Ability to speak other languages and experience living abroad a plus
            • Must have reliable transportationWhile performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use his/her hands to feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required for this position include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.Indy Reads is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Weseek employees from all backgrounds to join our team and encourage them to bring their authentic andbest selves to work. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex,religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any otherprotected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting,promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, andapprenticeship. Indy Reads makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and businessneeds at the time.ApplyTo apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume for the Instructional Specialist(ESL/ELL Instructor) position via "Join Our Team" button on the "About Our Team" page on the IndyReads website. Applications received by December 20th, 2022 will be given priority consideration. -

Keywords: Indy Reads, Indianapolis , Instructional Specialist (ESL/ELL Instructor), Education / Teaching , Indianapolis, Indiana

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