American University of Kuwait
INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM
Intensive English Program (Position Code No. 21-121- AUKWEB 10)
Intensive English Instructor
The American University of Kuwait (AUK) is a private, English-medium university in Kuwait organized on the U.S. model of undergraduate liberal arts education. The Intensive English Program (IEP) prepares students seeking admittance to AUK with the academic literacy skills necessary for success in English-medium undergraduate courses and beyond. It is a part of the College of Arts and Sciences. The IEP has full accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and AUK is accredited by the Private Universities Council of the Kuwait Ministry of Higher Education.
AUK offers competitive compensation, as well as an attractive and comprehensive benefits package. There is no personal income tax, and US citizens may be eligible to take advantage of the IRS foreign tax exclusion. AUK is an equal opportunity employer, fully committed to becoming a model university of the twenty-first century in the region.
The successful candidate must hold at least a Master’s Degree in Developmental Education, English as Second Language, or related field. An additional TESOL/CELTA certification is strongly preferred. Candidates must have strong teaching skills, outstanding communication abilities with native-like fluency in written and spoken English, and excellent motivational and instructional skills. Preferred 2 years’ experience teaching in a post-secondary institution of higher learning, including experience in teaching English to non-native speakers of diverse and multicultural communities. The applicant must also be proficient in computer skills.
The instructor is responsible for teaching the assigned curriculum. Other duties include, but are not limited to, planning, evaluating assigned coursework in the program’s skills/content-based courses, participating in program assessment initiatives, and University service.
The purpose of the Intensive English Program is to assist students in acquiring the skills necessary for success in their undergraduate work and beyond. For that reason, the focus at all times is on developing the student’s receptive and productive skills: receiving, analysing, and responding to text. Hence, the IEP takes an aggressive approach toward instilling text-literacy in its students and training them to join the discourse community of a liberal arts undergraduate. While it is understood that English for the majority of students in AUK’s IEP is a second language, it should be emphasized that the IEP is not a language-acquisition program as the term is commonly used but is rather an academic skills development program for non-native speakers whose first or primary language is Arabic.
Regardless of discipline or level, the primary activity for most participants in the academic world is interacting with text: . Text may occur in any form: printed or oral, in print or online. Receiving text may include reading it or hearing it. Analysis of text may involve outlining it, annotating it, paraphrasing it, summarizing it. Responding to text may entail evaluating it, juxtaposing it, applying it, synthesizing it.
Application packages are to be submitted electronically to CASfaculty@auk.edu.kw and to Michael F. McMurray, Director of IEP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1) Cover letter, detailing the candidate’s specific interest in AUK and how the candidate’s past experience provides a suitable basis for performance in the position for which they are applying;
2) A current CV;
3) Statement of teaching methodology, including curricular development that the individual has initiated and executed and a statement of research and service;
4) Copies of teaching evaluations if available;
5) The names and contact information, both electronic and postal, of three references; and
6) Two writing samples or recent publications.
In completing your application, please quote the position code number. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open until November 30, 2021.
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