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English as a Second Language (ESL) & Adult Basic Education (ABE) Instructor

Chinese Mutual Aid Association Inc
Elgin, Illinois
Closing date
Jul 4, 2022

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Chinese Mutual Aid Association (CMAA) is seeking a committed full-time English as a Second Language

(ESL) Instructor to support its Adult Education and Workforce programs. The ESL Instructor will prepare

limited English proficient adult learners to enter the workforce, access postsecondary education or training

opportunities, and to otherwise participate in their communities. This role is hybrid and requires both in-

office and remote work.

The ideal candidate will display a deep commitment to offering high-quality literacy programming and be adept at developing innovative and culturally-competent lessons. He or she will contribute to a forward-thinking team dedicated to building a sustainable Adult Education and Workforce Department. They will be responsible for teaching computer classes at CMAA's main office, at offsite locations, or virtually.

About Chinese Mutual Aid Association

Chinese Mutual Aid Association is a fast-paced organization, dedicated to fostering the integration of the Pan-Asian immigrant and refugee community into U.S. culture. Established in 1981, CMAA has been a cornerstone of the Uptown community since then, providing programming for generations of low-income youth, adults, and senior citizens. The Adult Education and Workforce Department operates in both Chicago and Elgin, and provides English as a Second Language, Digital Literacy, Contextualized Healthcare Literacy, and Citizenship Education classes, and assists clients with transitioning into the workforce, through workshops and individualized counseling.

Job Responsibilities

The English as a Second Language Instructor is responsible for the following:

  • Planning, organizing, and providing workforce readiness, civics, citizenship exam preparation, and digital literacy workshops and classes to limited English proficient adults at CMAA's main office, at local partners' sites, including elementary schools and senior housing, and at suburban sites, in Elgin and/or Westmont.
  • Developing and delivering lesson plans that utilize a broad range of differentiated techniques, addressing Illinois ESL and ABE Content Standards and ensuring that learners meet or exceed state-wide program metrics.
  • Monitoring student attendance, goals, referrals, and testing; administering assessments for the purpose of evaluating student progress; working with CMAA staff to ensure that students are able to access a wide array of support services
  • Advocating on behalf of Adult Education students; working with management and development staff to identify opportunities for program growth.
  • Other duties as assigned.


We're seeking candidates who have excellent organizational skills, demonstrate initiative and strong critical thinking skills, and are strong communicators. You should have:

  • Bachelor's degree (required)
  • Previous experience teaching English as a Second Language or Adult Basic Education to adults (preferred)
  • A strong interest in working with a limited English proficient population
  • Experience managing multiple projects, the ability to keep concise and accurate records, the ability to adapt to changing work priorities and maintain flexible working hours
  • Proven ability to work both independently and as a team member, cooperating with and demonstrating cultural sensitivity to staff and constituents
  • Ability to complete work remotely as needed; access to reliable internet
  • Ability to commute and work in office as needed
  • Fluency in a second language is preferred, especially Lao or Spanish



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