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English Language Institute (ELI) Instructor - Onondaga Community College

Onondaga Community College
Syracuse, New York
Closing date
Jun 24, 2024

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The main function of an English Language Institute Instructor is to help students improve their receptive (reading/listening) and productive (speaking/writing) abilities in English. The ELI offers classes to high beginner (CEFR A2-B1) and Intermediate (CEFR B1-B2) learners. Classes typically run four days/week for approximately 2.5 hours of instruction per day.

Instructors in the English Language Institute should be able to maintain regular attendance, monitor and record student progress, and use provided instructional materials and frameworks to design differentiated lessons with clear communicative goals in mind.

ELI Instructor positions are "continuous recruitment." We accept applications year-round and reach out to qualified applicants when the need for an instructor occurs. All English language Institute positions are temporary and part-time (under 29 hours/week). Applicants should be willing to work a minimum of 10 hours a week. The English Language Institute offers day, evening, and weekend programming for students. Additional programs may be offered. Your specific working hours will depend upon your availability and the hours when the program needs coverage.

OCC English language Institute instructors may also be invited to support ELL/multilingual students in the College Learning Center as tutors.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed:
  • Background in Communicative Language Teaching
  • Patience
  • Positivity
  • Empathy
  • Confidentiality
  • Active Listening
  • Community Engagement
  • Time Management
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Dependability

Job Responsibilities:
  • Prepare English lessons using provided OER textbooks and supplemental materials.
  • Assess and record student progress.
  • Record student attendance
  • Differentiate instruction among students of varying ability.
  • Maintain consistent and accurate electronic records.
  • Provide friendly, courteous, and confidential service to every student you meet.
  • Provide students with positive feedback, patience, respect, and understanding as they learn.
  • Participate in periodic training and staff meetings.
  • Perform related work as required.


Job Requirements:
  • Education Level: Bachelor's degree and TEFL/TESOL or demonstrated experience teaching English Language Learners

Preferred Candidates:
  • Education Level: master's or higher in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or related major.
  • Multilingual applicants preferred.
  • Background in Communicative Language Teaching

Additional Information:

Rate of Pay: $35 per hour

Application Instructions:

Attach the following items to your electronic application:
  • A cover letter - Your letter must include:
  • A brief description of your pedagogical philosophy
  • A description of any relevant experiences.
  • The days/times you are available to work.
  • Attach an unofficial copy of your college transcript.

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