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ESOL Instructor Part-Time

Under the supervision of the Executive Director of the Central Queens Y, and within Samuel Field Y framework of a holistic (social, emotional, physical, and cognitive) Human Development Model of a family-supported, strength-focused, and hope-engendering practice, an individual hired as the ESOL Instructor, Part-Time, for our Adult Literacy program will report directly to the Coordinator of Adolescent Educational Services. This person will provide vocational English instruction to Speakers of Other Languages including refugees, political asylees, DACA eligible individuals, and recent immigrants.


The ESOL Instructor will:

  1. Conduct classes to teach principles, techniques, or methods of the English language.
  2. Design a dynamic vocational ESOL curriculum and prepare materials for class activities.
  3. Instruct students individually and in groups, using various teaching methods such as lectures, discussions, and demonstrations.
  4. Establish clear objectives for all lessons and communicate those objectives to students.
  5. Reinforce basic grammar into the curriculum that builds a foundation for employment.
  6. Substantially improve students' oral communication skills through presentations, readings, dialogues, and a variety of other methods.
  7. Observe and evaluate students' work to determine progress and make suggestions for improvement.


  • Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages required, New York State TESOL Certification preferred.
  • At least two (2) years of experience teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. 


  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Must have experience working with diverse populations: immigrants, youth, seniors, and  low-income individuals.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach others to use the English language.
  • Proficiency in Spanish and Southeast Asian languages and/or Mandarin.
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics.
  • Must have knowledge of human behavior, individual differences in ability, personality, and interests, learning, and motivation.
  • Must demonstrate cultural competency and professionalism.
  • Demonstrated ability to empathize with Speakers of Other Languages.
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively under pressure.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, networking, and transactional skills.


Availability to work evenings.

Start Date:  September 15, 2014.  This is a yearly part-time position through June 2015.

To Apply:  Please email a cover letter and résumé to  Please indicate “Part-Time ESOL Instructor” in the subject line of the email.      

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.