• ESOL Hourly Instructor

    Location US-NY-Staten Island | US-NY-Staten Island
    Job ID
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    Adult Learning Centers, ALC
  • Overview

    The Adult Learning Centers (ALCs) are the direct service providers of ESOL and adult literacy instruction for the Library.  They use professional teachers to offer free instruction to adult patrons in reading, writing, speaking and listening from a 0 to 8th grade level. Through formal classes in language and literacy, as well as elective offerings such as English conversation and citizenship preparation groups, ALCs have taken on the charge to expand ESOL instruction in the Library.


    The Library’s Hourly ESOL Instructors support the mission of the Adult Learning Centers in leading classes in language and literacy during 3 10-week instructional cycles in the fall, winter, and spring, as well as a 4-week summer cycle.  For 2019, the instructional cycles run January 22-March 31 (winter), April 22-June 30 (spring), July 29-August 25 (summer), September 30-December 16 (fall). Additional hours may be available between instructional cycles to assist with new student testing and placement, but are not guaranteed.  Extra hours are made available based on Best Plus and TABE Administrator certification, student demand, and budget availability.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Working with the Assistant Director and the Hub Manager, hourly instructors will:

    • Teach ESOL classes that promote English language proficiency for students assessed at NRS levels 1-6
    • Follow the prescribed curriculum in a communicative language teaching environment during class-time.
    • Instruct adult ESOL students in classes and learning experiences which will lead to the achievement of their educational and personal goals
    • Assist in the managed enrollment process to recruit and maintain students and student records
    • Maintain daily attendance records
    • Prepare daily lesson plans for each session based on the curriculum

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Strong interpersonal skills.  Ability to work well with a variety of people, in a multicultural setting, involving a variety of team situations.
    • Experience administering standardized assessments
    • Successfully demonstrated knowledge of technology-assisted learning,  instructional software, video, audio and distance learning preferred.
    • Ability to work as part of the larger branch library team, demonstrating an understanding of the larger mission of NYPL

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Multilingual candidates preferred (Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, preferred).
    • NYS TESOL certification

    All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

    • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
    • Be Resourceful in solving problems
    • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

    Work Environment

    Adult Learning Center locations and branch libraries that have adult ESOL classes.

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required
    • Lifting up to 30 lbs. required
    • May require travel within NYC


    5 hours per week per position. Classes meet 4 hours per week plus one hour of paid prep time
    One position is Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm at St. George
    Other position is Tuesday/Thursday 6:00pm-8:00pm at Dongan Hills

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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