ESOL Instructor

Arab American Family Support Center Brooklyn, NY $25.00 per hour

JOB TITLE: ESOL Instructor

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Part-time (Morning, Afternoon or Evening Classes)

REPORTS TO: Director of Readiness Initiatives & Community Outreach




The Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization established in 1994 to provide culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services. Across our eight locations, we empower immigrants and refugees with the tools they need to successfully acclimate to the world around them and become active participants in the community. While we support anyone who walks through our doors, over nearly 27 years, we have developed expertise in serving the Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian (AMEMSA) immigrant and refugee communities.

AAFSC works across four priority areas—Promote, Get Ready, Prevent, and Communicate—to achieve our ultimate goal of strengthening families. AAFSC promotes mental and physical wellbeing, food security, healthy relationships, and family reunification. We get our families ready to succeed, work, and lead productive lives. We prevent domestic violence, child abuse, and neglect by counseling families, offering case management services to victims of violence, and cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people. Finally, AAFSC communicates the needs of the marginalized, amplifying their voices for increased impact.


The ESOL Instructor at AAFSC works within our Readiness Initiatives Program to provide limited English proficient adults with contextualized instruction that gives students the civic and English language skills to effectively participate in the English-speaking environment in which they live. The instructor fosters a classroom environment that offers participants the resources, opportunities and support needed to help them grow and achieve self-sufficiency. A successful person in this role is

an experienced, creative, hard-working and dynamic ESOL instructor who has experience creating student-centered learning environments, using a communicative approach, and incorporating civic engagement, job readiness and technology in the classroom. A commitment to immigrant, refugee and low-income communities is essential for this role.



  • Develop & write new lesson plans, or adapt existing lesson plans, to meet student needs and stated class objectives.
  • Provide instruction and facilitate classroom activities in line with stated class objectives.
  • Prepare students to take the Citizenship test and pass the interview. 
  • Build instructional activities around the four interdependent components of reading: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
  • Provide a variety of instructional deliveries including individualized instruction, small group instruction, and whole class instruction.
  • Facilitate learning with textbooks, workbooks, lectures, computer based educational programs, audio/visual aids, hands-on activities, and use of tutors.
  • Assist students with the development of digital literacy skills and provide learning activities designed to enhance financial literacy skills.
  • Maintain accurate student attendance records.
  • Ensure all lessons and structured activities have clearly defined outcomes with measurable skill gains and/or learning goals for adult participants.
  • Maintain active repository of curricula that is made accessible and available on organizational servers.
  • In collaboration with Program Director and Associate Director, continuously evaluate and refine curricula and activity plans to ensure success for adult learners attending program.
  • Ensure all paperwork and documentation is completed in a timely manner.
  • Report any issues in the classroom (either with students or volunteers) immediately to supervisor.


Ambassador & Champion

·       Every AAFSC team member serves as an ambassador of the organization and champion of AAFSC’s mission, vision and values. This includes the following:

o   Cultivate relationships on behalf of and in support of the organization in partnership with Senior Leadership and the Resource Development team. This includes being sensitive to and aware of others, providing every client, partner and participant with high-quality service, professional communication, and follow through, and always keeping Senior Leadership and the Development & Communications team aware of any opportunities, challenges, or updates.

o   All team members are expected to support the Resource Development team with any requests in a timely manner, including, but not limited to: grant applications, reports, attendance at meetings, hearings, or other events, and sharing of AAFSC social media, flyers, and other externally-facing communications.

o   Always act with integrity, positivity, dedication, and professionalism within the office and externally. This includes, but is not limited to, email communication, verbal communication, communication with colleagues and peers, communication with clients, or communication with external partners or agencies.


Other duties and responsibilities

  • Participate in internal and external meetings and trainings as assigned.
  • Perform other duties assigned by Program Director.



·       Bachelor’s degree required.

·       Teaching certification (TESLA, TESOL, CELTA, etc.) required.

·       BEST Plus certification required.

·       Ability to teach both remote online classes and in-person classes.

·       Experience with teaching beginner adult students, including Literacy Learners, required.

·       Excellent writing and editing skills; strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills.

·       Experience with teaching multi-levels in a single classroom.

·       Flexible with an open enrollment schedule

·       Openness to learning about the languages, cultures, and customs of the students to better serve them.

·       Must complete 18 hours of professional development training each year.

·       Experience in lesson planning, curriculum development, and implementation of structured programming for adult learners required.

·       Open to learning more about cultural responsiveness, trauma-informed education, and language instruction.

·       Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines.

·       Passion for AAFSC’s mission and vision.

·       Job contingent on pre-employment background check and fingerprint clearance.

·       U.S. Work Authorization required.


We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.


Arab American Family Support Center is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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