English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors teach English to recent immigrants, refugees, and individuals wanting to improve their English skills to compete in the workforce throughout the Austin and Houston regions. Daily schedules can range from a typical 9-5, or members may teach a few classes throughout the day or night depending on the needs of the community being served. Proficiency in Spanish is useful, but certainly not required.
ESL Instructors' service activities look different depending on what site you are placed at. However, generally speaking, these members will be heavily involved in:
- Leading and teaching classes
- Curriculum development
- Lesson planning
- Leading the intake and outtake process
- Administering English evaluations to clients
- Collecting, tracking, and organizing student data and learning gains
- Constant communication with students
- Outreach events
And that is just to name a few! Our AmeriCorps members take up diverse roles that strengthen their adaptability and problem-solving skills.
Community Need Addressed
Literacy efforts in Central Texas face two challenges: the number of people needing literacy services and the ability of local providers to respond.
• 1 in 5 native English-speaking adults in Central Texas can’t read or write well enough to fill out a job application, and the trend of illiteracy is growing.
• Texas ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in adult literacy levels and spending on adult literacy per capita.
In sum, a large and growing population in Central Texas does not speak English, which affects regional literacy rates. Over 147,180 adults (12.1%) in the region struggle with English. These individuals struggling with literacy rely on community-based literacy services. However, efforts to improve literacy levels in Central Texas fall short because the number of people needing literacy services far exceeds the ability of local providers to respond.
English as a Second Language Instructors will assist clients to build confidence in their English skills in order to navigate the world around them and compete in the workforce. A lot of the ESL curriculum is designed to contextualize the English lessons for adults and their specific needs.
AmeriCorps members will provide vital, high-quality, evidence-based literacy and employment instruction to low-income adults in the Austin and Houston regions of Texas. Members will be trained to adapt the curriculum to every student and class while fostering educational, professional, and personal growth for our clients. In addition, the ESL Instructors are providing an essential service to the various nonprofits that make up The Literacy Coalition of Central Texas. By committing to a year of service, ESL Instructors build the capacity of the nonprofits and allow them to meet the needs of the communities around them. Without AmeriCorps, a lot of these programs would be overwhelmed and not able to keep pace with the communities' demands. Their work is essential, and nothing less.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Stipend, Training
We offer plenty of mentorship sessions and professional development training. For ESL Instructors, they will all be trained in the English Forward curriculum and receive their Administrator certification for Best Plus. In addition, all AmeriCorps members will receive Motivational Interviewing training, Trauma-Informed Care Training, and plenty more.
BEST Plus Administrator Certification, English Forward Certification, Training in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Informed Care, and Strength-Based Training.
Skills you will gain
time tracking, keeping, and management, teaching, teamwork, communication, conflict resolution, data tracking and management, lesson planning, mentoring, project management
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Improvise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them
Operate tools and equipment in accordance with established operating procedures, safety standards, and ethical guidelines, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization, Understand the significance of maintaining a healthful and safe environment