The English Language Center (ELC) Specialist provides specialized instruction and support for the purposes of developing MUR-ELC Program participants’ academic English skill sets to be successful in the academic and business environments of higher education institutes and global corporations respectively. Being a positive team player is an essential element of the position. The ELC Specialist is expected to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial to position the ELC as a market leader.
Performs those activities listed in the Miami University Human Resources handbook as appropriate and applicable.
Plans, organizes, and provides instruction in up to 3 classes per academic term (22.5 hrs) in only the English language to meet the MUR-ELC Program curriculum goals. Instruction must be consistent and coordinated with best practices and in line with the overall instructional pedagogy of the MUR-ELC Program so that students meet and exceed learning objectives and the requirements necessary to enter U.S. higher education institutes as efficiently as possible.
Engages in the development and implementation of MUR-ELC orientations of new cohorts (generally, spring, summer, and fall). During orientations, working some evenings and weekends will be required.
Develops and implements learner-centered lesson plans utilizing a broad range of appropriate best-practices techniques and strategies addressing all aspects of communication that develop each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and listen in content areas at levels ensuring learners meet or exceed learning targets allowing MUR-ELC Program participants the best opportunity to meet their academic English language goals as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Administers academic and language assessments for the purpose of evaluating learners’ progress in meeting academic learning targets and progress in English language acquisition. Maintains complete and accurate records of student’s progress and evidence of growth and progress (attendance, goal-driven assignments, participation, engagement, college skills, etc.).
Works to develop and provide a professional, supportive, and positive learning environment that includes academically rigorous and attainable objectives and goals. Encourages learners to take ownership of their education by advocating responsibility, enhancing motivation, clearly communicating expectations, and integrating challenging instructional strategies and objectives.
Makes himself or herself available to learners outside of classroom as necessary to assist with goal-driven assignments, speeches, presentations, and writing assignments. Provides positive and meaningful feedback to learners.
Participates in professional development through attendance at TESOL, ESL, and other international conferences and through membership in related professional associations (TESOL, OHIO TESOL, NAFSA).
Participates in the development of instructor and learner responsibilities, rules, and regulations and adheres to and implements those policies, rules, and regulations regarding the MUR-ELC Program and all related programs respectively.
Participates in the development of marketing materials, strategies, and generation of entrepreneurial ideas for the MUR-ELC Program. Attends marketing events as necessary.
Plays an active role in the development of the ELC and related programs.
Develops and attends extracurricular activities and events for MUR-ELC Program learners. Extracurricular activities at times will require evening and weekend hours. Additionally, some overnight trips will require ELC Specialist to travel for several days.
Understands and accepts the challenges and rewards of working in a global environment.
Works as a MUR-ELC team member with a positive attitude and understanding that the IEP field has specific challenges and requires a high degree of flexibility.
Sits on committees and promotes collaboration across departments and various University and community stakeholders.
Posts on MUR-ELC’s SNSs as assigned (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, WiChat, etc).
Understands that additional duties and responsibilities may be added at a later date. The ELC Specialist will be notified beforehand.
The MUR-ELC Full-time ELC Specialist will possess a Master’s degree in TESOL (or related field) or a bachelor’s degree with a combination of three of the following:
TEFL or TESOL certificate (120 hours)
5 or more years of ESL/ELL classroom experience
5 or more years of experience living and teaching in a foreign country in the ESL environment
5 or more years of experience developing and publishing ESL related materials
5 or more years of experience teaching online or use of LMS platforms in ESL-related courses
5 or more years of experience working with young learners and adults from diverse backgrounds
(experience can be gained concurrently)
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Docs)
Excellent communication skills (written, verbal, presentation)
Working knowledge of SNSs, LMSs, and MOOCs
Excellent ability to understand and use English grammar terms
Working knowledge of various English language assessments (TOEFL IPT, TOEFL iBT, TOEFL PBT, IELTS, ITEP, ACT)
Web site or SNSs development and content generation
Passion for global education and working with multi-cultural groups
Entrepreneurial spirit in the development of short courses and specialized seminars as related to the ESL, IEP, ELL, ESP fields
Classroom management skills
Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.