English as a Second Language (ESL) Volunteer
BACKGROUND: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. At work in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities to restore safety, dignity and hope, the IRC leads the way from harm to home. The IRC in Atlanta office was established in 1979 and has resettled over 21,000 refugees from nearly 50 countries into the Greater Atlanta area. As the largest refugee resettlement agency in Georgia, the IRC in Atlanta resettles an average of 800 refugees into Georgia annually and provides additional services and assistance to another 1,500 refugees and asylees.
SCOPE OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE INTERN WORK: Learning English is a crucial skill to helping refugees adjust to life in their new country. The IRC-Atlanta Education Team provides several levels of English Language classes. Instruction is focused on developing vocabulary and confidence for dealing with real world situations such as shopping, public transportation, employment, and other daily living skills. Classes are held at Monday through Thursday between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm. This internship requires a minimum commitment of 15 hours a week for no less than a total of 120.
- Assist instructor in daily classroom activities including one-on-one tutoring, leading small groups, and teaching specific components of the curriculum
- Support program activities by researching new curriculum content and preparing educational materials as requested by instructor
- Assist instructor to administer assessment tools to evaluate students’ progress during course of study and appropriate placement into a class level
- Assist with record-keeping, data entry, and file maintenance to support program administration
- Demonstrate the ability to work in a multi-level ESOL classroom
- Create curriculum, activities, and projects that are appropriate for a multi-level ESOL classroom
- Promote a culturally inclusive and linguistically diverse classroom environment
- Demonstrate an understanding of various models of ESOL instruction
- Fluent spoken and written English
- Previous teaching experience a plus
- Ability to take initiative and work independently
- Comfortable working in a cross-cultural environment; international experience a plus
- Enthusiasm, positive attitude
For more information or to apply, please contact Jessica Seales, Volunteer Coordinator, at VolunteerATL@Rescue.org or 678-636-8928. To learn more about us, please visit the IRC website at www.Rescue.org/Atlanta
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- Background Check
- Must be at least 18
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