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English+ seeks volunteer instructors to teach 50-minute English or math courses online. Although the students are Brazilian middle-schoolers, the language of instruction is English. Volunteers should be either native English-speakers or native Portuguese-speakers with near-native fluency in English. Since the students are just beginning to learn English and enter the program with a low level of math achievement, both the English and the math taught in the program are very basic. Therefore, no special teaching expertise or prior teaching experience is necessary, and because the material is so basic, little class preparation is involved. Before class, students study and train the keywords instructors are asked to use in the live English classes, and students watch videos in Portuguese and English to preview the math topics before live math classes. Therefore, students come to class already having a basic command of the words and concepts to be covered in the English and math classes, respectively, which makes the teacher's job somewhat simple: simply reviewing what the students have already been taught in prerecorded content. Classes, in other words, are less about instruction and more about students experiencing and engaging in real-time English immersion, which it is the instructor's role to provide and facilitate in the context of the day's English keywords and math topic.

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About English+

Location:

1425 Anna Marie Ct, Annapolis, MD 21409, US

Mission Statement

The mission of English+ is to open the world of schooling in English -- normally a privilege of the wealthy -- to Brazilian students who are financially unable to access anglophone schools in Brazil and who have a strong work ethic. English+ prepares these students to attend university in the U.S. if they so desire or simply helps improve their career prospects in Brazil by strengthening their command of math and English, two skills that are in critically short supply in the Brazilian labor market and that provide a path to significant socioeconomic advancement. In Brazil, where many of the poorest students receive only a half day of schooling, English+ offers live online courses in the second half of the day to underprivileged youth so that no one is deprived of a full day of learning based on socioeconomic status.

Description

English+ was founded in 2019 by a former McKinsey & Co. management consultant and a former teacher at the American School of São Paulo with the aim of recreating the experience of the American School on a low-cost, highly scalable basis to serve the many students who attend half-day public schools in the favelas (slums) of São Paulo, with a focus on the favela of Paraisópolis, which borders the American School's campus and is home to more than 100,000 people. Since its founding, English+ has successfully completed various pilot phases to test its curriculum and overall program design and has raised significant funding from donors in both Brazil and the U.S. The program's next goal is to recruit more teachers in order to serve more of the students who apply to the program's highly competitive selection process.

Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
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WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Portuguese

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • 1-10 hours per week
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with Zoom

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