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Volunteer ESOL Teacher’s Assistant

CASA & CASA IN ACTION SYNOPSIS:
CASA’s mission is to create a more just society by building power and improving the quality of life in immigrant and working class communities. We envision a future where we stand in our own power, our families live free from discrimination and fear, and our diverse communities thrive as we work with our partners to achieve full human rights for all. CASA has a sister organization, CASA in Action, a separate, but related, nonprofit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although CASA and CASA in Action share a common goal of supporting immigrants and low-income people in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, they are separate organizations with their own board of directors. 

DEPARTMENT SYNOPSIS:
CASA’s Department of Education provides ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) courses to adult learners using both Popular Education and Traditional Education methodologies to address the linguistic needs of its students and to provide them with otherwise unavailable educational opportunities.  Our classes also serve to empower students to make positive social change within their community and connect students to concrete opportunities to join other CASA members in the fight for immigration reform, workers’ rights, universal equality, and social justice.  

The goal of CASA’s Life Skills ESOL Program is to improve participants’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English so that they may become more financially independent, increase their employability, better integrate into U.S. society, and achieve their personal goals.  Classes provide adult-learners with the skills to apply English accurately and appropriately in a variety of places including but not limited to home, community, and workplace settings. 

POSITION SUMMARY AND REQUIREMENTS:

  • Assist the ESOL teacher in facilitating engaging and practical lesson plans for working adults that include authentic materials, culture, and technology
  • Support the ESOL teacher in teaching functional English grammar and conversation skills to adult learners of diverse professional and educational backgrounds
  • Answer student questions and promote teamwork during breakout group work
  • Maintain communication with and follow directions from the ESOL teacher to ensure that students are receiving high quality class instruction of consistent tone and style
  • Support the mission of CASA and encourage students to actively participate in community events that promote civic engagement and social justice
  • Potential for other duties to be performed as the occasion and necessity arises 

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE/ SKILLS SET: 

  • Excellent English skills both spoken and written.  Teaching is done in the target language and there will be no opportunity for Volunteer ESOL TAs to practice speaking Spanish or any language other than English. 
  • Energetic and extremely patient when working with self-conscious learners
  • Respectful of all cultures and believe that everyone is capable of learning a second language
  • Extremely punctual
  • Prior teaching or facilitator experience, particularly with continuing education and adult learners preferred but not required
  • Experience working with learners of limited educational backgrounds and study habits preferred but not required

BENEFITS OF POSITION

  • Exposure to Popular Education and adult continuing education curricula
  • Opportunity to execute task-based and group-oriented lesson plans
  • Hands-on experience in grassroots community organizing and social justice initiatives
  • Opportunity to interact with the local immigrant community and develop cultural competency in this area
  • Experience working in a nationally recognized non­profit organization that serves the immigrant community in Maryland

CLASS SCHEDULE:
The Spring 2021 session of the CASA’s Life Skills ESOL Program will run from April 12th to June 3rd.  Classes meet via Zoom Monday through Thursday from 7 PM to 9 PM.  Volunteer TAs support the classes 1 to 4 evening per week depending upon individual availability. 

For more information, please email Shannon Wilk de Benitez, Community Education Manager, swilk@wearecasa.org.
 

Date: 
Mar 29, 2021
Type of Position: 
Volunteer Opportunity

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