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ESL Instructor

Locations: Michigan Based (Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, or Detroit areas preferred), Teaching virtually through zoom during Pandemic

Type: $7,500 stipend; Feb 1st- Oct 30th and; Two positions available, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. You may apply for one or both positions if interested and available. There is a possibility to extend the position another year if the program is successful.

Job Summary 

Michigan United is a statewide organization of individuals, faith, labor, civil rights, small business, and social service groups working together for racial and economic justice through community organizing. 


Michigan United is seeking a dedicated Instructor to assist adult immigrants to increase their English language skills and coordinate volunteers for our English Innovations program.


Limited English proficiency is a significant barrier for many immigrants to fully integrate into life in the U.S. — getting a good job, having educational options, and participating in civic life. Limited English language skills are compounded by the gap in digital literacy in our technologically advancing world. English Innovations® is a blended social learning model that integrates English language learning in a collaborative, supportive classroom environment with online tools that enable self-paced, independent learning. The learning framework emphasizes a community-based approach, highlighting the importance of volunteer and peer support.


ESL Instructor Responsibilities:

  • Time commitment is 10 hours per week, 6 hours of instruction, and 4 hours of prep and assessment.

  • Recruit and coordinate volunteers for the English Innovations classes. 

  • Send weekly e-mails to volunteers about upcoming activities and to confirm their attendance. 

  • Assist adult immigrant learners one-on-one in class with the English language

  • Administer CASAS assessment

  • Facilitate virtual classes using the Zoom platform  

  • Conduct follow-up with students to encourage attendance and participation

  • Encourage and motivate learners via email and Skype outside of class

  • *If interested* Teach a basic English class for beginners and an intermediate class for people with some level of proficiency


Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Interest in immigrant communities and sincere desire to support others in achieving their goals

  • Ability to establish a relationship based on respect, with sensitivity to persons of different backgrounds

  • Attend a 2-hour pre-service orientation

  • Basic knowledge of technology (zoom, internet, email, etc.) and digital literacy

  • Be highly enthusiastic, creative, and able to motivate others

  • Arabic and Spanish language fluency is a definite plus, but not required

  • Previous tutoring or teaching experience a plus 

Visit for more information about Michigan United. 

Women, people of color, and LGBTQ persons are strongly encouraged to apply.


How To Apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter and copy Adonis Flores For questions, call Adonis Flores at 313-658-2389.

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