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Volunteer ESL Instructor

Remote Job: United States


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Our volunteer English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor is responsible for teaching English language learners to read, speak, listen, and write in English, so that they may achieve grade-level proficiency in all academic areas in accordance with English Language Proficiency (ELP) standards. The ESL teacher should be highly knowledgeable in the content and structure of the English language as well as the methodology for teaching English to non-native speakers.



  • Teaches the English Language Proficiency Standard Course of Study, instructing pupils in accordance with approved methods of language instruction, utilizing the course of study adopted by the RIS system, and other appropriate learning activities.

  • Develops lesson plans and instructional materials. Provides individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.

  • Collaborates with online course teachers to scaffold and support students’ access to grade level content.

  • Translates lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instructional time.

  • Creates an online environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.

  • Establishes and maintains standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the online course.

  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals. Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicates these objectives to the students.

  • Employs a variety of instructional techniques and instructional media, consistent with the physical limitations of the location provided and the needs and capabilities of the individuals or student groups involved.

  • Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports.

  • Identifies pupil needs and cooperates with other professional staff members in assessing and helping students solve health, attitude, and learning problems. Co-teaches in an online course as deemed necessary.

  • Provides staff development about Limited English Proficiency needs at the school level.

  • Plans and supervises purposeful assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers and evaluates their job performance as requested.

  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by RIS and through self-selected professional growth activities.

  • Selects and requisitions books and instructional aids; maintains required inventory; LEP testing documentation and records.

  • Participates in curriculum development programs as required. Participates in faculty meetings.




  • ESL certification is required.

  • Highly qualified designation in ESL.

  • Certification in additional core content licensure areas is preferred.

  • Depending on training and education, creatively meets the challenges presented by a multi-level English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) class (either independently or with the support of senior instructors and Sr. Education Manager).

  • Demonstrated ability to build participation in an adult ESOL class, and maintain learner participation.

  • Strong tech skills; knowledge and experience in applying new and emerging technologies to facilitate and advance student learning.

  • Ability to provide remote instruction on Zoom (with guidance and tips from RIS Education Manager).

  • Depending on training and education, create and/or adapt lesson plans from the existing curriculum, following program goals and language objectives while integrating technology (either independently or with the support of senior instructors and RIS Education Manager).

  • Strong understanding of confidentiality and professional boundaries.

  • Enthusiasm for working with students with interrupted and/or limited formal schooling and in some cases limited literacy skills (both in English and/or their native language).


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Proficiency in Dari and Pashto preferred.

  • Degree in TESOL; and/or 

  • TESOL certification from a state licensing agency; and/or

  • Have a minimum of 1-2 years of experience in TESOL or formal classroom experience, teaching English in the U.S.

  • Experience working with refugees or other newcomers who have experienced trauma.

  • Teaching experience in the field of computer literacy.

  • Working with small NGOs and organizations that provide internet services is a plus.

  • Knowledge of WhatsApp, Google Docs, and Microsoft Office/Teams is preferred.

  • Experience working with English language learners with interrupted education and/or limited literacy skills.


The Roya Institute of Studies recognizes the importance of a diverse workplace and is committed to being gender and socially inclusive. Individuals who come from refugee or immigrant households are particularly encouraged to submit their applications.


Physical Abilities: Hearing and speaking to exchange information in person, over the computer, and on the phone; seeing to read and prepare lessons; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; kneeling, bending of the waist, and reaching overhead to write on the whiteboard.


Application Requirements: Send your resume and cover letter to (subject line: ESL Instructor) or apply on our website at We look forward to hearing from you!

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