Auburn Global — Academic Year Only (AYO) English as a Second Language Instructors

Auburn, Alabama


About Us

The International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a partnership between Auburn University and Shorelight Education. The mission of the program is to immerse first-year international students in the academic and cultural life of the university, help them integrate into campus life, and provide the support that increases their academic success and likelihood in obtaining an Auburn degree.

Job Overview

Due to continued expansion and enrollment, Auburn Global is seeking full-time, English as a Second Language (ESL) Instructors to teach international students in the International Accelerator Program (IAP).  This is a position which is active during the normal Academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters) with time off during the 12 week summer session.  Compensation is paid out throughout the year (12 months) on a bi-weekly basis.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic team of instructors in one of the fastest growing programs in the US.  The Auburn Global program combines English language instruction and support with academic instruction and acculturation to ensure student success and matriculation into Auburn University. This position reports to the Assistant Academic Director of the IAP and ESL programs.  Instructors are responsible for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar skills at all levels in a university-based, intensive ESL program, teaching ESP courses, participating in extracurricular events, and assuming responsibilities in materials development/coordination or other needed specialized areas.

Key Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Teach English for Academic Purposes to international students enrolled in the IAP
  • Work in a team environment with other IAP instructors and the Auburn Global team to prepare, select, and use appropriate teaching and learning materials for international students (including the use of textbooks, in-house materials, and self-created materials)
  • Develop relevant and appropriate lesson plans that provide effective teaching strategies and meet the individual needs of students
  • Assess students and provide both formative and summative evaluations to a high standard
  • Provide oral and written feedback to students and to relevant staff
  • Provide out-of-class academic support for students
  • Carry out administrative tasks associated with teaching and assessment, students’ academic progress reports, weekly grades, attendance, and record of work
  • Provide teaching cover in the absence of other colleagues
  • Participate in the social program where this is an integral part of the teaching/learning program (e.g. accompanying trips and attending events)
  • Participate in and contribute to orientation sessions
  • Act as a positive ambassador for Auburn Global and Auburn University
  • Participate in staff development and professional training as required
  • Attend university and program meetings as required

Qualifications and Selection Criteria

  • Master’s degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics required
  • Demonstrable knowledge of applied linguistics, second language acquisition, language-teaching methodologies, assessment, and curriculum/lesson planning; TEFL certifications (CELTA, DELTA, Bridge, or Oxford) are a plus
  • Two years of related experience, including one year in an academic ESL program
  • Near native English ability
  • Overseas experience or experience teaching in multicultural/multilingual classrooms desired
  • Exceptional communication skills and dynamic, charismatic personality
  • Competence in a foreign language preferred
  • Eligibility to work in the United States without sponsorship


Application Process

To apply for this position, please visit the Shorelight Careers page to submit an application with a resume and cover letter.

Please also include copies of Master’s transcripts and/or relevant certificates recently taught and full contact information for three references.

Shorelight Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.