Language Pedagogy Specialist, ESL/EAL

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Hyde Park Campus

2120070 Chicago Language Center

About the Unit
The Chicago Language Center (CLC) is a hub for professional development and support for language instructors and students at all levels of the over 50 languages that are taught each year at the University of Chicago. In 2015 the English Language Institute (ELI) was established within the CLC to meet the English language needs of all international students across campus – over 3000 every academic year. In just under three years, the ELI has developed a large-scale pre-matriculation summer program as well as academic year programming including courses, workshops, and individualized instruction. The ELI also works collaboratively with the Writing Program and UChicagoGRAD to maximize and complement existing programming.

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Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of the English Language Institute in the Chicago Language Center, the Language Pedagogy Specialist serves the needs of international students across campus by providing academic programming throughout the year and collaborating with different units/offices across campus. The Language Pedagogy Specialist must be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment to accommodate the needs of an ever-expanding English program.


  • Teaches North American Academic English courses
  • Teaches individualized courses in English for career professionalization, discipline-specific English, and other relevant foci based on student needs
  • Designs and implements a range of English courses and programming for international students across programs and divisions at UChicago
  • Works to ensure seamless integration with UChicago's Writing Program by creating ESL/EAL-specific academic and professional writing programming
  • Conducts assessment for both placement and evaluation
  • Develops language-infused cultural activities for international students using ‘Chicago as Classroom'
  • Trains new instructors and part-time staff in ESL/EAL pedagogy (theory and practice)
  • Creates workshops to promote ESL/EAL programs on campus
  • Engages in ongoing professional development
  • Conducts research on ESL/EAL pedagogy to present at relevant conferences


  • Near-native fluency in English
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Interdisciplinary outlook
  • Familiarity with academic rigor of graduate programs at the University of Chicago
  • Ability to teach evening classes

  • Multilingual/Multicultural

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, or Certifications:

  • Master's degree required in Applied Linguistics or related field


  • Experience teaching Academic English at the university level in the United States, especially Academic Writing
  • Experience teaching professional English
  • Experience designing curriculum

  • Five years' experience teaching Academic English at the university level in the United States, especially Academic Writing
  • Extensive experience teaching English to students pursuing advanced degrees in law/business/finance, public policy, or the physical/biological sciences
  • Experience designing curriculum for international graduate students
  • Experience teaching abroad
  • Experience training others

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of ESL/EAL pedagogy and instructional methodologies
  • Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (or equivalent)
  • Google Drive, Box, and Canvas (or equivalent)
  • Familiarity with ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) guidelines and OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) testing; willingness to be ACTFL trained
  • Ability to edit and proofread documents in English at an advanced level
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Knowledgeable about cultural resources in the Chicago area

  • OPI trained (full 4-day workshop) or certified

Required Documents:
  • Resume
  • Teaching philosophy statement
  • Cover letter
  • List of references
  • Please be aware that a teaching video and conducting a teaching demonstration might be requested.

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.

Benefit Eligibility

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Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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