Part-Time ESL Instructors – Summer EAP Preparatory Programme Instructors
Carnegie Mellon University is seeking Summer EAP Preparatory Programme Instructors that will support students to develop their English communication and other 21st Century skills in a holistic way through the delivery of a portfolio of interventions across their academic journey at its location in Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa (CMU-Africa). These include semesterly courses, intensive workshops, writing support and one-to-one tutoring. In addition, it increases learner motivation and autonomy in their professional & academic skills development by supporting relevant student, staff and faculty initiatives and activities. Collaboration with students include a multimedia student blog and a public speaking club. Furthermore, there are several exciting projects in the pipeline including capacity building projects with local universities.
About Carnegie Mellon University
Established out of a partnership between Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and the Government of Rwanda, CMU-Africa is addressing the critical shortage of high-quality engineering talent required to accelerate the economic development and digital transformation of Africa—home to the fastest growing workforce in the world. CMU-Africa was established in 2011 and is the only U.S. research university offering its master’s degrees with full-time faculty, staff and operations in Africa. CMU’s presence in Rwanda provides a platform to engage in Africa’s most significant opportunities and challenges across the continent through world-class education and contextually relevant research.
Our vision is to educate and empower the next generation of African leaders and innovators by delivering a world-class educational experience. CMU-Africa’s mission is to produce creative and technically strong engineers, who have been trained in the African context, and prepared to make transformative impact in their communities and the world.
We are a fast-growing campus with about 230 enrolled students, aiming to grow to 400 in the next couple of years. Our size and exponential growth create a sense of camaraderie and excitement, with strong community ties and a compound sense of accomplishment in our team members, contributing towards mutually beneficial relationships between staff and students.
The successful candidate will be responsible for delivering the summer English for Academic Purposes (EAP) preparatory programme to prepare students to embark on their academic journey at CMU-Africa. The aim of the Summer EAP Preparatory Programme is to increase our incoming students’ linguistic and communicative competence in English and provide them with a foundation in the educational culture, expectations, skills and requirements of the university. Course syllabi and instructional materials will be provided. However, the EEP and English Booster course will require development and adaptation and you are encouraged to incorporate your own resources as you see fit. The successful candidate will thrive on working under their own initiative to deliver a demanding and intensive summer programme as part of a team of instructors.
This is a 3-month fixed-term contract (1st June – 31st August) with the potential of extension to work part-time in the fall semester from September. The Summer EAP Preparatory Programme consists of three main parts:
- A 6-week intensive English Enhancement Programme (EEP) aimed at raising linguistic proficiency and improving academic reading and writing (B2).
- A 6-week Academic Skills course covering reading, writing, speaking, listening and graduate study skills (B2-C1+).
- A 6-week English Booster course focusing on speaking skills for the classroom (B2).
While specific responsibilities will vary, they will include, but will not be limited to, the following:
- Teaching the summer EAP preparatory programme.
- Adapting and developing the EEP and English Booster courses.
- Designing, developing and adapting instructional materials as necessary.
- Undertaking formative assessments throughout the programme.
- Providing regular and timely developmental feedback to the students.
- Undertaking summative assessments, reporting on student progress and assisting with the placement of students onto appropriate EAP modules in the Fall semester.
- Undertaking an end-of-programme evaluation and providing feedback and recommendations as necessary.
- Maintaining course attendance records and other related administrative duties.
QUALIFICATIONS, EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
• Graduate qualification in English language instruction for non-native speakers, such as Cambridge Delta or Trinity DipTESOL from a globally recognized institution.
• Minimum 3 years’ post-qualification experience teaching EAP at tertiary level.
• proficient user of English (minimum overall score of 110 in TOEFL or 8 in IELTS).
• Fluency in spoken and written English and French a plus
• Experience of U.S. graduate education system or similar.
• Experience of teaching and collaborating effectively across different cultures, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
• Experience teaching English for technical communication, professional English, English for engineers or teacher training.
• Past or current IELTS examiner status
• Competency in asynchronous and/or hybrid instruction.
• Knowledge or experience of designing and developing an EAP preparatory programme.
• Knowledge or experience of evaluating the impact of language development programmes.
SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES
• Demonstrable ability to use an interactive, student-centered approach that fosters learner autonomy, motivation, collaborative learning and critical thinking skills.
• Proven ability to use Canvas or other Learning Management Systems (LMS).
• Exceptional written, oral and electronic communication skills.
• Passionate about teaching and has a creative, fun and energetic approach.
• Enjoys working collaboratively with other teaching staff and has strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
• Self-driven and comfortable working with minimal direction.