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ESOL Teacher (Independent Contractor)

Community Libraries of Providence

Contract Consultant: No benefits

Consultancy fee: Pay for one, in-person, series of 16 classes is $960 (8 weeks x 2 classes/week), which includes preparation, placement testing (to determine student level), and reporting time. 

Dates: May – June 2024


Posted: April 16, 2024

Community Libraries of Providence is seeking experienced and qualified ESOL Teachers to provide English language instruction to diverse adult students (schooling, work experience, economic, cultural, age, and languages spoken). The ESOL Teacher will plan lessons and activities with the goal of motivating their students to learn, meet their work and/or personal goals, and build their confidence in speaking, writing, and reading English. The greatest immediate need is for instruction at the beginning level. 

The ESOL Teacher works collaboratively with the Latino Programs Manager and Spanish Language Outreach Specialist, and refers students to other library programs, such as GED coaching, as appropriate.  They will tailor their instruction to the goals and interests of the enrolled students, with some instruction and practice geared toward specialized workplace vocabulary. Beginning level classes will include vocabulary for daily living and language practice focused on adults day to day communication needs and strengths. 

The ESOL Teacher instructs individuals in a classroom setting. They develop the curriculum, utilizing communicative language strategies, plan and teach classes, providing encouragement for students to interact with one another to improve and broaden their English-speaking fluency. They provide monthly written reports, record statistics and anecdotal information, and keep records of student progress. They may refer students to additional resources and programs in the community. 

The ESOL Teacher may work independently, or with the support of volunteers, they are responsible for guiding. Volunteers may be utilized to facilitate small group sessions during class time or to provide one-on-one practice for individuals, directed by the ESOL teacher. 

 Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Instructs students, develops program syllabi, goals, and objectives based on ESOL teaching methodologies
  • Encourages students to speak, write, and read in English through a variety of creative and interactive activities, informed by learners’ particular needs, strengths, and interests.
  • Prepares and implements lesson plans and evaluation according to best pedagogical practices. .
  • Creates a welcoming, friendly, and inclusive classroom environment.
  • Evaluates students’ progress and maintains accurate records; prepares reports for funders and CLPVD as required.
  • Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field. 
  • Ensures safety and security requirements are met in the classroom. 
  • May supervise and train volunteers. 

Skills Knowledge and Abilities: 

  • Must be knowledgeable and up to date on the current Rhode Island Department of Education’s ESOL program standards for adult learners.
  • Ability to maintain excellent working relationships with CLPVD staff and students. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in written form. 
  • Working knowledge of online teaching resources such as Zoom. 
  • Working knowledge of data collection, data analysis, and evaluation. 
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills; able to manage priorities and workflow. 
  • Ability to instruct and maintain emotional control under stress. 
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse backgrounds of adult education students. 
  • Computer literate; familiar with Word, and spreadsheets. 
  • Bi-lingual (English/Spanish), preferred. 

Physical Demands: Typical office working conditions. Must be able to travel to varied libraries across Providence. Format for teaching will be mainly in person in a classroom setting, with the potential for some classes to take place via Zoom due to illness and/or adverse weather conditions. Class time will be scheduled to accommodate the learners and may include mornings, afternoons or evenings, including Saturdays. 


Experienced and qualified to teach ESOL, with a minimum of 5 years of professional experience with multilingual adult learners in an educational/tutorial setting; a commitment to literacy; an interest in working with adults of diverse economic, linguistic, and/or cultural backgrounds; computer literate; bilingual Spanish preferred. 


Each ESOL class will meet in-person, two times/week for 10 weeks; consultants may apply to teach multiple classes. 

Pay for one, in-person, series of 16 classes is $960 (8 weeks x 2 classes/week), which includes preparation, placement testing (to determine student level), and reporting time. 

Send resume and references to:

Maria Melvin, HR Manager, mmelvin@clpvd.org, 401-467-2700 x.1606

EEOC Statement: Community Libraries of Providence is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.