ESL Instructor (PDI) | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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ESL Instructor (PDI)

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) of American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is seeking an ESL instructor for its English Language programs. PDI provides English language instruction to non-traditional students. The majority of students are adults enrolled in general ESL classes in the evenings. However, PDI also offers test preparation courses (TOEFL, IELTS), as well as classes specifically tailored to the needs of clients, i.e., Conversational English, Academic Writing, Business English.
Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Planning, preparing, and delivering lessons effectively
  • Meeting the curriculum objectives for each course
  • Developing and using supplemental materials to enhance learning
  • Preparing and administering weekly assessments
  • Maintaining attendance and grading records
  • Attending staff meetings and workshops
  • Carrying out various other tasks assigned by department head, such as placement testing
  • Work independently and also as a member of a small team of instructors
  • Classroom hours: approximately 20 hours per week; additional work may be available as the opportunity arises.
  • Working hours: 6 evenings a week (from Sunday to Thursday); daytime classes may also be offered.
  • Holidays: Fridays and Saturdays, all university holidays, one week off every 7 weeks in between the terms, and a 2-week break over Christmas/New Year’s
  • Class Size: 15-20 students  
  • Contract Type:1 year with potential for renewal
  • Employment visa will be provided by the university if needed
Minimal Qualifications:
  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years’ English language teaching experience
Preferred Qualifications:
  • MA/M.Ed. in English/Applied Linguistics/TEFL/TESOL
  • CELTA, DELTA, or Trinity Certificate, or equivalent teaching certification (must comprise a minimum of 120 hours coursework and 20 hours classroom teaching practice)
  • Previous Middle East experience or experience working in emergent nations
  • Experience teaching specialized English courses, such as TOEFL/ IELTS preparation, business English, medical English
  • Round-trip airfare from country of origin
  • Furnished accommodation, plus most utilities
  • IT assets including work laptop 
  • Available participation in the University health insurance program
Applicants should submit the following materials via email, with “ESL Instructor” in the subject line, to recruitment [at]
  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Copies of highest degree and teaching certificates
  • A copy of the photo page from a current passport
No telephone calls please. While we thank all applicants for their interest, only those under consideration will be contacted for a follow-up interview.  AUIS is an Affirmative Action / Equal Employment Opportunity employer that believes cultural diversity is essential to education.