ESL Instructor


The Professional Development Institute (PDI) of the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) is seeking ESL instructors 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, medical, business English, English for Academic Purposes (EAP).  In short, PDI functions as a specialized language institute rather than a university preparatory program.


We are looking for candidates who are available for the terms beginning May 22, 2018.


  • Native English speaker
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years’ English language teaching experience


  • 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, academic English


Instructors are responsible for:

  • 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: 18 hours per week; additional work may be available as the opportunity arises
  • Working hours: 6 evenings a week (from Saturday to Thursday); daytime classes may also be offered 
  • Holidays: Fridays, all university holidays, one week off every 8 weeks, and a 2-3 week break over Christmas/New Year
  • Class Size: 15-20 students  
  • Contract Type:  One year with potential for renewal
  • Employment visa: Arranged by the University; cost to employee $600-700.


  • Attractive tax-free salary paid in US dollars; $30-$35/hour, depending on qualifications and experience
  • Round-trip airfare from country of origin
  • Comfortable fully furnished accommodation (3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms), shared with another expat instructor, plus most utilities
  • Work laptop, mobile phone
  • Transportation to/from the university
  • Option to participate in the university’s health insurance program


Please send the following document by email to Mr. Rawand Abas 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

Kindly send your application by email only.