ESL Instructor

Job city: 
Job region: 
Greater Toronto Area
Application Deadline: 
Friday, August 28, 2020 - 4:00pm
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Program Overview – English Language Services, Community Programs

Newcomer Programs & Services has served newcomers and refugees in Toronto for over four decades. Its mandate is to help newcomers and refugees settle, adjust, and integrate into society. Funded by the three levels of government, WoodGreen Newcomer Programs & Services operates English language training programs, settlement services, employment support programs, mentorship, networking activities, and social and recreational activities. Newcomer Programs & Services is committed to providing friendly and professional services to all newcomers to help them connect with Canadian society and their new way of life.


  • Designs lessons, modules, and assessment tasks with clear language learning objectives that are aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks, and performs all duties associated with Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA), specific program curriculum, and other guidelines set out by WoodGreen and its funders
  • Develops appropriate lesson plans, teaching methodologies, materials, and activities based on the experiences, social contexts, and life goals of learners
  • Collaborates with other staff within WoodGreen to ensure clients’ success and integration in programming
  • In consultation with the Manager, arranges for guest speakers, fieldtrips, and other computerized/on-line learning activities to facilitate learning of learners.
  • Starts classes on time and adheres to the scheduled breaks and dismissal times
  • Using PBLA assessment practices and principles, evaluates progress of learners on an on-going basis and promotes students to the next level as required
  • Monitors learners’ attendance, follows up with learners who are absent or are at risk of dropping out, and informs Manager if attendance drops
  • Supports WoodGreen’s learner recruitment efforts through providing input, encouraging referrals from existing learners, and supporting recruitment activities.
  • Monitors the settlement needs of learners and links them to WoodGreen’s services and programs as needed
  • Submits curriculum outlines, lesson plans, attendance records, and statistical and program reports on time
  • Maintains program resources and ensures they are in good working condition
  • Ensures the anti-racism objectives and community development principles of the organization are achieved


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching, Adult Education, or Social Science
  • TESL Ontario Certificate and current member in good standing with TESL Ontario
  • Fully trained in Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA) an asset
  • Minimum two (2) years of experience in teaching English as a Second Language and implementing PBLA
  • Experience using technology and delivering online classes and hybrid models effectively.

What Will Set You Apart

  • Strong ability to work in a team and able to teach with limited supervision
  • Knowledge of settlement issues and familiarity with educational resources for newcomers to Canada
  • Excellent knowledge of Canadian Language Benchmarks including training in and experience with implementing Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA)
  • Strong capability in developing specific curriculum, lesson plans, and learning activities for target groups
  • Strong ability to prepare lessons in accordance with needs, prior experiences, and life goals of learners
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching English language classes to newcomers from diverse backgrounds with a positive approach to multi-level teaching
  • Understanding of anti-racism issues and community development principles
  • Excellent computer skills: MS office, Internet, and knowledge of on-line teaching technologies and resources
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively in teams
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Proven administrative skills: submitting curriculum outlines, lesson plans, attendance records, and monthly reports

Employment Type: Casual, Bargaining Unit
Work Hours: Fluctuating, On-call Monday to Saturday

Salary: T3 - $40.75/per hour

How to apply:

Go to the WoodGreen Careers page at and click on the position(s) that you are interested in to submit your cover letter and resume and to answer a short questionnaire.

WoodGreen is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free selection process and work environment. If contacted in relation to an employment opportunity, please advise our People & Culture representative at of the accommodation measures required. Information received relating to accommodation will be addressed confidentially