English Language Instructor for University English Language Teachers

Project Description

The Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH)- Language Center in Mexico has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an English Language Instructor for University English Language Teachers. An initial needs assessment showed that 40% of UAEH’s English language teachers do not meet the minimum B2 English language level required of all faculty members, and English language teachers need to attain a C1/C2 level. UAEH has received support to design a curriculum to support English teachers to increase their level of communicative language skills, as well as to train them on the effective implementation of content-based instruction methods. That curriculum is currently in an initial pilot phase, and UAEH has requested a PCRV to support the Language Center in continuing curriculum implementation with a new teacher cohort, and to assess the results and make recommendations.

The PCRV will be part of Language Center staff and will collaborate closely with their counterpart and other faculty and staff members to facilitate English courses for English teachers following the curriculum previously developed, design and implement activities to provide teachers with feedback, and assess curriculum implementation and make recommendations to improve the program. The PCRV will actively contribute to and participate in decision-making, planning, and the implementation of actions to improve or strengthen programs and services, and to proactively create opportunities for intercultural exchange. The goal of this assignment is to support UAEH English language teachers to demonstrate proficient command of the language and to deliver quality language instruction.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Mexico together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Volunteer safety is of paramount importance, and the protections of U.S. citizenship promote volunteer safety. Under Mexican law, anyone born in Mexico who became a U.S. citizen after 1998 or anyone holding dual U.S. and Mexican citizenship is considered a citizen of Mexico, and not of the United States. If such an individual faced a legal, safety or other emergency situation in Mexico, the Peace Corps' ability to intervene could be limited. Therefore, the PC will not place in Mexico individuals who are either dual citizens of Mexico and the U.S. or who were born in Mexico and became U.S. citizens after 1998. If you fit either of these categories, we encourage you to look at other opportunities with PC Response.

Partner Information

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo (UAEH) – Language Center

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in Education, Linguistics, English Language Teaching, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Foreign Language Teaching, or related field
• 3+ years of professional experience teaching English or a foreign language
• At least 2 years of teaching English at a university level
• Basic Spanish language or the willingness and ability to quickly self-learn Spanish language communication skills, including ongoing study and practice during service
• Accountability
• Adaptability and flexible thinking
• Initiative
• Problem solving
• Collaboration
• Intercultural engagement

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Mexico

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Medical Considerations

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