English Teaching (TESOL) Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Public Education (MEP), Directorate of Quality Management and Evaluation (DGEC) in Costa Rica has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as an English Teaching (TESOL) Specialist. In accordance with current regulations, the DGEC has transitioned the national evaluation of foreign languages from a norm-referenced assessment model (Baccalaureate Test) to a criteria-referenced assessment model. This new criteria-referenced assessment is now administered digitally and is designed to assess reading and listening language skills. The first administration of the test was this year, with approximately 62,000 students participating and being assigned a competency level, and the large-scale assessment process is an ongoing and rigorous endeavor, always open to learning and improvement.

The PCRV will support DGEC by strengthening the team's capacity in secondary education, written and spoken English, computer literacy, and interpersonal skills. The PCRV will work collaboratively with the DGEC's team of national English advisors on item writing and reviewing, design of digital resources, and digital assessment tutorials, and developing workshops for English advisors and teachers.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Costa Rica together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Public Education (MEP), Directorate of Quality Management and Evaluation MEP-DGEC

Required Skills

• Master's degree in English education or field related to TESOL
• Five years of experience teaching English or literacy in school or high school environments.
• Intermediate Spanish: the main counterparts can communicate proficiently in English, but Spanish will be needed to communicate with other staff who are not English professionals as well as for daily life interactions (getting to work, buying groceries, developing local relationships, etc.).
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development.
• One year of experience working in transitioning or developing international countries, or with underserved multicultural communities in the United States.

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 Costa Rica

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Medical Considerations

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