University English Education Specialist

Project Description

Batumi State University in Georgia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a University English Education Specialist. Building a strong and effective education system and policy is one of the top priorities of the Georgian Government. In recent years, Georgia has made significant strides in changing the post-soviet education system. In higher education, the government has identified needs to improve the language skills of students, teachers’ professional development, resources and access to opportunities, and others. One of the main goals at this level of education is to support employability by providing English language and other professional skills development opportunities to students. The University is obligated to engage in an accreditation process, and improving existing or adding new programs, is an essential part of the process. The PCRV experience will be invaluable in reviewing, updating, or developing program curriculums. The PCRV will also play a critical role in developing various teaching and learning resources that help teachers improve their classroom instruction with a focus on speaking and writing skills. The PCRV will support the development of teacher professional skills through co-teaching and workshops in modern teaching methodologies and helping teachers to incorporate modern teaching methodologies in the teaching process.

The PCRV will support Batumi State University to improve their practices of developing educational projects, planning and developing conferences, competitions, or other extracurricular activities supporting employability skills building in English. Additionally, they will support the development of activities in conversational English and writing in both formal and non-formal educational settings. The goal of this project is to improve English teaching and learning practices, while also improving English language fluency and staff professional development.

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

Partner Information

Batumi State University

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Education, TESOL, or related field
• At least three years of experience teaching English
• Strong knowledge of modern teaching methodologies
• Experience with teacher professional development and teacher training
• Knowledge and access to external learning opportunities for students and teachers
• Experience/Knowledge/Interest in developing teaching resources
• Desire and ability to teach English to adults
• Strong communication skills
• Strong computer and digital skills
• Strong leadership skills
• Highly motivated and flexible
• High levels of energy
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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.

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