The PennTESOL Opportunities page is where you can find job postings, professional development events, calls for proposals, grants, research, and other news relevant to the field of English language teaching in and around Eastern Pennsylvania.

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  • Tuesday, May 14, 2024 8:12 PM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    The ELP at Penn is looking to hire ESL Lecturers for Summer Programs 2024. We are looking for qualified and talented instructors for a variety of programs. Part-Time appointments are available for the Institute for Academic & Professional Studies – July 1 – 26, and August 1 – 28, and the Summer 2 Intensive Program – July 1 – August 16. Qualified applicants should contact John Cotton:

  • Wednesday, February 14, 2024 2:08 PM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    NJTESOL/NJBE Annual Spring Conference May 29th through May 31st

  • Sunday, November 05, 2023 7:18 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    Dear English-language Educators: 

    We are excited to announce the 2024 American Language Program (ALP) Winter  Conference at Columbia University. This year’s conference theme is Language Learning  & Technology: Innovations/Implications. 

    Larissa Goulart, an Assistant Professor of Linguistics at Montclair State University, will  deliver the plenary speech, titled "Analyzing Language Data, Empowering Teachers: A  Corpus Linguistics Approach to Pedagogical Material Development." Larissa’s research  

    focuses on using corpus linguistics tools to analyze the linguistic characteristics of  undergraduate student writing. Before becoming a professor, she taught English writing  classes at Northern Arizona University and in her home country of Brazil. 

    This year’s conference will be held in person on Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 9:45  AM to 3:00 PM at Columbia University’s Faculty House. 

    Now in its tenth year, the conference is a one-day professional development event for  TESOL educators, researchers, and graduate and doctoral students and is aimed at  facilitating the sharing of innovative ideas and the enrichment of pedagogical practice. We welcome proposals from colleagues in the New York area.  

    We invite you to submit proposals that focus on either practical approaches and  techniques or research-informed presentations about language learning and its  relationship with technology. Presentations, including time for Q&A, will be 30 minutes  long. 

    Proposals will be evaluated based on: 

    Novelty of approach 

    Significance to the field 

    Research basis for proposed practices 

    Relevance of topic to the conference theme 

    Clarity of session description 

    Submit your proposal by January 12, 2024: 

    In the meantime, feel free to contact us if you have questions or if you would like more  information about the conference.  

    Best regards, 

    Christopher W. Collins (

    Brittany Ober (

  • Friday, October 20, 2023 6:07 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    A message from Lergia Olivo, PhD candidate, Florida International University:

    I am seeking adult or higher education English language teachers to participate in the first phase of my dissertation research by completing an anonymous online survey related to your perceptions regarding teaching English in the fully-online asynchronous modality. You do not need prior experience teaching fully-online in order to complete this survey.

    Completing this survey will only take 15 minutes of your time and would be greatly appreciated. Also consider forwarding this post and participation link to anyone you know that may also have relevant experience. If you have any questions, you can contact me at This link will take you to the survey:

    Thank you in advance for your time!

  • Wednesday, October 18, 2023 9:10 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    The Welcoming Center is hiring a Full Time Instructor, ESOL & Digital Skills in Northeast Philadelphia


    The Instructor will provide English instruction integrated with digital literacy and other critical workforce and life skills to adult learners in the Philadelphia area, with a particular focus on Northeast Philadelphia. As part of this role, the Instructor will coordinate and teach TWC’s English for Job Search class, a 9-week class that teaches English and computer skills to support intermediate-level English Language Learners (ELLs) in conducting a U.S-based job search. The Instructor will also play a significant role in developing and supporting digital literacy activities for English Language Learners in Northeast Philadelphia. The Instructor will work with the Manager of ESOL and Digital Skills Training to develop and refine curriculum, engage volunteers, and work with TWC’s Career Specialists and the Student Support & Intake Coordinator to ensure that ESOL and digital skills training participants gain language proficiency, job opportunities, and social and economic integration. As a key part of the ESOL and Digital Skills Training team at The Welcoming Center, the Instructor will also contribute to the vision for the ESOL program, including identifying meaningful ways to engage participants in leadership and volunteer opportunities within the organization and beyond.

    Read the full description here:

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 12:34 PM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    Adjunct Instructor at Drexel ELC

    Adjunct instructors are needed to join our Intensive English program teaching 6-13.5 hours per week for 10 weeks. Academic courses for nonnative speakers of English include but are not limited to: writing/grammar, listening/speaking, reading/vocabulary, content-based English, introduction to university culture, and test preparation.

    Required Qualifications

    • A master’s degree in ESL/EFL, TESOL, TESL, TEFL, or Applied Linguistics preferred. A student in the second year of a master's program is eligible to apply. A TESOL certificate with relevant academic background is acceptable. 

    • Ability to teach academic preparation courses.
    • Two years of experience in higher education or working with college-age students preferred.

    • Ability to work independently after orientation in a fast-paced academic environment (10-week terms).
    • A superior level of English proficiency (for language proficiency criteria go to
    • Ability to learn and use classroom technology, including learning management systems.
    • Experience living and/or working abroad (preferred)

    About the English Language Center

    The English Language Center (ELC)’s Intensive English Program and International Gateway Program are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. In addition, the ELC is a member of the University and College Intensive English Programs Consortium (UCIEP) and EnglishUSA.

    For more details, and to apply, see:

  • Monday, September 11, 2023 11:39 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    IELP now hiring part time ESL Instructors.

    Sessions starting October 2023
    (Philadelphia-based, in-person)

    Part Time ESL Instructors are responsible for the planning and delivery of ESL classes within the curriculum of the intensive English language program (IELP). Instructors are expected to plan lessons, activities, homework, and formative assessments for the entire session. The IELP curriculum provides course objectives, textbooks, and end-of-level assessment, but teachers have a lot of autonomy in lesson planning and curriculum implementation. Regular, timely, reporting on attendance, student performance, and some other administrative functions are essential to this position.  
    Approximate Breakdown of Duties 
    70% classroom instruction 
    20% preparation, assessment, curriculum 
    10% meetings and administration 

    This is a part-time, contract position. Starting rate:
    $46/hour with Master’s
    $50/hour with Ph.D.
    30% of preparation time is paid for each hour of teaching.

    - Must hold a master’s degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a closely related field, and two years’ experience teaching English to adults;
    - Excellent oral and written communication skills in English 
    Demonstrated knowledge of language teaching methodology and assessment practices;
    - Demonstrated ability to work with a highly diverse population;
    - Ability to work legally in the US.
    - Experience teaching abroad and experience in university-based intensive English programs;
    - Experience developing materials and assessments in academic English programs;
    - Fluency in additional languages;
    - Experience with Canvas, Microsoft Teams, and educational technology. 
    Specific schedules can vary from session to session, but it is common for instructors to teach one or two classes per 7-week session, each of which is from 4 to 6 hours of teaching per week.

    Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to

  • Monday, September 11, 2023 7:53 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    Adult Educator Networking Night

    You’re invited to Adult Educator Networking Night!

    Join OCF Adult Education and Community College of Philadelphia for refreshments, conversation, and community with the adult education provider network across Philadelphia!

    Wednesday, Sept. 20
    4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
    Community College of Philadelphia

    Mint Building, The Rotunda
    1700 Spring Garden Street

    Learn more about how to support adult learners and help them achieve their goals.


    RSVP by September 12 to Sarah Maguire at


    We hope to see you there!

  • Monday, September 11, 2023 7:36 AM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for TLC's 9th Annual Conference 

    Building Connections: Strengthening Our Digital Equity Community, which will be held on Thursday October 5th at Temple University.


    Timed to coincide with National Digital Inclusion Week, the conference will feature guest speakers, breakout sessions, and more. This year's theme is a reflection that, as we plan and prepare for a historic infusion of federal funding for digital equity work, we must prioritize expanding and strengthening our community--now and for the long term.


    Interested in presenting at the conference? Our call for breakout session topics is now open! You have until Friday Sept 15th to submit your session idea. Breakout sessions will be one hour in length, and will likely feature multiple speakers. Please take a few minutes to let us know what you are interested in speaking about at the conference, and we will review submissions and attempt to match presenters up by topic to create engaging and informative sessions. The link has more information about the types of sessions we are looking for.


    Stay tuned! We'll begin announcing our exciting lineup of speakers soon.

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2023 3:02 PM | Rob Sheppard (Administrator)

    The Welcoming Center is hiring a F/T Student Support & Intake Coordinator

    The ESOL program at The Welcoming Center is hiring a F/T Student Support & Intake Coordinator to help support the expansion of our program activities to Northeast Philadelphia. Application deadline is 9/29. The job posting is on our TWC website: You can also read more details in the attachment. 

    Student Support and Intake Coordinator Job Description - 2023.pdf

    The Welcoming Center

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