ESL Instructor (part-time)

  • 4401 Village Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030, USA
  • Part-time

Company Description

Virginia International University (VIU) was established in 1998 with the goal of providing affordable, quality higher education for students preparing to meet the ever-evolving needs and opportunities of the 21st Century workforce. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, just minutes from Washington, DC, VIU is an independent academic establishment combining a liberal arts tradition with emphasis on career orientation. We are currently offering graduate and undergraduate level programs in computer science, business, and management, as well as full and part-time certificates in a variety of professional and technical fields, including English as a Second Language (ESL). Our Student body comes from over 50 different countries as of today.

It is the policy of VIU to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all people regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability, source of income, place of residence or business, and veteran status. An integral part of this policy is to administer recruiting , hiring, working conditions, benefits and privileges of employment, compensation, training, opportunity for advancement including upgrades and promotion, transfer, and termination of employment including layoff and recall for all employees in accordance with this policy.

Job Description

Virginia International University is seeking part-time ESL Instructors to teach in our School of Language Studies.  We offer both intensive and/or non-intensive ESL prgorams (see our programs here:  Our programs have several start dates throughout the year.  


Intensive ESL Program (7-week classes, 70 contact hours or 35 contact hours)
Typically college-bound international students

  • 70-contact hour courses meet four (4) days per week
  • 35-contact hour courses meet two (2) days per week

Non-Intensive ESL Program (days/times vary by class type; see website for upcoming start dates)
Typically short-term students working on their English (includes Au Pairs, local working adults, etc.)

  • Museum Classes meet on Saturdays
  • Evening classes meet two (2) days per week
  • Daytime classes meet four (4) days per week
  • Weekend classes meet for two (2) consecutive Saturdays


Our students come to VIU from all around the world and we aim to provide the best English language instruction possible.  To be a part of our team, you have to be dedicated and passionate about linguistics and higher education.  We look for instructors who: 

  • Are adaptable.  We are a growing University wishing to both innovate and expand our programs.  With innovation comes the need for flexibility and adaptability, so successful candidates will be those who are open and easily adaptable to new processes and procedures.  
  • Are lifelong learners.  Working at a University means you are dedicated to our students and the education they receive, and we are dedicated to the education and resources YOU receive.  We want someone who gets excited when a new challenge or project comes their way and is dedicated to professional development.
  • Encourage and embrace diversity. We need faculty members who have a passion for teaching in a multicultural environment and can embrace the differences in others.  Our student body comes from all over the world, from many educational backgrounds, and with many different cultural and linguistic differences, so the ability to understand and adapt to many different cultures is a must.
  • Are flexible.  As a result of the high percentage of international students at our university, scheduling can change at a moment’s notice.  We are seeking instructors who are flexible and can teach with short notice, handle changes to their course schedule, and are willing to take on low enrollment courses.
  • Have a desire to be part of a collaborative and diverse faculty.  VIU prides itself in its diversity, and successful candidates working in our School of Language Studies have the change to contribute to our School/University in unique ways.


  • Teach courses in our intensive ESL program, primarily for college-bound international students, and/or our non-intensive program, primarily for au pairs and local, part-time students
  • Part-time faculty can teach up to 27 hours per week
  • Instruct students in pronunciation, speaking and listening, grammar, reading and writing, and content-based electives at all levels of English language proficiency
  • Use current, student-centered teaching methods and integrate technology appropriately to further learning
  • Participate in professional development training, mandatory meetings, and complete administrative tasks, as required
  • Evaluate and select text and instructional materials
  • Develop and manage the class syllabus that includes course objectives and learning outcomes, teaching methodology, and attendance policies in line with those of the School
  • Plan and create lectures, in-class discussions, and assignments
  • Deliver course content using a variety of teaching styles and provide interesting and engaging assignments that demonstrate the real-world applications of concepts covered
  • Grade assigned papers, quizzes, and exams and assess grades for students based on participation, performance in class, assignments, and exams
  • Use the University’s learning management system (Canvas) to post syllabus, assignments, and other materials and to communicate with students
  • Stay updated on innovations and changes within field of expertise
  • Teach online courses, as needed
  • Provide quality education and service to diverse student body to meet the objectives of programs of study and prepare students to effectively participate in the global community and workforce
  • Support relevant university initiatives




  • Master’s Degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics, or closely related field from an accredited university (minimum requirement for intensive)
  • Master’s Degree (in any field) from an accredited university + TESOL Certificate (minimum requirement for intensive); or
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university + TESOL Certificate (minimum requirement for non-intensive)


  • 3+ years teaching ESL to adult learners, in a college or university environment
  • Experience teaching online and developing courses (a plus!)
  • Experience with learning management systems (Canvas, Moodle, Blackboard, etc.)

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to work with a highly diverse staff, faculty, and student body
  • Ability to respond to the needs of learners from a variety of educational backgrounds in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills (successful candidates should have native or near-native level English proficiency)
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in teaching students using student-centered, communicative, and engaging activities
  • Ability to show confidence teaching and presenting to a class
  • Ability to manage classes of students with a range of language abilities
  • Ability to design and build online academic courses
  • Understanding of the mechanics of online learning and effective teaching styles

**IMPORTANT: Priority is given to candidates who can demonstrate an understanding of the program(s) that they are applying to, so please review the website BEFORE sending your materials:

     Intensive ESL Program

     Non-Intensive ESL Courses

Additional Information

Looking for flexibility and/or subbing opportunities? We encourage you to apply (please indicate your interest in subbing in your cover letter along with your typical availability).


  1) Cover Letter, answering at least the following questions:

  • What are your preferred content areas to teach and/or levels of instruction, if any?
  • What do you hope to get out of working at VIU?
  • When can you start and what are your hours of availability (see course/program hours above)?
  • In which program(s) would you be interested in teaching?

  2) Résumé/CV

  3) PDF/Scanned Copy of Unofficial Transcript(s)

  4) PDF/Scanned TESOL Certificate (if applicable)

  5) Optionally, submit the following (not required, but will be considered):

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Sample Student Evaluations
  • Sample Teaching Evaluations (i.e., observation evaluations, peer observation reports, etc.)


NOTE: Candidates selected for a phone screen or an interview will be contacted.  Please do not call to follow up on your application as we have a high volume of calls and will not be able to respond to every inquiry

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