Volunteer ESL Teachers
All RALC classes are led by trained volunteer teachers who come from all walks of life, most of whom have had no prior teaching experience nor speak another language. The most important trait needed to become a volunteer teacher is a passion for helping others learn English.
Teacher training and optional observation opportunities are provided by the Center before teachers are placed with students or a class. Training provides teacher with the tools needed and covers many areas to help guide you to a rewarding experience of teaching adult English language learners.
ESL (English as a Second Language) classes are English immersion; teachers do not need to know a language other than English. Classes, which are highly interactive to develop listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, occur twice a week, with both daytime and evening opportunities available.
Volunteer ESL teachers teach a two-hour class once or twice a week, during the day or in the evening, depending on their preference. A substitute list is available for teachers who travel or have other occasional commitments that would conflict with their teaching time.
Teacher Training Options
We offer two options for new teacher training:
OPTION 1 – ATTEND A TEACHER TRAINING WORKSHOP
Teacher Training Workshops are scheduled twice a year (January and August) and provide an opportunity to complete all training in one day. The workshops are typically held on a Saturday at the RISD Professional Development Center.
The next workshop will be in August 2016. (Details to be posted in June 2016.)
OPTION 2 – SELF-PACED TEACHER TRAINING
This is an option for those who aren’t able to attend a teacher training workshop or would like to get started sooner. With this option, the new teacher:
- Reads a 50-page teacher manual
- Takes two free one-hour online courses
- Views online curriculum presentations
- Participates in a wrap-up session with a teacher trainer