Westminster Theological Seminary seeks an effective and experienced ESL instructor who is able to teach integrated skills classes (reading/writing, listening/speaking) to advanced-level English as a Second Language (ESL) graduate students in an innovative, fast-paced, intensive English program, Mastering Theological English (MTE).
The candidate must be an effective communicator with a superior understanding of English and an understanding of how adults learn language. As lead teacher in the MTE I program, the successful candidate will teach a reading/writing class and a listening/speaking class, provide leadership for the second listening/speaking teacher, and oversee Teaching Assistants. The candidate should also be able to teach advanced-level reading and speaking skills to MTE II students seeking entrance into Westminster’s ThM program, helping them acquire skills they will need to read advanced-level theological texts and participate in seminar-style discussions. Finally, the candidate will also teach as needed in the Advanced Theological Writing program.
Mastering Theological English (MTE) is a conditional admittance (CAP), intensive English program (IEP) that focuses on English for Theological Purposes. The program helps students to develop a breadth and depth of theological/academic English vocabulary and the superior mastery of English grammar needed in order to succeed in theological education. To prepare these future seminary students well, teachers have small classes and should elicit participation from students on a continual basis. Teachers come to know their students’ communicative issues, including their areas of strength and weakness in the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), and can help them set short term and long-term language learning goals. Lastly, teachers have the privilege of encouraging students to pursue their study of English for the glory of God and in the context of his calling on their lives.
Advanced Theological Writing (ATW) is a series of advanced theological writing courses required of admitted students whose TOEFL scores less than 111 iBT. Drawing on theories of second language acquisition and second language writing, the classes help students develop their writing ability through receiving intensive feedback on their written output, while being instructed in the genres of theological writing.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teach MTE I classes in reading, writing, listening, and speaking theological English at the Masters level (offered as summer intensive, May - July);
Teach MTE II classes in reading and speaking at the ThM level (offered during fall semester August - December);
Lead speaking and pronunciation workshops;
Create or adapt theological English materials as needed;
Supervise teaching assistants;
Assess and return student work with appropriate feedback in a timely manner;
Adjust curriculum, pacing, or methods to meet the needs of students;
Hold weekly office hours and lead scheduled workshops
Teach assigned sections of ATW (offered fall and spring semesters)
Coordinate closely with teaching staff in MTE I, II, and ATW;
Participate in grading sessions for program-level assessments such as the MTE I Progress Evaluation Exam and the Qualifying Exam, the MTE II Ramp-up Program exam, the MTE midterm exams, and the Qualifying Exams; the ATW placement and final exams.
Meet with students to discuss Progress Evaluation results (MTE I) or midterm results (MTE II);
Application Deadline: April 30
Required Degree & Experience
The ideal candidate will have at least two years’ experience teaching ESL, preferably in a higher education setting. The person should be able to coordinate with other teachers and staff while also working independently. A master’s degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a related field is required, and some experience with theological texts is preferred. The candidate should be proficient in Microsoft Word and familiar with online Learning Management Systems. This is a full-time position.
Master’s degree in TESOL, applied linguistics, or related field
Background in theology preferred
Minimum of two years’ experience teaching ESL to adults, preferably in a higher education setting
Demonstrated ability to teach advanced-level academic ESL skills to adults
Ability to monitor student progress and adjust approach based on observations
Advanced knowledge of English grammar and speaking
Advanced communication skills, especially with non-native speakers
Excellent ability to collaborate with other teachers and teaching staff
Takes initiative in problem solving
Outstanding attention to detail
Additional Salary Information: The base salary for this position will vary based on the candidate’s experience. Full-time employees enjoy immediate coverage in a health insurance plan that is 70% subsidized by the employer, as well as dental, life, and disability insurances. After one year of full-time employment, employer contributions begin to fully vested retirement accounts in the amount of 5% of base pay. Tuition benefits are also available to eligible employees and their families.
About Westminster Theological Seminary
Westminster Theological Seminary, a conservative Reformed theological seminary located on a picturesque campus just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1929, Westminster Theological Seminary exists to train specialists in the Bible to proclaim the whole counsel of God for Christ and his global church. We offer Masters and Doctoral level programs that equip people to serve as leaders in the Reformed tradition of the historic Christian church.
A fundamental mandate of the church, discipling the nations for the glory of Christ, motivates Westminster to train culturally sensitive, theologically competent ministers who have both the ability and the passion to apply “the eternal word” of Scripture to “the changing world” in which God has placed us.