NOTE: In addition to the minimum qualifications, the ideal candidate will also have:
· MA in Teaching English or other languages as a Second/Foreign language, or MA in Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, or similar with a focus on teaching languages.
· Documented training or experience as Trainer of Trainers or Trainer of Language Teachers.
· At least five years’ experience teaching English or a foreign language to speakers of other languages in a variety of contexts, at a variety of levels, at least two years of which are overseas.
· Experience evaluating language learning programs and making data-informed program recommendations.
· Experience designing, editing or reviewing language teaching materials.
· Experience and comfort working and communicating interculturally in low-resource international development contexts.
· Experience managing language teaching or language teacher development projects or programs.
· Experience designing and facilitating online professional development for language instructors.
· Experience developing curriculum for language teaching and language teacher training programs.
· Experience managing online social networks.
· Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially for document design and collaborative editing, data collection and analysis, and presentations.
This position is located in the Office of Overseas Programming and Training Support (OPATS), Language Division. The purpose of OPATS is to support programming, training and evaluation staff at overseas posts to best position Volunteers for successful service. OPATS supports the Peace Corps’ three regional offices (Regions) Africa (AF); Europe, Mediterranean and Asia (EMA); and Inter-America and the Pacific (IAP) to set standards and respond to programming, training and evaluation needs.
The Language Training Specialist performs the following major duties:
- Evaluates Peace Corps language training programs, strategies, techniques, and methodologies, and identifies aspects of training models that are successful.
- Writes formal and informal guidance on language program planning and implementation.
- Designs standardized templates for language training materials such as textbooks, practice books, teacher guides, etc. and advises post on adapting them.
- Collaborates with Region and post staff to plan, design and facilitate training workshops on language materials development.
- Evaluates professional development needs of language teaching program staff globally, regionally, and locally and reports findings to posts, Regions and headquarters.
- Develops and implements or facilitates online training and development opportunities for language staff.
- Conducts research on program design and implementation, analyzes data and reports finding to stakeholders.
25% or less – This position requires up to 25% of travel.