Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) Instructor

Position: part-time, evening
Location: Aylmer Community Services, 20 Talbot Street East, Aylmer
Report to: Manager of Settlement Services
Start date: September 2024
Salary: $29.00 – $29.89

The LINC Instructor is responsible for the planning and provision of English language training to eligible newcomers in St. Thomas-Elgin. Using a student-centred approach, the instructor delivers lessons that focus on real-world tasks and prepare adult learners to successfully live, study and work in Canada and move forward on their citizenship journey. Learning activities cover the four competency areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) across a range of language abilities (pre-CLB to CLB 8). Instruction adheres to national standards and best practices for teaching and assessing adult English language learners including the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLBs) and Portfolio Based Language Assessment (PBLA).

Job Duties
Plan, organize and deliver learner-centred English as a Second Language lessons to newcomers in accordance with funder requirements and guidelines.
• Provide real world, task-based instruction based on the Canadian Language Benchmarks and Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) Practice Guidelines.
• Carry out needs assessment and goal setting activities with learners and develop appropriate lesson plans across the four skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing).
• Deliver assessment tasks for evaluation of learners’ progress.
• Regularly provide opportunities for learners to review and organize their language companions and provide support with inventories, as needed.
• Implement all other aspects of PBLA into the teaching/learning cycle including learning reflections, self-assessments, and skill-using tasks.
• Incorporate technology and online resources into the delivery of language instruction.
• Develop and maintain a welcoming, inclusive classroom environment that actively engages learners.
• Based on needs, provide guidance, lesson materials and support to classroom volunteers.

Case Management Support
• In support of learners’ settlement, maintain close communication with program staff about clients’ needs and goals and additional supports that may be required (i.e., access to community or government services).
• Provide input and feedback for the planning of field trips and guest speakers.
Perform administrative, recordkeeping and reporting duties.
• Maintain records of student attendance and language companions.
• Monitor and review learner portfolios and assign benchmarks based on evidence in accordance with class schedule.
• Prepare and issue conference summaries and progress reports as needed.
• Respect and maintain confidentiality of documentation.
• Complete the annual self-assessment using the PBLA Practice Review Framework and develop an action plan.
• Attend staff meetings and professional development sessions as required.
• Promote health and safety awareness with learners and ensure students follow emergency procedures for building alarms and emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications
• Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario Certification or enrolled in
a TESL Ontario recognized program
• Valid Driver’s License and access to a reliable vehicle
• Satisfactory Vulnerable Sector Screening

• Minimum one (1) year of classroom experience teaching adult LINC/ESL within the range of pre-CLB to CLB 8.

• Understanding and application of the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) in planning, teaching and assessment
• Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
• Strong presentation and facilitation skills
• Cross-cultural awareness and sensitivity
• Able to work in a team environment as well as a capacity to self-motivate and work independently with minimal supervision
• Able to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of information
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Power Point, Teams) and using the Internet

Preferred Qualifications
Education (degree/diploma/certifications)
• Valid TESL Ontario Certification (OCELT) (in good standing)
• Completion of CLB Bootcamp and Introduction to PBLA for New Classroom Instructors
• Completion of Avenue learning management system training

• 2+ years of experience teaching adult learners in a multi-level environment in the LINC/ESL field (pre-CLB to CLB 8)

• Knowledge of settlement issues and trends in St. Thomas-Elgin and local resources
• Flexibility and adaptability
• Strong administrative skills including recordkeeping
• Knowledge of and experience with classroom management
• Previous experience with e-learning in the LINC/ESL field and learning management systems such as Avenue
• Ability to communicate in language(s) other than English

Working Conditions
• Class runs Mondays and Wednesdays, 6-9pm with a program period from September-June
• Classroom environment (in-person)
• Routinely use office equipment including laptop, telephone, photocopier and interactive panel
• Physical requirements such as walking, sitting, standing; lifting or moving up to 50lbs may be required

The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin has been providing programs and services in the local community for over 100 years. We are committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of our employees, families and clients in the communities where we live and work. If you’re a passionate person who shares our values and is committed to delivering exceptional results, we want to meet you. We offer competitive compensation, a supportive team environment and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

How to apply
Applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume to Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. No telephone inquiries please.

We are grateful to all candidates for their interest in joining the YWCA; however, only those selected to move into the interview process will be contacted.

The YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to inclusive, barrier-free recruitment and selection processes. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. If you require accommodations, please notify us and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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