The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils for International Education and other partner organizations to improve the ability of Americans to engage with other people through shared language, to develop a cadre of Americans with advanced linguistic skills and related cultural understand to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy, and to spark a lifetime of interest in foreign languages and cultures among American youth.
Virtual NSLI-Yis a new NSLI-Y program component launching in Fall 2019 to increase the reach and scope of the NSLI-Y program. Two different models for novice learners, the In-School Program and the Digital Classroom Program will be piloted during the 2019-20 academic year.
Based in any location, the Virtual NSLI-Y Teachers will conduct virtual language and cultural instruction for either 1) a class of students located at a selected host school (Virtual NSLI-Y: In-School Program, Fall 2019) and/or 2) a group of students across the U.S. in a “digital classroom” (Virtual NSLI-Y: Digital Classroom Program, Winter 2020) for two pilot 10-week programs.
The selected candidate will be hired to remotely teach beginner-level Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, or Russian for a short-term up to 50-hour appointment (including class and preparatory hours) to high school students in 1) October-December 2019 and/or 2) January – March 2020. All lessons will be conducted virtually via online videoconferencing platform. Teachers must have a quiet space to conduct class, computer, webcam, headset, and reliable internet connection.
The Virtual Language Teacher position is an exciting teaching opportunity for foreign language teachers who wish to expand their proficiency in/mastery of digital learning environments.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Participate in mandatory Virtual NSLI-Y Orientation Webinar and possible virtual teaching/facilitation training
Develop 10-week beginner level language & culture program for Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, or Russian language for students to reach Novice-Low language level (ACTFL) and develop increased long-term interest and engagement with foreign languages and cultures(using 5 Cs of ACTFL World Readiness Standards: Communities, Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, and Connections, Asia Society’s Four Domains of Global Competence, and possible resources/activities list provided by Virtual NSLI-Y staff)
Implement virtual lessons for classes of 10-20 high school students via videoconferencing (platform assigned by American Councils), 2-3 times/week for 60 minutes each meeting
Plan thoroughly for each class meeting, by preparing lesson plans for at least 50% synchronous/real-time content (versus asynchronous pre-recorded material)
Conduct classes in target language at least 80% of the time
Incorporate activities, scenarios, videos, presenters (target language speaker e.g. – resident of country where target language is spoken, NSLI-Y alumni, etc.) projects, and more as would be done in a “traditional” classroom in consultation with provided Virtual NSLI-Y resources/activities list
Assign short homework/practice at the end of each class meeting
Participate in mandatory monthly check-ins with Virtual NSLI-Y staff and incorporate feedback into practice
Develop and implement a plan for working with host school staff proctor to optimize student participation and learning
Conduct post-program assessment as designed by Virtual NSLI-Y staff
for a) Virtual NSLI-Y: In-School Program & b) Virtual NSLI-Y: Digital Classroom Program -
Teacher Application deadlines:
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
May or June 2019
a) early June 2019
b) October 2019
NSLI-Y staff check-ins:
a) August-December 2019
b) September 2019 –March 2020
Virtual NSLI-Y In-School Program: October – December 2019
Virtual NSLI-Y Digital Classroom Program: January – March 2020
a) February 2020
b) May 2020
Candidates will be considered without respect to race, color, religion, sexual orientation or gender. Competitive applicants will have the following skills/qualifications:
Teaching experience in Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, or Russian as a Foreign Language in a primary, secondary (K-12) school, or higher education environment;
Five years of classroom teaching experience at the time of application;
Demonstrated professional experience teaching in virtual/digital environments;
Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy;
Strong interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills;
Experiences with creating and managing online learning environments;
Professional proficiency in written and spoken English; and
Completed application package (please see Application Checklist below)
APPLICATION MATERIALS CHECKLIST:
In order to be considered for the 2019-2020 Virtual NSLI-Y Program, your application package must include:
Responses to all application short-answer questions on the application.
An e-signature to the Application Certification Statement;
Cover letter; and
A resume written in English that is no more than three pages long.