ASPA Online Facilitator- PDCEAL/CERTESL Instructor

Posted: May 13, 2019
Closes: June 15, 2019


University of Saskatchewan

444-221 Cumberland Ave N., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan


Shannon M Storey

[email protected]



Nature of Work: Reporting to the Department Head, Curriculum Studies, this position is responsible for instructing and facilitating an online distance education class in the field of Teaching English as a Second/Additional language. The online facilitator will use web-based course tools to communicate with students, facilitate discussions and accept and grade assignments and therefore must have above average technical, administrative and pedagogical competencies. The online instructor can exercise discretion regarding office hours, ensuring active participation and timely communication with students and administrators. The online instructor must be committed to online teaching and professional learning. The instructor must communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, and foster student involvement through vibrant and engaging activities and discussions to facilitate positive student outcomes.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

• Ensure that online class materials follow appropriate copyright reporting guidelines and policies.

• Ensure that the online class materials are up-to-date and available for student access prior to the start

of term in accordance with Distant Education Unit practices.

• Maintain regular office hours for student inquiries regarding online course material, assignments and


• Actively monitor and facilitate online group discussions and other learning activities.

• Communicate regularly and effectively with students to ensure progress towards learning goals and

overall course performance.

• Report any concerns regarding student progress to the Academic Program Coordinator and/or

Department Head.

• Grade all assignments within one to two weeks of submission and return to students with informative


• Grade (and invigilate if required) final examination, projects, or essays, and report final marks.

• Provide feedback regarding possible minor revisions or edits to online content.


Education: Minimum of either a Master’s degree in Education or SPTRB Class V standing with a specialization

in EAL/language education; or a Master’s degree in TESL or a related field of study with a thesis or project of

specific relevance to TESL/TEAL; or the equivalent of the PDCEAL or CERTESL. In-depth knowledge of either

the Common Framework of Reference for Languages or the Canadian Language Benchmarks is an asset.

Experience: Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience working with EAL learners in PreK-12 schools or a minimum

of 2400 to 4000 hours of experience working with adult ESL learners in Canada. Specific course offerings may

require specific learner environment experience; experience in both adult and PreK-12 settings is an asset. For

CERTESL, preference will be given to instructor applicants who are eligible for TESL Ontario accreditation.

Experience teaching in an online setting is considered an asset.

Skills: In addition to comprehensive knowledge in the field of teaching the English language, the candidate must

be comfortable with computer applications and learning technologies, including web-based course tool

(Blackboard Course Tools), word processing, email, internet, and other peripheral accessories and software

programs; must have effective leadership, communication and teaching skills; must be able to effectively interact,

motivate and build relationships with a diverse student population; and have demonstrated ability to deal with

multiple priorities and effectively organize time in a self-directed manner.

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