Students have the opportunity to assist in ELI classes by joining our team as English Speaking Assistants (ESAs) in the 4 credit hour ELI/LING 491 Practicum in College Teaching course. Assistants are given the opportunity to work closely with English language learners (ELLs) in the classroom, mostly through small group work, as well as converse and reflect with ELI instructors about teaching ESOL. ELI students benefit by having the opportunity to speak with native and non-native speakers, gather cultural information, and work on speaking and listening skills.
Participating in this course is a wonderful chance for all involved. If you are considering going into the teaching profession, being an assistant for an ELI course is a wonderful introduction to the joys of working with language learners. It is undoubtedly a great service to the students in the class as they work towards acclimating to the academic environment at Binghamton University.
Ryan Hogan was an ESA for ELI 215 Speaking for Bilinguals. He graduated in 2016 with a triple major in Neuroscience, French, and Linguistics. After graduation, Ryan took a 7-month teaching contract in Nice, France where he was working in a public high school, through the TAPIF program, teaching seniors. Most of his lessons centered on speaking and conversation, "Exactly what I had worked on as an ESA at Binghamton." Living in France was an amazing experience that included: teaching English, practicing and improving my French, traveling in Europe and meeting people from around the world.
Currently Ryan is teaching in the EPIK Program in Shequel, South Korea
How has being an ESA impacted you? Being an ESA was my first experience with ESL/EFL teaching. It was a great introduction and my semester as an ESA motivated me to continue to seek out opportunities both at Binghamton and abroad.
What advice do you have for ESAs? Don't be afraid if you don't consider yourself to be "a teacher." We all teach for different reasons, with different strengths and weaknesses. Although I do not plan to pursue teaching as my professional career, teaching ESL at both Binghamton and abroad has helped me grow in numerous aspects that I can apply to any job or experience in the future. Teaching forces you to be prepared, but also think on your feet. Teaching requires you to command the attention of the room and express your ideas clearly. Teaching allows you to form relationships with your students and understand different perspectives, cultures, etc. Teaching is incredibly rewarding, but equally frustrating and work-intensive. As with much else in life, you get out what you put in.
To apply to join our team as an ESA, please click HERE.
ELI Office Information
Old Champlain 310
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Telephone: (607) 777-2320
ELI Office Hours
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch)