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.
Brian Borgi was an ESA for Advanced Speaking & Listening Comprehension. He graduated in 2013 with a dual major in History and English, and a minor in Global Studies. In 2017, Brian completed a licensing program in Secondary Social Studies at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Brian spent a year teaching English in South Korea, and is currently teaching IB English in the Philippines.
How has being an ESA impacted you? It convinced me to combine my two passions by making a career of teaching a culturally diverse group of students. After graduating, this led me to teach English in Korea, and ultimately earn a teaching license when I returned
What advice do you have for ESAs? Remember that you are not just an assistant teacher. At your best, you are an ambassador, a mentor, and most importantly, a friend. Also, remember that your student have a lot to teach you as well!
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
07:30 a.m. - 03:30 p.m.
(Closed for lunch)