Special English Programs
University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
2500 Dole St., Krauss 101
Honolulu, HI, USA 96822
Phone: (808) 956-3650
FAX: (808) 956-3752
Contact Person: Jan Bigalke, Special Programs Coordinator
Program Description
Program Information
Position Information
Recruitment Information

Program Description

Special English Programs (S.E.P.) provides English language and American culture programs for groups of students from foreign educational institutions or companies. Each S.E.P. is uniquely designed to suit the needs, schedules, requirements and interests of the sponsoring organization.

The focus of the typical S.E.P. is on improving spoken English skills and on giving students an orientation to American/Hawaiian culture. Students have many opportunities to practice and use functional English in and out of the classroom, with teachers, University of Hawaii students, and with members of the University and Honolulu community.


Program Information

Length of Term: Programs can range in length from a few days to several weeks, according to the group's schedule.

Calendar: Year-round start dates.

Average Class Size: Average 13; maximum 15

Program Size: Average of 500 students per calendar year.


Position Information

Categories of Positions: Program Coordinators, Support staff, instructors, student assistants

Status of Positions: Program Coordinators-faculty specialists; instructors-all casual hire, hired on as-needed basis.

Required Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in ESL or related field; experience teaching spoken ESL in a classroom setting; proficiency in spoken and written English commensurate with his or her role as a language model; a well rounded, extensive knowledge of, and experience with various aspects of American and Hawaiian culture and society; evidence of personal qualities which contribute to success as a classroom teacher; understanding of and respect for a diversity of students and cultural backgrounds; ability to work well with others.

Preferred Qualifications: MA in ESL/related, or graduate work in ESL including curriculum development, second language acquisition, teaching methodology, lesson planning, etc.; successful, recent experience teaching conversational English in a classroom setting; familiarity with current ESL materials; evidence of recent professional development and involvement in the field of ESL; overseas/cross-cultural experience; some experience learning a second/foreign language.

Usual Contract Period: Contracted for length of program.

Salary/Wage Range: $29.50 per hour.

Benefits: Access to University of Hawai‘i facilities; pleasant working environment; opportunities for creativity, program and curriculum development.

Teaching Load: 15-25 hours per week.

Types of Courses: Conversational English & American/Hawaiian culture; English for specific purposes.


Recruitment Information

Application Process: Send cover letter expressing interest in teaching position along with current resume and availability to Coordinator.  Emailed documents acceptable.

What to Include in Application Packet: Cover Letter, Current Resume.

When to Apply: Applications accepted year-round.

Other: To be employed by the Special English Program, instructors will need to have a TB Clearance Certificate, documents that establish both identity and employment eligibility, and are required to participate in the PTS Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan if they are not eligible to participate in the State Employees' Retirement System.

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