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.
To apply to join our team as an ESA, please click HERE.
Class of 2016
Ryan Hogan was an ESA for ELI 215 Speaking Skills for Bilinguals. Ryan was also an ELI Tutor. He graduated from Binghamton University in 2016.
Ryan is currently teaching English for an academic year in a French high school through the TAPIF program. He hopes to spend 2-3 teaching English abroad before coming back to the states to attend graduate school for a degree in biology or biomedical sciences.
What's one piece of advice you have for current and future ESAs?
Always make an effort to be friendly and welcoming with the students. Show them that you're glad they came to you and they'll be more likely to come back! Similarly, a little bit of encouragement can go a long way, especially with students that are more reserved.
ELI Office Information
Old Champlain 310
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Telephone: (607) 777-2320
ELI Office Hours
07:30 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
(Closed for lunch)