ESL Tutor

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Northeastern University Published: August 12, 2015


The International Tutoring Center (ITC) in the Global Student Success office at Northeastern University serves international students with their English language proficiency through individual, 50-minute tutorials. These tutorials address such areas as writing, speaking, listening, and reading skills. A qualified ESL tutor can address all of these areas generally but may specialize in one or more.

Job Responsibilities

1. Help students improve their written communication by:

  • Familiarizing them with American writing conventions
  • Providing feedback on global concerns rather than simply proofreading
  • Sharing resources and writing strategies
  • Reviewing grammatical and usage rules as needed


2. Provide conversation practice and identify students in need of specialized oral language instruction, including pronunciation, intonation, word and sentence stress, and fluency

3. Help students improve their reading proficiency by sharing reading and vocabulary-building resources and strategies

4. Prepare students for standardized tests, including the Test of English as a Foreign Language

5. Prepare for tutorials by selecting materials and approaches suitable for students’ needs

6. Lead tutorials that are student-centered, supportive, and consistent with ITC policies

7. Keep thorough and organized reports of tutorials

8. Contribute to ITC tutor guidebook and online materials

9. Communicate reliably with ITC staff via email

10. Attend monthly staff meetings


  1. At least two years experience teaching or tutoring English at the post-secondary level
  2. Experience working with second language learners and sensitivity to their distinct needs
  3. Bachelor’s degree or higher in a related field
  4. Strong written and oral English language skills

Materials needed to Apply

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