Are you a ridiculously good teacher? Tell us about yourself!
Fluent City offers classes for adults in 10 languages in NYC, Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Miami. We only offer certain languages in some cities, but are always looking for French and Spanish teachers.
Because we hire teachers for various languages on a rolling basis, please follow the steps below so that we have your information on file for a later time if you teach any of the 10 languages we offer even if we don't offer it in the city where you live yet, keeping in mind we're always looking for French and Spanish teachers in all locations.
We do not offer (and do not plan to offer) ESL classes in any location.
All positions are part time - usually anywhere between 4 and 10 hours per week - and typically on weeknights (6:00-9:00pm or so) and Saturday afternoons. The pay is $25/hour.
Please do NOT send resumes/CVs. Again, we repeat: please do NOT send resumes or CVs. We are much more interested in a short narrative involving who you are, any teaching experience, and why you think you'd make a great teacher at Fluent City. Ideally, you will submit a short 2-minute video presenting yourself in this way, but 2-3 written paragraphs via email will also work if that isn't possible. If you choose to make a short video, please don't worry about production quality and/or perfectly scripted content. This can be a video made in a few minutes on your phone as if we were doing an quick and informal video chat introduction. You can also choose to show off your teaching skills in the video via a mini "lesson", but that is optional.
Whether you submit a video or write 2-3 paragraphs in an email, please focus on your specific strengths and weaknesses as a teacher in a classroom setting or what you think they would be if you don't have much formal experience. Being good at speaking and/or passionate about a language doesn't make a good teacher; being excellent at transferring that information to others is what it’s all about. To that end, please don't focus on your accomplishments as a student of the language or experiences learning the language yourself and/or why you love the language so much.
If you don't have teaching experience, that's okay. Incredible teaching instincts are more important to us than experience. That does not mean, however, that you shouldn't be able to explain the structures of the language in a clear and cohesive way. You should know and be very comfortable with major fundamental concepts of foreign language pedagogy like pronunciation breakdowns, verb groups and conjugation, subject and object pronouns, and adverb placement...just to name a few.
Spending some time on this website before you contact us is a very good idea. You should especially watch both the promotional Fluent City video and the piece that Brooklyn Independent Television did about us here.
To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, which forwards to Deborah, Fluent City Academic Director. You can and should address her directly. Lines like "Dear Hiring Manager" or "To Whom It May Concern" and stuffy language are not appealing to us in the slightest! Please include the language(s) that you teach and the city for which you are applying in the subject line and write in the body of the email as opposed to sending attachments. If you are submitting a short video introduction, please send a link to an online video hosting service like YouTube or Vimeo as opposed to attaching the video file to the email. IMPORTANT: Please do NOT use "Fluent City" in the title of the video nor the description on YouTube/Vimeo. It will then be searchable and prospective students will think you work for us when you are simply only applying.
One-line emails, bad grammar or capitalization, or ones that prove that you didn't read this page thoroughly will be deleted immediately! We hire teachers on a rolling basis at various intervals of the year, so please do not be surprised if you do not hear from us immediately and then get an email reply a few months later to set up an informal interview.
ABOUT FLUENT CITY: Fluent City is growing extremely quickly. We offer fun and affordable group foreign language classes to adults on weeknights and weekends. Our major selling point, besides our low prices, is that we teach beginner classes in English and the professors are energetic non-native speakers who can teach you the language the way that they learned it. Our professors for higher-level classes are usually, indeed, native speakers. Either way, our non-intimidating and fun learning environment are what make us stand out from our competitors.
Fluent City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring with regard to race, color, religion, gender, ethnicity or national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, or predisposing genetic characteristics. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.