Did you find a job at the TESOL Marketplace?

Dear Teachers,

Were you successful at landing a job at the TESOL Marketplace?  If so, we’d love to hear your comments!  If you didn’t secure full-time work, how about applying for freelance work for the Educational Testing Service (ETS)?  I’m an online rater for ETS and score the spoken Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC), as well as the written California Assessment of High School Exit Exams (CAHSEE).

While at the convention, I spoke to ETS regarding my desire to score the written TOEFL, something I haven’t done before.  Plus, I love the high level of professionalism of the job on a daily basis: interrater reliability calibrations, reviewing benchmarks, utilizing a rubric, and instant feedback from a scoring leader.  Moreover, I like the flexibility of telecommuting/working online.  ETS allows you to pick your work schedule: a.m., p.m., week days, weekends, etc.

ETS handed me a flyer with a list of freelance work opportunities and internships!  Their summer interns develop test materials for the TOEFL, TOEIC, and K-12 assessments.  I looked at their internships online; they have some in Princeton and Ewing, NJ, and San Antonio, TX.  You can send questions to the ELL Summer Institute Coordinator, Jeanne Malloy.  I noticed that there are other internships  throughout the year.

Freelance work includes writing for the TOEIC listening test as well as rating TOEFL and TOEIC tests from your home computer. Send your resume to Carol Gitzendanner.  Additionally, they’re looking for photographers at the professional and amateur level; send your email to pfreeland@ets.org or ncates@ets.org.  On their career page, you can also find full-time work.  Best wishes in finding your new job!

About Sandra Rogers

Sandra Rogers
Mrs. Rogers has a master's in TESOL, as well as the TESOL certificate in the Principles and Practices of Online Teaching. Currently, she's enrolled in a doctorate program for instructional design. She has a K-12 bilingual (Spanish) teaching certificate from California. Her areas of expertise are in bilingual education, culture, language acquisition and development (BCLAD), reading, quality assurance, and technology. She's active in the CALL-IS of TESOL and volunteers to provide free professional development for the Electronic Village Online (EVO). Mrs. Rogers spends her days scoring the TOEFL and TOEIC online for ETS. Additionally, Sandra founded a nonprofit charity to help job seekers find employment utilizing social media as a career tool. Find her on twitter @teacherrogers to learn about tips on integrating technology into the classroom.
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5 Responses to Did you find a job at the TESOL Marketplace?

  1. Dear Samantha,

    A Masters in TESOL will earn your more education and more respect because you’ll learn the latest methodology in second language acquisition, testing, and research-based best practices. In addition, with a Masters in TESOL you can apply for fellowships and/or teacher exchange programs. Besides, you can negotiate a better salary for your master level knowledge. Otherwise, with only a certificate, you may make wages akin to a skilled worker instead of an educator.

    Best Wishes!

  2. Samantha says:

    I am contemplating of taking a Diploma in TESOL from the London Teachers Training College to earn some part time income to supplement my current job. I intend to do this for a few years until my retirement in about 5 – 7 years from now thereafter I wish to teach in another country. As a TESOL diploma holder, do I need to have an under and post graduate degree before I can teach in other countries. Any advise is much appreciated.

  3. Brock Brady Brock Brady says:

    Every “real” job I ever got I got through the TESOL Marketplace.

    • Brock,

      It’s true! The most amazing jobs I ever had was through the TESOL Marketplace when I was selected to be an English Teaching Fellow to Mozambique. There were so many intriguing jobs at this year’s Marketplace. I hope attendees share their new jobs with us.

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