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ESL Teachers Needed in Baghdad, Iraq

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ESL Teachers Needed in Baghdad, Iraq



Place of Employment: Baghdad, Iraq

Type of Employment: Full-Time/ Permanent


Starting Date: TBD

Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

In 2017, Canadian Leaders in International LEARNING (CLIC-LEARNING) established an English Language Academy that offers certified English for Academic Purposes (EAP), English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The curriculum was developed by our Canadian educational partner. Today CLIC-LEARNING delivers these programs to employees of the Government of Iraq, the banking sector, private sector companies, as well as individuals seeking to improve their language. Our clients include Iraq's Central Bank, the Ministry of Oil, Zain Telecomunnications, and others.

We seek teachers who are adventurous and interested to experience life in Iraq. While the images associated with the country may be those of conflict and war, Baghdad and most of the country are stable and secure. We keep a tight security protocol, but we are not afraid to travel across the city. Our Canadian staff have enjoyed their interactions with very motivated students and we are looking forward to growing our number in the coming months.

We will provide those interested with complete details about life in Iraq and the protocols we use to ensure that they remain comfortable. We welcome any inquiries about life and work in Iraq.


Job Overview

The majority of courses are offered to government and private companies interested in providing professional development opportunities to their staff. In addition, lessons are offered to private students and executives. Teaching schedules will vary depending on our client needs.

Teachers can expect to teach approximately  25 hours of contact time a week with ancillary preparation, marking and administration time.

Teachers will work as part of a collaborative team in order to implement the Canadian curriculum and contribute to continual program improvement.


Candidate Profile


• Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in English Language and Literature, Linguistics, or Education

• TESL Canada  or TESL Ontario Certification is required. Similar certifications will be considered.



  • Minimum of 1 year teaching experience

  • International teaching experience in an English & Academic Foundations Program, or in an Academic English Program preferred

  • Demonstrated experience adapting Canadian curricula, learning resources, and teaching methods to meet needs of local communities.

  • Preference will be given to applicants who are familiar with post-secondary institutions in Canada and to those who have lived or taught in the Middle East



  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural communication and relational skills;

  • Proactive and well-organized;

  • Flexible, able to adapt to changes in schedule;

  • Able to establish and maintain strong, positive, trusting relationships with individuals and groups (both within and outside CLIC-LEARNING; including students, management and instructor colleagues);

  • Able to use tact, diplomacy, empathy, and sound judgment when dealing with challenging or difficult situations.


Major Responsibilities:

In consultation with the Academic Manager, for each course assigned, Instructors’ will:

  • Adapt the modular curriculum provided to different class schedules while ensuring all learning requirements are completed

  • Assess students according to the performance standards; individual assessment tools can be modified taking into account the appropriate coverage of learning requirements

  • Ensure that all aspects of program delivery are aligned to Iraqi culture, appropriate for Iraqi students and learning environments, and consistent with CLIC-LEARNING values;

  • Design course-relevant lesson plans that actively engage students in the CLIC-LEARNING program;

  • Work closely with fellow English instructors to ensure a consistent teaching approach;

  • Prepare and distribute a Course Outline for students, providing them with knowledge on course schedules, learning outcomes, instructor expectations, and evaluation processes;

  • Carry out lessons and hold office hours, as per the assigned course schedule;

  • Establish and maintain a learning environment that is positive, supportive, engaging, and success-focused;

  • Assume full responsibility to maintain organized grades, progress reports, and attendance records for each student enrolled in his/her class;

  • Leverage educational technologies to meet the learning needs of students and to administer courses;

  • Maintain up-to-date skills in the field of study and an awareness of emerging trends and practices related to teaching, learning in higher education, and international education.


How to Apply:

If you have additional questions or to submit your application, please send your detailed information via email to and


Please provide a cover letter along with your CV, outlining precise examples of how your experience, qualifications, and skills match those required for this position.

CLIC welcomes diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates who are native speakers English or equivalent. If you are selected for an interview, please advise us if you require special accommodation.

We appreciate the interest of all candidates, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



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