I'm working on my CV right now. I have been teaching EFL at a university for 2 years. It has been my first university position. I am planning on applying at universities back in the States soon. I am educationally-qualified (meaning, I have the degrees required), however I do not have much experience (6 years teaching, only 2 university). I wanted to list as much information as possible, so I have been writing about each course I have taught (about 6 different courses). I have included course name, objective, textbook, and course highlights (meaning unique projects that would set my courses apart). I am wondering if this is necessary or useful?

  • EFL = English as a Foreign Language? Is that the term being used instead of ESL now? Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 16:54
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    @HuckBennett EFL is used for people learning English in a non-English-speaking country. ESL is used for people learning English in an English-speaking country.
    – earthling
    Commented Jun 2, 2013 at 23:10
  • @HuckBennett ESL=English as a Second Language. The way I understand it is that EFL and ESL have been mixed usage. See this Wiki page
    – Nobody
    Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 2:58

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A brief description of the courses you've taught is never remiss, as it helps reviewers place your teaching work into context. This is especially important for teaching-primary positions. However, for many positions, you also have the ability (or requirement) to submit a "teaching statement." This would be a place, for instance, where you could discuss your unique projects.

What I would certainly want people to know about in the courses I taught:

  • Full course name
  • Whether they were required or elective
  • The intended audience (e.g., "freshmen" or "upper-year undergraduates and graduates in the major")
  • How long (how many times) you taught the course
  • Did you have sole responsibility, or was it co-taught
  • Format of the class (lecture, seminar, laboratory, etc.)
  • A brief description of the course, if its nature cannot be inferred from the title (for example, "Introduction to US History to 1865" doesn't need an explanation; "The Critical Period" would.)

Other information could be listed on a "courses taught" appendix, but I might not necessarily include it directly in the CV.

  • Do you think it would be better to list the courses and their descriptions right under the university position, or as an appendix? Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 22:36
  • Personally, I list them under a separate section of my CV. Basically, the more courses you have, the more important it is to separate it out (in the interests of clarity, organization, and readability.)
    – aeismail
    Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 22:50

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