ESL Employment

Universal ESL Content Writer

  • Speakeasy Labs
  • 03/26/21
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 94107
  • 50000~100000 / Yearly
  • Full-Time

Please refer to our dedicated Notion page for properly formatted Job Description:
https://www.notion.so/usespeak/Universal-ESL-Content-Writer-3e6ec2eb358c4cadaa7c8b29ac353c4f

## About us

Our mission at Speak is to teach the next billion people how to speak English.

We believe that technology, automatic speech recognition and machine learning will transform how people learn English. We're building this future: software that can understand what a student is saying, give them immediate feedback, and guide them towards fluency, all on their phone.

It has always been difficult to approach fluency because doing so is expensive, arduous, often embarrassing, and requires human tutoring at hourly rates. We believe that by using AI and technology to replace much of the human involvement in the English learning process, we'll be able to help anyone that wants to learn this life-changing skill.

Speak is one of the fastest growing language learning apps in the world - our users are speak 100,000's of sentences per day.

Our teaching material is just as important as our tech.

Our technology is impressive, but our users are also obsessed with our in-app English lessons. We feature speaking-based video lessons where the users feel as if they are having a 1:1 conversation with the teacher. At the cross section of education and tech, we thoughtfully designed these interactive lessons to make learning English as fun and effective as possible.

Speak's highly engaging teaching material transcend the boundaries of traditional ESL education. At its core, Speak strives to find the perfect harmony where its technology and content work together for maximum educational potential. And we are looking for a Universal English Content writer who can take our content to the next level.

Find out more about Speak from our CEO interviews:

[Speak Founding Story: Part 1](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tspUk6omCxc)

[Speak Founding Story: Part 2](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNdXg4dfNuc)

## The Speak App

Although Speak is based in San Francisco, our first market was in South Korea. Therefore, most of the in-app lessons you find will be taught in Korean for now, but you can still check out the app's core features! (Note: We want you to write ESL lessons in English.)

[iOS App Store - Speak](https://apps.apple.com/us/app/speak-%EC%8A%A4%ED%94%BD/id1286609883)

[Google Play Store - Speak: English Conversations & Speaking](https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.selabs.speak)

The Speak app has received the following awards in Korea last year:

- Consumers' Choice Best Brand Award
- Play Store's #1 App in Self-improvement Category

## About this role

We are looking for a prolific writer to lead Speak's universal ESL content writing. This is a really unique opportunity to deliver your content to millions of users across the globe. Empathizing with the English learners in mind, you will guide them through gritty grammar, essential vocabulary, and practical sentence patterns to turn them speaking English like a pro.

Upon joining Speak, the Universal ESL Content Writer will closely study our mobile app and develop a writing & teaching style that aligns with the product features. Then, the writer will plan out a systematic curriculum that guides Speak users to speak like a native English speaker one spoken sentence at a time. Once the the first set of courses are meticulously designed, the writer will use his/her creativity and empathy to write video scripts that enter our content production pipeline.

The right candidate will be passionate about teaching English. With constant obsession to deliver English in the most intuitive way possible, the candidate will often have to tap his/her creative side or refer to source materials to simplify complex English concepts. In doing so, he/she will not be afraid to break the confines of standard ESL methodology.

You will be writing English teaching lessons in English. Our current content library consists of lessons that teach English in Korean. As we prepare international expansion, we need a new vast library of ESL content taught in English that can that can universally teach English learners no matter which country they are in. (Hence the job title, Universal ESL Writer.)

## What you'll do

- Design a systematic curriculum that can be universally effective for English learners of various first languages
- Develop engaging and relatable topics and sentences for learning English
- Have end-to-end ownership of the curriculum from planning to writing
- Shape a unique and consistent tone and style for Speak's in-app content
- Suggest high-impact new product feature ideas to the product team
- Continue to polish the teaching material based on user feedback

## What we're looking for

- You have strong opinions on how English should be taught
- You often come up with creative ideas on teaching an otherwise difficult concept
- You have developed first hand knowledge on how to best explain teaching English to students of varying levels and background
- You are a strong and prolific English writer who can write teaching material that translates well into video format
- You have the product sense to fully utilize Speaks features and empathize with our users
- You believe that your English teaching material/style is special and deserves to be reached to millions of ESL students
- You want to disrupt the ESL industry
- English teaching experience is a MUST. TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate is NOT.

## Qualifications

As you have realized at this point, this is a very special role that combines script writing, English teaching, and some product sense. Since it's a rare cross section, we do not want to specify too strict of qualifications.

The only minimum requirements are:

- English teaching experience
- (if you fall short here, you will need the ability to learn extremely fast and source excellent materials and derive from them)
- the ability to plan and write a vast number of scripts on schedule
- excellent and prolific writing skills

## Why write content at Speak?

1. Join a fantastic, tight-knit team at the right time: Our team has worked hard to find product market fit and iterate the product over the last 3 years at our first global market of South Korea. We are now in the exciting phase of bringing Speak to multiple new markets.
2. You will write content that will have direct impact for millions of people: Speak believes that becoming proficient English speaker is one of the most highest leverage skill to have. It is a skill set that opens many new doors - new job opportunities, making new friends, travel, food, and more! However, for economic reasons, most do not get a fair shot at obtaining this skill, especially speaking. Our vision at Speak is to make high quality English education more accessible, boosting the lives of many along the way.
3. Crossover between tech ESL: There are not many opportunities where you can leverage your English teaching skills to cross over with the tech industry. Speak will give you the unique opportunity to achieve this. We believe that content is part of our core product. You will also get to experience how a tech and operations heavy startup works at scale.
4. Disrupt the industry with us: Maybe you see flaws in the current inefficacy of the ESL teaching industry. Maybe you have had the desire to change it but never had the leverage to do so. At Speak, you will have the opportunity to be a main contributor in our vision to make high quality English learning experience widely accessible.

## How to apply

Start by emailing your resume a short intro to SJ, our VP of Operations. The rest of the process is explained below.

Send the email to [sj@usespeak.com](mailto:andrew@usespeak.com) with the subject line `[UC Writer Application] {Your Name}`.

## Benefits & Perks

- Health and Dental Insurance
- Monthly Exercise Stipend
- Monthly Education Stipend
- 401k
- Remote & asynchronous work possible

## Recruiting Process

1. [Application] Start by sending your resume and intro to [sj@usespeak.com](mailto:andrew@usespeak.com)
2. [Phone Screen] Qualifying candidates will have a with SJ to learn more about the role.
3. [Questionnaire] Candidates will complete a few lessons on the Speak App and receive a questionnaire to answer.
4. [Paid Assignment] Candidates will be asked to write a couple of sample lessons to Speak as well as design a short curriculum for skill assessment.
5. [Interviews] Final candidates will go through a series of interviews with our Head of Content, VP of Operations, and our CEO.

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