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Summer Academic English Tutor – Oxford Online Pre-sessional Course

InstitutionOxford University Language Centre
Job TypeCasual
LocationOnline teaching through Zoom and Canvas

Job Details

The role of our Pre-sessional tutors and summer academic English tutors is to deliver language and academic literacy teaching through online and technology-enhanced learning for the Language Centre’s Summer Pre-sessional Course. Work in support of teaching will include contributing to curriculum development, feedback and assessment, quality assurance and professional development, to ensure that the Language Centre’s offering reflects the high standards of excellence of the University of Oxford.

Tutors are required for 7 weeks from Monday 1 July to Friday 16 August 2024 for 37.5 hours per week from Monday-Friday between 09.00 and 17.30. The first week is a tutor induction week, with teaching starting on Monday 8 July.

Classes are held online through Zoom and our Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas, and our Pre-sessional tutors teach up to 17 hours per week during the course. Tutors teach to small groups, using mainly prepared materials while making use of the VLE. Tutors have the stimulating responsibility of working with high level language learners from diverse cultural, linguistic and academic subject areas – learners who are predominantly offer-holders and future students of the University of Oxford. Tutors will work in a team spirit with other Pre-sessional tutors, administrative staff and the Head of Academic English.


1. Deliver academic literacy and English language teaching on the Pre-sessional through online classes, one-to-one tutorials etc as required by the programme format.
2. Develop knowledge of the Pre-sessional, its methodologies, purposes and assessment, in order to prepare classes for delivery.
3. Plan classes for the Pre-sessional, selecting appropriate content, teaching materials, methods, and assessment, and using appropriate learning technologies including use of the University’s VLE, sharing these materials with other tutors.
4. Set and mark classwork and learning tasks and provide feedback to the students in a timely fashion.
5. Take part in continuous and summative assessment, singly and with other tutors.
6. Examine student performance.
7. Participate in the registration and induction of students on the Pre-sessional, while liaising with students and other tutors, and follow class attendance monitoring procedures.
8. Participate in the Language Centre’s quality assurance and enhancement processes, adapting teaching delivery to student feedback as necessary.
9. Maintain good communication with students, advising on any queries and providing guidance as necessary.
10. Liaise with other tutors teaching on the Pre-sessional, reporting ultimately to the Head of Academic English.
11. Attend online staff meetings and professional development events and participate in other language group meetings as required.
12. Any other reasonable duties appropriate to the position and grade as required.

Essential selection criteria
1. Fluent command of written and spoken English
2. A first degree or equivalent qualification
3. Experience of teaching the relevant language(s) in higher education
4. Effective communication skills in English, both written and verbal
5. Excellent interpersonal skills, with experience of working with a range of students from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds
6. Experience of creating and developing appropriate course materials within the framework of the programme
7. Ability to convey complex information (such as on grammatical, syntactical and etymological structures) clearly
8. Ability to provide detailed explanations – to specialists and non-specialists – of how complex linguistic systems work
9. Ability to work effectively within a team
10. Ability to make collaborative and independent decisions
11. Cultural awareness enabling interaction and co-operation in a multicultural environment
12. Excellent organisational skills, including punctuality
13. Experience of prioritising own workload and working accurately to strict deadlines and quality standards
14. Confident and skilled user of IT (MS Office etc)
15. Proficient in and committed to using digitally based, VLE and multimedia materials in language teaching and learning
Desirable selection criteria

1. Relevant teaching qualification
2. A Master’s degree in a relevant applied field
3. Membership of relevant professional networks

Job Salary & Benefits

£19.59 per hour (plus holiday pay at 12.07%). Successful candidates will be given seven-week casual tutor appointments. Please note that payment will be made one month in arrears (with July’s hours paid in August, and August’s hours paid in September).

Further Information

To apply for the post, please submit a covering letter, detailing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the post, and your CV, to by 20 May 2024.

Successful applicants will be contacted so that an interview can be arranged.
If you have not heard back from us by 31 May, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

Closing Date20/05/2024
Interview Date
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