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Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes

Referencepost numbers 95514/95588
InstitutionUniversity of Birmingham
Job TypeFixed Term, Full Time (Part time will be considered)
LocationEdgbaston, Birmingham

Job Details

We are looking to recruit suitably qualified and experienced Teaching Fellows on fixed term contracts for our 20, 15, 10, 6 and 4-week Presessional English courses for summer 2020.
Teaching posts are full-time, although we will consider part time and job share. Applicants need to be available for the full length of the course, plus induction. The dates are:
Course length Teacher induction dates Course dates
20 week (*23), 24, 27 & 28 April 2020 27 April 2020 – 18 Sept 2020
15 week (*28 ), 29 May, 1 & 2 June 2020 1 June 2020 – 18 Sept 2020
10 week (*9), 10, 13 & 14 July 2020 13 July 2020 – 18 Sept 2020
6 week (*6), 7, 10 & 11 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 – 18 Sept 2020
4 week 7 & 10 August 2020 10 Aug 2020 – 4 Sept 2020
* This day is only for new teachers to the BIA programmes.
Postholders will be responsible for teaching English for Academic Purposes to postgraduate, undergraduate or Foundation Presessional students as either Class Teachers or Language Support Teachers.
Main Duties
• Attend and participate in the 3-day (4-day for new staff) induction at the start of the course and participate in and assist with the timetabled activities during student induction week.
• Read and become fully conversant with the contents of the course handbooks of the chosen programme and other relevant induction materials.
• Complete basic obligatory training (Safeguarding, Prevent, GDPR and Diversity training).
Teaching & Teaching-Related Duties
Class Teachers
• Teach courses of up to 23 contact hours per week including tutorials to students preparing for undergraduate or postgraduate study over a range of courses through seminars and lectures and provide pastoral care and academic advice in a prompt and effective manner.
• Plan and prepare own teaching supplementing the established course materials where necessary, taking responsibility for the monitoring of students’ academic learning outcomes, tracking progress and benchmarking achievement against set targets
• Supervise student projects, particularly students’ take home essays and generally assist students to improve their academic communications skills, develop relevant study skills and habits and adapt to their new environments socially and academically.
• Conduct individual one-to-one tutorial sessions with each student in own group
• Promptly refer any students requiring additional support to the Language Support Team and/or the Programme Manager.
Language Support Teachers
• Provide 1:1/small group support to students identified as requiring extra help
• Offer workshops on areas of EAP skills for larger groups
• Be available for planned and unplanned cover for class teacher absences

Person Specification
• Class Teachers should have Cambridge DELTA/Trinity Dip. TESOL or MA in ELT and CELTA plus extensive ELT experience especially in the HE sector. Other combinations that comply with our British Council accreditation can be found here:
• Language Support Tutors (LSTs) provide additional classes to students who need extra support. For this post, we can accept applicants with a lower level teaching qualification (CELTA, Trinity Cert. etc.) or with less experience.
The EAP UG course is open to students under the age of 18, and teachers working on this course need to be aware of safeguarding and welfare practices that are associated with this group of students. A DBS check may be required upon appointment.

Job Salary & Benefits

Salary offered £30,942 to £40,322 pro rata, depending upon qualifications and experience.
Fully subsidised en-suite accommodation is available on campus from Sunday 12 July until Friday 18 September for staff not living within reasonable commuting distance. (deductions for tax may apply)

Further Information

Applications are to be made through the University of Birmingham vacancy page. To apply for the 20 and 15-week courses (post number 95514) click here: .
To apply just for the 10, 6 and 4-week courses ( post number 95588) click here:
If we are unable to offer a post for the 20/15-week courses, suitable candidates will still be considered for the 10, 6, and 4-week courses. There will be no need to make a further application.
Interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis and done face-to-face or by video link (e.g. Skype). Those applicants invited to interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task.

For further information, please email

Closing Date21/05/2020
Interview Date
Start Date

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