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Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes

Referencepost number 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 10, 6 and 4-week Presessional English courses for summer 2020. The University of Birmingham is following the UK Government’s policy on Covid19 and staff are working from home. Applicants for the advertised posts need to have the space and equipment at home plus the skills to be able to deliver classes remotely using our LMS and video conferencing technology. Campus based teaching of the 10, 6 and 4-week programmes will be subject to Government advice.
Applicants need to be available for the full length of the course, including induction.

Course dates are:
10-week Online 16 June 2020 – 28 August
6-week Online 7 July 2020 – 21 August
10-week Campus based (*9), 10, 13 & 14 July 2020 – 18 September 2020
6-week Campus based (*6), 7, 10 & 11 August 2020 – 18 September 2020
4-week Campus based 7 & 10 August 2020 – 4 September 2020

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 remotely using Canvas and video conferencing technology 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.
• Due to the campus being closed, staff need to have the space and equipment at home plus the skills to be able to teach remotely using our LMS (e.g. Canvas) and video conferencing technology

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.
Subject to campus being open, fully subsidised en-suite accommodation will be available 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 10, 6 and 4-week courses ( post number 95588) click here:

Interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis. Those applicants invited to interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task.

For further information, please email

Closing Date04/07/2020
Interview Date
Start Date

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