ESL / EFL teacher
Work as freelancer
LEC ESL teachers use a range of course books and materials, plus a variety of audio-visual aids. A strong emphasis is placed on dialogue and role-playing, but more formal exercises, language games and literature are also used.
The content of lessons varies depending on the reason why the students are learning English, e.g. whether it’s for business use for adults, university work and so on. The aim of each lesson is to encourage the students to communicate with each other using the structures and vocabulary they’ve learned and to improve the four basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.
Typical tasks that may be carried out include:
– classroom management;
– planning, preparing and delivering lessons to a range of classes and age ranges;
– preparing and setting tests, examination papers and exercises;
– marking and providing appropriate feedback on oral and written work;
– devising, writing and producing new materials, including audio and visual resources;
– organising and getting involved in social and cultural activities such as competitions, school parties, dinners and excursions;
– attending and contributing to training sessions;
– participating in marketing events for the language school;
– preparing information for inspection visits and other quality assurance exercises;
– teaching on a one-to-one basis;
– basic administration, such as keeping student registers and attendance records.
Working hours vary considerably between 9am – 8pm, Monday – Friday and Saturdays, 9am – 12 noon and may include evening and weekend work. Teaching may be carried out after usual school hours to widen access. A considerable amount of time is also required to be spent on planning lessons, which may not be included in your normal working hours.
Short-term contracts are available and part-time and part-year work is possible.
What to expect
– All LEC teachers work on a self-employed contractual agreement of 12 months (January to December). Teaching English in the peak season in July and August. Summer courses usually provide excursions and social trips. Check contracts and school policies closely for details.
– Teachers are based in classrooms for the majority of the time but may be expected to take part in social activities, sometimes in the evenings and at weekends, especially on Summer courses.
– Self-employment and freelance work is common and many teachers can work on a contract for an alternative employer. Teachers may also be entitled to benefits, such as, working tax credits and housing benefit, however, check before you commit yourself.
– LEC teacher posts are hourly-paid contracts. Permanent posts are more difficult to find and therefore competition for these is high.
– Codes of dress and behaviour should be neat professional dress, but relaxed and show respect to all staff and students.
– Work is challenging and can be stressful due to factors such as under-resourcing and insecurity of contracts, as well as workload.
There are various qualifications that we accept and will expect you to hold one of them.
For entry level, the following are the most recognised:
– Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), awarded by Cambridge ESOL;
– Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL), awarded by Trinity College London.
– DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
We are especially looking for teachers with a strong desire to teach at the highest level possible. As a teacher run company, all teachers are expected to play a role in curriculum design and the running of the centre – if you have hit the glass ceiling at your current institute, you may want to join our team.
Please note all applicants must provide a basic disclosure certificate and are subject to a background check before undertaking employment at LEC.
Min. 2 years
(Pre-entry experience, for example as a language assistant in a summer school, home tutor, or voluntary work abroad, is helpful and necessary for LEC teaching roles.)
BA in any subject + Any accredited 100+ hour English teaching certif.
(LEC is open to all graduates, but the following subjects are particularly useful: – education; – English; – linguistics; – modern languages.)