Teacher of English for Academic Purposes (Pre-sessional)

Cardiff, Wales
26,495 - 30,688
Dec 14, 2017
Jan 01, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types

Teachers of English for academic purposes (Pre-sessional)
Academic & Student Support Services
English Language Programmes Division

We are looking for qualified and experienced English as a Foreign Language teachers to teach on summer Pre-sessional courses (English for Academic Purposes).

Applicants should be qualified to degree level and hold a teaching qualification, preferably at Diploma level, and have experience in EAP/ESP teaching.

Experience of working on pre-sessional programmes is a distinct advantage. Applications from UK and overseas-based applicants welcome.
These are full-time, fixed-term positions (maximum 23 hours teaching per week)

25 June - 14 September 2018 (12 weeks)
02 July  - 07 September 2018 (10 weeks)
09 July  - 31 August 2018 (8 weeks)
16 July  - 07 September 2018 (8 weeks)

Remuneration: £887.81 per week (inclusive of payment in lieu of annual leave)

Early application is advised as interviews will be held on a rolling basis.

Date advert posted: Thursday, 14 December 2017

Closing date: Thursday, 25 January 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

Job Description:
  • To teach on the specified Pre-sessional course for a maximum of 23 hours per week following a timetable and guidelines provided by the Course Coordinator.
  • To actively engage with all pre-course preparation and induction activities, including required reading of all course literature and completion of standardisation tasks (3 x email communications).
  • To use the specified pre-sessional course scheme of work to prepare and teach appropriate material for lessons and to have accessible teaching projections for each day.
  • To select / create supplementary materials as appropriate, according to the needs of the students and in accordance with the syllabus, assessment fit, and course aims.
  • To maintain appropriate teaching and admin records for the specified programme: e.g. keep lesson-by-lesson register of class work and accurate daily attendance; and produce mid-course and end-course class reports of a required standard and to a set deadline.
  • To participate in the administration and marking of any coursework and tests, mark student assignments / homework as required and in accordance with the assessment schedule and deadlines, set criteria and marking schemes.
  • To provide and record, on appropriate paperwork and in a timely fashion, detailed formative feedback for both tutor and student reference.
  • To act as personal tutor as required to students on the above programmes: to oversee and advise on students' progress towards assessment criteria.
  • To work closely with other tutors in the team to ensure that students have the best possible learning environment and experience and to collaborate in sharing and pooling of their resources.
  • To participate in weekly briefings and the in-house staff development programme.
  • Maintain course email contact and respond promptly.
  • To undertake the equivalent of 3 hours per week of Social Programme support, teacher development sessions and taught cultural sessions. The hours may be distributed unevenly throughout the summer and will include up to 4 social evenings during the course and 2 Saturday trips. (A fundamental aspect of this role, dates and times are contractual and will be specified. Queries and problems must be referred to the English Language Programmes office). Revised guidelines will be sent out shortly.
  • To complete, on an on-going basis, a tutor feedback form and return prior to departure at the end of the course.
  • To support the Pre-sessional Course Co-ordinator in broader aspects of the teaching programme.
  • To carry out other duties and responsibilities, appropriate to the post, as required by the line manager (Head of Section or nominee).
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University's Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer. 
  • All staff in the Division will be expected to work flexibly as part of the team to achieve the Division's objectives and to perform other tasks which are not included above but which may be required from time to time to support the work of the Division, but which will be consistent with the role.


Additional Information:
Additional Information
  • Staff will be required to attend a course induction within the first week.
  • Training will also be held in timetabled sessions during the programme.    
  • Annual leave cannot be taken during the period of employment. Holiday pay of 17% is included in the salary quoted.   
  • Staff will be required to be on the premises a minimum of 15 minutes before the start of the first class of the morning / afternoon and leave no earlier than 15 minutes after the final lesson on Monday to Thursday, i.e. to be contactable in case of staff sickness, informed of class changes, participation in mentor sessions and or/meetings, and 4.30pm on your weekly allocated briefing afternoon. On Fridays, where there are teacher development or marking/standardisation sessions teachers will be required to remain on-site until 3pm, on all other Friday afternoons staff may leave at 1pm (unless allocated for Social Programme or taught cultural sessions).
  • The post holder may be required to teach at different locations around the University campus, and may need to take teaching materials to those locations.  Work aids and manual handling training will be provided, if necessary.

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria 


1.  Excellent organisational ability including proven ability to set student targets and personal targets, and meet deadlines. 

2.  Demonstrable communication skills with a proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 

Qualifications (IT/Academic/Vocational)

3.  Native speaker of English (or IELTS 9.0); qualified to degree level. Candidates should also have a DELTA or Trinity Diploma in TEFL/TESOL OR equivalent qualification, OR a CELTA or Trinity Cert. accompanied by EAP/ESP experience. 


4.  Significant, recent, classroom teaching experience (groups) in English as a foreign language. 

5.  Proven administrative, and IT competence and experience.  

6.  Recent EAP/ESP experience (for example, In-sessional and /or Pre-sessional experience) and experience of EFL materials development. 

Specific Qualities (e.g. attitudes)

7.  Staff must be able to work for the full period of the contract. Annual leave cannot be taken during the period of employment, holiday pay of 17% is included in the salary quoted. 

Desirable Criteria 

8. Masters degree in Applied Linguistics, TEFL or TESOL. 
9. Experience of the workload and academic standards required to study at a higher education level with an understanding of issues facing international students entering UK universities. 
10. Experience in the use of Microsoft Word, Access and PowerPoint. Understanding and experience of using VLEs.