Freelance Teacher

Date: 6 Dec 2023

Location: Bratislava, European Union, SK

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language. 
We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK. 
These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.



Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: Academic Year is September-June with summer school in July and August
Working hours: Most Young Learner classes are delivered on weekday afternoons and evenings, Adult classes are in the mornings and evenings.

Salary: hourly teaching rate from 21.00 Euros to 22.50 Euros depending on qualifications


Role Context and Purpose: The Slovakia teaching centre is centrally located in the old town. The centre employs some 12 teaching staff and has an excellent reputation in the local EFL community. Students are a mix of adults and young learners and classes are mostly either general English or examination focussed. Teachers are required to teach a variety of course types and age groups.


Freelance teachers are central to the teaching mix and are expected to work professionally to deliver high quality classes and support the centre. Freelance teachers are required to have a Slovak business licence and to invoice the British Council monthly for work done. Freelance teachers could be offered group classes, one to one/corporate classes or cover work. On average freelance teachers work 3-12 hours per week depending on customer demand, so this is not a full-time teaching position.


The centre can offer excellent development opportunities through our active and funded external training and INSETT programmes.


We are particularly interested in teachers who can teach young learners on weekday afternoons and evenings.


We have a mentoring programme for newly-qualified teachers and teachers with less than two years post-qualification experience.



- Plan, prepare and deliver a pre-agreed number of hours each term of high-quality English language teaching. This could include both adult and young learners. 

- Monitor progress and provide regular feedback to help manage students’ performance throughout the course, and actively promote learner autonomy.

- Contribute to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials and related services, in order to meet students’ needs, by actively working as a member of the teaching team.  

- Complete teaching related administrative tasks to specified standards.

- Ensure safeguarding and guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:

  1. Child protection and adult safeguarding
  2. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion
  3. Safety and Security


Teachers may be required to deliver one to one or corporate lessons online.



- Applicants must have the right to live and work in Slovakia. We are unable to secure work permits for non-EU nationals.

- All applicants need to apply for a police check. This needs to be completed prior to post.

- Applicants will be employed as outside contractors. Therefore, they must be established as self-employed živnosť (trade licence) in Slovakia prior to post.



Essential: Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL (Core)

Desirable: CELTYL or TYLEC; DELTA or Dip TEFL/TESOL (Higher); MA TESOL (or equivalent)



Essential: High proficiency in English i.e. CEFR level of C2/ IELTS Band 8+ in each of 4 sections of the academic module

Desirable: Proficient in online delivery using Zoom or similar platforms




-Observed teaching practice as part of the Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL


- 2 years’ post-certificate (Cambridge CELTA/Trinity Cert TESOL) experience 

Experience with one or more of the following:

1) Early Years teaching aged 5-6 (200+ hours)

2) Young Learners teaching aged 7 to 13 (200+ hours)

3) Young Learners teaching aged 14-17 (200+ hours)

4) Adults teaching (200+ hours)

5) Exam preparation classes (200+ hours)

6) Experience with teaching online



If you have any questions regarding this vacancy please contact us at:

Please note that we will contact and interview suitable candidates as they apply.  



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Equality Statement


The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 

The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.


We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.


Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.


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