Teacher (Slovakia)

Date: 04-Nov-2022

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.



Contract type: Standard local teaching contract, definite, 21 contact hours

Duration: Two years

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Starting salary: as per the local Teacher salary scale (based on qualifications)

Starting date: January 2023 (negotiable)


Role Purpose: To promote and ensure quality teaching and effective learning of English. To support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission.


Context and environment: The British Council in Slovakia is focused on English and primarily on Teaching and Examinations services. The teaching centre operates out of city centre premises and through schools. There is currently a Senior Teacher, 3 full-time teachers under contract and 8-10 freelance teachers. The operation is approximately 5,000 class hours and 1,000 students. Currently our largest market is Secondary, followed by Adults and then Primary and Early Years. The number of young learners is growing steadily and the strategy is for long-term growth of YL numbers. Contract teachers may also need to act as the senior responsible person in the teaching centre on occasions, although emergency contract procedures are in place to deal with serious situations.


Main Accountabilities:

Support British Council’s global English strategy by:

  • delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT;
  • enhancing the British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT;
  • continuing professional development and sharing of best practices;
  • ensuring teaching meets learner needs and expectations;
  • ensuring teaching meets British Council Global Teaching standards and organisational expectations;
  • ensuring Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is taken into account when planning and delivering lessons and engaging with customers and colleagues;
  • supporting the teaching centre’s activities and British Council plans.

Main responsibilities:

  • Ensuring teaching meets learner needs and expectations.
  • Ensuring teaching meets Teaching Quality standards and organisational expectations.
  • Maintaining good relationships with customers and colleagues.
  • Supporting the teaching centre’s activities and British Council plans.

Main duties:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver high quality English language teaching that meets the needs of different customer groups taking into account individual learning styles.
  • 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.
  • Actively engage in professional development and performance management to ensure quality and high standards in teaching and learning, and maintain British Council’s position at the forefront of best ELT practices.
  • Contribute to the development of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships by enhancing students’ understanding of contemporary UK.
  • Support local marketing and promotional strategy, and assist the teaching centre team in delivering excellent customer service.
  • Ensure safeguarding and guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:
  • Safeguarding
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Health and safety


Other important features or requirements of the job: Some teaching may require travel to off-site locations. Assistance with placement testing will be required during registration periods. Teachers will be expected to support and assist the Senior Teacher with academic projects. The teaching timetable may include split shifts. Cover shifts may be required. Attendance at INSETTs and staff meetings. Teachers are expected to teach both adults and young learners.



Minimum/Essential: Full Mastery of English across 4 skills, equivalent to CEFR C2 (IELTS Academic Paper Band 8/9 in each of the 4 sections); University degree in a relevant subject or discipline; DELTA (Modules 1,2 & 3) or currently studying towards; 2 years post-certificate i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL experience; Experience in teaching relevant age groups: Primary aged 6 to 10 (400+ hours), Lower Secondary aged 11 to 14 (800+ hours), Upper Secondary aged 15 to 17 (400+ hours), University/Vocational students aged 18 to 25 (400+hours), Adults General English 18+ (800+ hours); Teaching Skills: Demonstrate Subject Knowledge (Higher Level), Engage and Motivate Learners (Higher Level), Create a Positive and Inclusive Learning Environment (Higher Level), Plan and Deliver Coherent Lessons (Higher Level), Make Use of Assessment and Feedback (Higher Level), Manage Teaching and Learning Resources (Higher Level), Uphold Professional Responsibilities and Values (Higher Level)

Desirable: Experience in teaching relevant age groups: Early Years aged 5 to 6 (400+hours);


Additional Information:  Pre-existing right to live and work in Slovakia is a must.


Closing Date: Wednesday 07 December 2022 23:59 CET



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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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