Corporate - Npw - Hourly Paid Teacher

Date: 26 Mar 2024

Location: Sofia, European Union, BG

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Job Title: Hourly-Paid Corporate Courses Teacher
Location: Bulgaria
Requirements: Candidates must have the legal rights to work in country of location at the time of application.
Contract Type: Hourly Paid

Role Purpose: 
To promote and ensure quality and effective teaching and learning of English to corporate customers, as well as to support the wider aims of British Council and its cultural relations mission.
You will support the British Council’s global English strategy by: 
•    delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT 
•    teach a variety of courses – in-house and off-site
•    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
•    enhancing British Council’s reputation as a world authority in ELT
•    continuing professional development and sharing of best practices


Role Context:
Hourly paid Teacher of English, Corporate Courses, will focus their work on delivering classes to corporate customers (on-site and off-site), as well as developing and tailoring ESP courses for corporate project work, as needed. Though your primary responsibility lies with corporate work, you may be offered other types of classes.
To foster professional development and to ensure teaching meets British Council Teaching Excellence standards, post holders will receive support from their line manager and regular training sessions.
We work as a cluster of countries called Black Sea and Wider Europe (BSWE). We currently deliver English courses in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine. Corporate courses are an area of significant growth in BSWE and your role will help us maintain this growth. You may work in the country you are resident in, or online for any country within the cluster.
Our existing teaching team consists of over 150 teachers across the cluster, supported by local coordinators, senior teachers and a cluster wide corporate courses senior teacher. 
The type of teaching activities for Hourly paid Teacher of English, Corporate Courses, includes: 
1.    General English teaching, to groups or one-to-one
2.    Business English teaching, to groups or one-to-one
3.    Tailored courses (i.e EAP, ESP) designed to meet customer requests, to groups or one-to-one
4.    Exam preparation courses (IELTS or Cambridge exams), to groups or one-to-one
Classes may take place face-to-face, usually at the client’s premises or online. 
Teachers may also be expected to complete project work, customization of materials and to assist with creating new training materials, tailored to the needs of our clients.


Main Accountabilities:
•    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 (registers, lessons records, mid-course and end-of-course reports, feedback forms, evaluations)
•    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 
•    Assist in covering classes for colleagues
•    Ensure safeguarding and guidelines are applied and upheld in line with standards and policy for the following areas:
-    Child protection 
-    Equal Opportunity and Diversity
-    Health and safety


Role specific skills
•    Demonstrate subject knowledge (Core) 
•    Engage and motivate learners (Core)
•    Create a positive and inclusive learning environment (Core)
•    Plan and deliver coherent lessons (Core)
•    Make use of assessment and feedback (Core)
•    Manage teaching and learning resources (Core)
•    Uphold professional responsibilities and values (Core)


Role specific knowledge and experience 
Up to 2 years post-certificate, i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL, experience
Experience in teaching relevant age groups specific to the Corporate Courses sector in at least one of the following:
•    Adults General English (800-1600 hours)
•    Business English (200-400 hours)
•    Legal English courses (100-200 hours)
•    ESP courses (200-400 hours)
•    Experience in teaching one-to-ones and sponsored closed groups (100-200 hours)
Recognised diploma in EFL i.e. DELTA
MA in TESOL or Applied Linguistics
More than 2 years post-certificate, i.e. CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL, experience
Experience in teaching relevant age groups specific to the Corporate Courses sector in two or more of the following:
•    Adults General English (1600+ hours)
•    Business English (400+ hours)
•    Legal English courses (200+ hours)
•    ESP courses (400+ hours)
•    Experience in teaching one-to-ones and sponsored closed groups (200+ hours)
Experience in developing ESP course materials
IELTS and/or Cambridge exam preparation experience (200+ hours)


Language Requirements 
High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module


Cambridge CELTA/Trinity cert TESOL (global minimum standard) or equivalent 
Undergraduate degree or equivalent  


Closing date: Sunday, 30 June, 2024, applications will close at 23:59 EEST.


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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


The British Council is committed to policies and practices of equality, diversity and inclusion across everything we do. We support all staff to make sure their behaviour is consistent with this commitment.  We want to address under representation and encourage applicants from under-represented groups, in particular, but not exclusively, on grounds of ethnicity and disability.  All disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria are guaranteed an interview and we have Disability Confident Employer Status. We welcome discussions about specific requirements or adjustments to enable participation and engagement in our work and activities.


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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