Summer 2020 Employment Opportunities in England, France, Spain, and the United States.
We are interested in teachers in a wide variety of subjects as listed on our Courses page. For more details about each course, see the individual course descriptions. Many courses are offered in more than one place and please be aware that many English language courses are offered in France and Spain as well as language courses offered in French or Spanish. All courses offered on programs in England and United States are taught in English. Please indicate which course or courses you're applying to teach in your cover letter.
Qualifications and Experience.
We are looking for graduate students (who either have obtained or are working towards an appropriate postgraduate qualification, such as an MSc, MPhil or PhD) or career academics in a variety of disciplines, as well as professionals in the creative and performing arts.
To Teach in England
We principally hire teachers who are based in Oxford and Cambridge. However, applications are welcome from candidates resident throughout the UK or indeed Europe.
To Teach in France and Spain
We principally hire teachers who are based in Paris, Montpellier, Barcelona, and Salamanca for our programs in those locations. However, outstanding candidates based elsewhere will be considered for any course. Applicants to teach language and immersion courses must be native speakers. All applicants must be conversationally fluent in French or Spanish.
To Teach in the United States
We hire teachers who are based in the greater New York, Los Angeles, and Boston areas and, ideally, have knowledge of living in the city or are local residents. Teachers from elsewhere may be considered under special circumstances.
Each faculty member teaches Major and Minor classes in a given subject. Major classes run from 9:00am until lunchtime each day, including Saturdays. Minor classes run for two hours three afternoons a week. These are separate classes: the Major is a relatively in-depth study of the subject while the Minor is a series of highlights that act as a 'taster'. This sounds like a considerable amount of class time, but bear in mind that the emphasis is on having fun and engaging the students - so classes include short breaks, activities and debates, time for independent study, short walking tours and local trips to sites of curricular interest. In short, the local environment is used as an educational tool to inspire, enthuse and excite the students, along with lots of imaginative project work and discussion. It's not about cramming students' heads, but indulging their enjoyment of learning. Typically, a class is no more than 15 students so the atmosphere is more like that of a seminar than a lecture. While most teachers lead both a Major section and a Minor section of a course, occasionally courses only run with a Major section or a Minor section and not both.
We generally ask teachers to design their own course, teaching to their own enthusiasms and areas of expertise, with the aim of inspiring and enthusing students for the subject. We want to inject enjoyment and passion into every subject we offer, and that means giving our teaching faculty a certain amount of freedom to design and teach a course that they can enjoy presenting to students. We can make previous teachers' syllabi available to appointed teachers and we do ask faculty to make their course relevant to their subject's short course description, which is published on this website and in our brochure. These course descriptions do shape students' expectations. Each course should culminate in a concluding project of some kind, i.e. Drama courses stage a Shakespeare play; Architecture, Studio Art or Photojournalism work towards an exhibition; Film classes premiere their films; and other classes produce presentations, portfolios and group projects as these can be memorably imaginative and inventive, something different.
Faculty are involved in a small number of minor (but vital) roles over the month that include helping to collect students from their airport of arrival, accompanying Major classes on field trips, engaging with students outside of class, and taking students to their airport of departure on the final day. Faculty attend one Faculty Meeting a week, during which academic, disciplinary and logistical matters are discussed. Other responsibilities include supervision of 'Study Hall' (detention) after dinner one night. These duties are all part of the faculty's experience of the students, which helps develop the staff camaraderie that encourages many faculty to return year after year.
We have limited rooms for faculty who can live-in residentially. These rooms are adjacent to students or on the same staircases. This accommodation does not affect salary but is provided on the understanding that residential faculty will be present in a supervisory capacity if necessary. Please indicate in your cover letter if you are available for, interested in, or in need of such accommodation.
There are minor differences in lesson duration between some of our programs. Details can be found elsewhere on our website in each program's Student Life section. Specific program dates are available on our homepage, but please bear in mind that teachers are involved in a certain amount of preparatory work before the start their program. Teaching faculty arrive onsite three days before the students (for orientation) and leave the day after the students.
We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience.
NOTE: Please review our Courses page to see which courses you might like to teach. We cannot accept suggestions for new courses other than those listed on the Courses page.