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Sessional Lecturers - Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to join a pool of tutors who would be able to contribute to the University of Worcester Language Centre’s programme of academic and leisure courses.

Languages currently taught include French, Spanish, German, Italian and Japanese, but we would also like to hear from those who can offer Arabic or Mandarin.

Courses may take place face-to-face and/or online, both during the day and in the evening, and will range from beginner to advanced level.

Core duties are outlined below; however individual roles and the hourly pay rate will vary according to what is taught and the needs of the Language Centre. Payment includes preparation, marking and course administration.

NB: If you are successful at interview you will be invited to join a pool of sessional lecturers and we will contact you if suitable work becomes available. We are not able to guarantee employment as it will be subject to student numbers. The number of hours available might only be a few hours per week. If you have any queries regarding this please contact us on 01905 855170 or discuss it with us at interview.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be required to give a 20minute teaching session in the language(s) they can offer, which should cover an area of grammar which is significantly different to the equivalent in English, for example explaining the use of the subjunctive, in the French language’.

For the purposes of the session, members of the interview panel will role play the students.

This will be followed by 5 minutes of questions related to the session.

Closing date: Monday 24 Apr 2017

Reference number: INTAC1701 - 3223

Job details

Job details

£41.47 per contact hour, including holiday pay of £9.12 per hour and preparation, marking, course administration etc
Hours to be negotiated per module or session
By agreement
Responsible to
Language Centre Manager
Responsible for
Interview date
Interviews to be held in the week commencing 8th May 2017



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Main duties

Main duties

1. To prepare for teaching by developing an understanding of the content, learning outcomes and modes of delivery for the relevant sessions. This may involve research and reading in the subject area, and/or adapting existing materials and methods.

2. To prepare course materials, including setting assignments, producing reading lists, course outlines and hand-outs, and ensuring that information is available to students in advance of the course and taught sessions through Blackboard, the VLE currently used by the University.

3. To teach the sessions face to face or online by tutorials, seminars and any other relevant form of learning method.

4. To be available for tutorial support to students at specified times.

5. To undertake marking, and other forms of assessment; ensure work is second marked and grades submitted, and provide assignments for reassessment.

6. To ensure regular contact with relevant Course Leader and Language Centre Manager and to keep them informed of progress throughout the semester.

7. To undertake other administrative duties related to the teaching.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. A relevant first degree or equivalent.

2. An appropriate teaching qualification.

3. Relevant and successful experience of teaching adults (minimum 1 year), preferably in a Higher Education context.

4. A commitment to interactive, communicative teaching methods with a learner-centred focus.

5. The ability to communicate effectively (orally and in writing), in English and the language(s) offered.

6. The ability to work well in a team context when required.

7. ICT competence (for teaching purposes), including experience of the use of a modern VLE.

8. At least C1 level (CEF) competence in the language(s) you are offering.

Desirable Criteria

1. Experience with the use and creation of e-learning materials.

2. An interest in and aptitude for using innovative technologies for learning and teaching purposes.

3. Experience with teaching online.

4. Knowledge of specialist areas of language education, for example translation and interpreting.

Applications from Non EEA Workers:

Prospective applicants are advised to ensure that they are eligible to work in the UK without restriction.

Prospective applicants in points-based system immigration routes should assess their circumstances against the published criteria, which are set out on the GOV.UK website at

Visit for more information on how you can use a qualification from outside the UK to meet the requirements of the immigration rules.

Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs

The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.

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