Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes - Birmingham International Academy

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£30,942.00 - £42,792.00

19 Dec 2019
07 Aug 2020

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-190006OE

Position Details

Birmingham International Academy

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 to £40,322 pro rata, depending on qualifications and experience

Grade 7

Full Time: 10, 6 and 4 week Fixed Term (part time/job share will be considered)
End date 18 September 2020

Closing date 7 August 2020



The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) at the University of Birmingham provides English language and Academic skills development and support to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University of Birmingham (UoB) through the provision of In-sessional and Pre-sessional (general, multidisciplinary and business-specific) English programmes in academic skills and academic English.The BIA is committed to creating a vibrant working environment and welcome applications from candidates with a commitment to working collaboratively with peers and the management team. Staff can also expect an extensive programme of training as well as a comprehensive CPD programme delivered by our dedicated CPD team.


Summary of Role

We are looking to recruit suitably qualified and experienced Teaching Fellows on fixed term contracts for our 10, 6 and 4-week Pre-sessional English courses for summer 2020.

Postholders will be responsible for teaching English for Academic Purposes to postgraduate, undergraduate or Foundation Pre-sessional students as either Class Teachers or Language Support Teachers. 

The primary aim of the programmes is to prepare students with the English language and academic skills they will need for their chosen academic programme. For most students, in order to progress onto their programme they must gain satisfactory completion of their Pre-sessional programme. The post holder will be responsible for the teaching of a group of up to 18 students.

The post holder will prepare and deliver lessons for modules in academic writing, presentation skills, language for seminars, listening skills and academic reading, critical thinking activities. S/he will also be expected to access materials from Canvas, the University’s Learning Management System (LMS).

The EAP UG course is open to students under the age of 18, and teachers working on this course need to be aware of safeguarding and welfare practices that are associated with this group of students. A DBS check may be required upon appointment.


Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • Attend and participate in the 3-day (4-day for new staff) induction at the start of the course and participate in and assist with the timetabled activities during student induction week.
  • Read and become fully conversant with the contents of the course handbooks of the chosen programme and other relevant induction materials.
  • Complete basic obligatory training (Safeguarding, Prevent, GDPR and Diversity training).


Teaching & Teaching-Related Duties

Class Teachers

  • Teach courses of up to 23 contact hours per week including tutorials to students preparing for undergraduate or postgraduate study over a range of courses through seminars and lectures and provide pastoral care and academic advice in a prompt and effective manner.
  • Plan and prepare own teaching supplementing the established course materials where necessary, taking responsibility for the monitoring of students’ academic learning outcomes, tracking progress and benchmarking achievement against set targets
  • Supervise student projects, particularly students’ take home essays and generally assist students to improve their academic communications skills, develop relevant study skills and habits and adapt to their new environments socially and academically.
  • Conduct individual one-to-one tutorial sessions with each student in own group
  • Promptly refer any students requiring additional support to the Language Support Team and/or the Programme Manager.


Language Support Teachers

  • Provide 1:1/small group support to students identified as requiring extra help
  • Offer workshops on areas of EAP skills for larger groups
  • Be available for planned and unplanned cover for class teacher absences


All teachers

  • Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching through the Presessional Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programme.
  • Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining of all summative assessment, as well as to any progress checks, presentations and homework implemented during the course.
  • Be conversant with and uphold the principles inherent in the core competencies of an EAP practitioner, as detailed in the TEAP competency framework , developed by BALEAP.
  • Be aware of students’ future programme goals and identify shortfalls and areas of weakness in order to alert the Programme Director and the students’ and propose or take appropriate solutions and interventions  
  • Prepare all lessons (and any designated materials) in advance of each session, which matches course objectives, ensuring that any variations to this are closely aligned with the designated curriculum.



  • Complete work record and attendance registers on a daily/session by session basis, as required and promptly report student absences and pastoral problems to the Programme Manager.
  • Produce formal reports on student performance, which may include tutorial reports, sponsor reports and/or other feedback as requested by the Programme Manager.
  • Attend all staff meetings and contribute ideas for the improvement of the programme.
  • Provide, where possible in advance, a lesson plan and materials for any lessons to be covered by a substitute teacher in the event of an unavoidable absence.


Quality Assurance & Professional Development 

  • Maintain and develop a level of professional expertise and knowledge by attending training events, workshops and courses relevant to the requirements of the presessional programme and complete all mandatory training as requested.
  • Provide specialist advice and/or support in a specific area of expertise (EAP, ESP, TEFL) and/or contribute to new teaching approaches (including e-learning), upon request.
  • Attend staff skills and expertise development workshops during the Presessional Programme. 


Person Specification


  • A Masters in a TEFL-related area and a CELTA or
  • A diploma in English teaching/ PGCE with substantial TEFL component, or diploma-level qualifications as defined in section 4.2 of the British Council’s Accreditation UK handbook https://www.britishcouncil.org/sites/default/files/accreditation_uk_handbook_interim_2018.pdf (pp.45-47)  
  • Substantial experience and expertise in delivering EAP/ESAP at a UK Higher Education institution to UG and PG international students from a diverse range of backgrounds and an excellent teaching record
  • For Support Teachers roles, a first degree plus a CELTA


Teaching Experience

  • Relevant teaching experience, ideally in EAP at tertiary level. 
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the UK higher education system
  • Excellent classroom performance
  • For BME, we particularly welcome applications from English teachers with a professional or academic background in Business (e.g. MBA or similar) in addition to the above requirements, ideally with experience of teaching ESAP in the areas of business management, accounting and finance, marketing, and related areas



  • Clear and effective written and oral presentation skills
  • A clear understanding of the aims of the course
  • The ability to correctly diagnose and give feedback on learner errors in academic English
  • Experience of safeguarding the welfare of students
  • The ability to form professional working relationships with all students, including under 18s and vulnerable adults
  • Excellent communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Management skills and strong team working skills.
  • Experience in innovative development, design and delivery of course material, using a variety of approaches and methods of delivery, course evaluation, student and staff assessment techniques.
  • Experience in using cutting edge technology in teaching, a willingness to engage in this area within the UoB and develop and share best practice
  • An ability to prioritise management, teaching and administrative tasks


Teaching posts are full-time, although we will consider part time and job share. Applicants need to be available for the full length of the course, plus induction. The dates are:


Course length   Teacher induction dates      Course dates

10 week              (*9), 10, 13 & 14 July 2020      13 July 2020 -18 Sept 2020

 6 week            (*6), 7, 10 & 11 August 2020     10 Aug 2020 – 18 Sept 2020

 4 week                7 & 10 August 2020               10 Aug 2020 – 4 Sept 2020


* This day is only for new teachers to the BIA programmes.



Fully subsidised en-suite accommodation is available on campus from Sunday 12 July until Friday 18 September. This is a taxable benefit (deductions for tax may apply) available for staff not living within reasonable commuting distance.


For informal inquiries, please email biarecruitment@contacts.bham.ac.uk .


Interviews will be arranged on a rolling basis and done face-to-face or by video link (e.g. Skype). Those applicants invited to interview will be asked to complete a pre-interview task. 

Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance prior to appointment.


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