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Pre-sessional EAP Teachers

Durham University - Durham Centre for Academic Development

Location: Durham
Salary: £685/wk plus 12.07% holiday pay
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 9th March 2019
Closes: 5th August 2019

Closing Date Rolling

Job Description

Our sector-leading Pre-sessional programmes are BALEAP accredited and uniquely partnered with a university residential college ensuring students’ social and pastoral needs are also met.  All pre-sessional teachers will have the oopportunity to become a member of the College’s Senior Common Room.

Our curriculum and teaching material is content-led, designed in-house, and provided in full. We provide an induction to the ethos and principles underpinning the programme, followed up by weekly meetings to ensure teachers are fully supported in their effective implementation of the course.  We welcome and value an international staff base, and we pride ourselves on offering a stimulating and supportive working environment.

We are seeking well-qualified, experienced and talented EAP teachers for the following courses:

  • 10 week Programme:  Mon 8th July - Fri 20th September 2019 (includes Teacher Induction)
  • 5 week Programme: Mon 12th August - Fri 20th September 2019 (includes Teacer Induction)

Workload: approximately 16-18 contact hours (with 16-18 hours preparation and marking, and approximately 2 hours meetings) per week.

Salary: £685/wk plus 12.07% holiday pay.

Free self-catering accommodation available on request.


You will deliver our curriculum to postgraduate and/or undergraduate students who have been conditionally accepted onto Durham degree programmes. Pre-sessional is intensive and aims to induct and socialise students into the practices and expectations of academic study in English at University level. We aim to limit class sizes to approximately 12 students as a core component of your teaching is feedback to students on their work.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare and deliver EAP classes using the materials provided
  • Engage with the course content including all reading texts
  • Give timely, effective feedback on students' assignments
  • Work closely with colleagues to assess student work
  • Attend weekly teachers’ meetings
  • Maintain accurate records of work and assessment

Person Specification


  • RSA CELTA (or equivalent)
  • Good undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • A minimum of 2 years relevant teaching experience
  • MA in Applied Linguistics / TESOL / TEAP (or equivalent) and/or RSA DELTA (or equivalent) and/or significant, relevant EAP teaching experience with MA / RSA DELTA in progress
  • Knowledge of a range of teaching methodologies and the ability to exploit these appropriately in an EAP context
  • Understanding of the demands and conventions of HE study and how these may differ across the disciplines
  • Willingness to engage in peer and evaluative observations
  • Ability to work effectively with Microsoft office, Durham’s VLE and other learning technologies as required
  • Willingness to work as part of an international team


  • Experience of teaching EAP in the UK in a Higher Education context  (e.g. Pre-sessional courses)
  • Awareness of the BALEAP Competency Framework for Teachers of EAP (CFTEAP) and the framework’s relevance to classroom practice. We also welcome applications from teachers working towards the BALEAP TEAP CPD accreditation.
  • A track record of engagement with EAP scholarship and practice.

How to Apply:

  • A tailored CV of no more than 2 pages including the full contact details of 2 referees
  • A brief covering letter of no more than 1 page which outlines your suitability to teach EAP.

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