After School is an independent project, setup in 2009, with a clear objective: provide learners with a unique, fun, English-speaking learning experience. Most of our students are French-speaking, monolingual children who've had little or no previous exposure to a foreign language: we are their first structured English language experience. After School has received great support from the local community and continues to grow each year with this ambitious objective remaining central to our project. After School is a well structured, passionate and driven team of educators with the energy and desire to contribute to a student-focused approach to learning. They are supported by a Learning manager to facilitate their teaching and development.
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The role and values
Each teacher is responsible for teaching up to 4 different age groups within the centre and partner schools. In centre, we have a vast majority of Young Learners aged 5-10 with a minority of Very Young Learners (3-4) and Teens (11-16). Teaching at partner schools can involve full class teaching and Cambridge exam preparation.
After School teachers are committed representatives of our core values: fun, independent learning, and nurturing.
Learning should always be fun. After School believes that experience precedes understanding. Creating a positive bond to learning and using a foreign language is key to improving results. Learners who are stimulated and enjoying their time in class find it easier to overcome difficulties and inhibitions. Our sessions deliver playful and engaging content to create these positive conditions.
Clarity and predictability are central to developing our learners independence. Our sessions are structured to provide clear targets for the learners, as well as offer opportunities to broaden their experience, and take initiative.
Finally, we are committed to providing a nurturing environment for our learners. Building confidence, encouraging initiative and managing risk-taking are key to the After Schools successes. This requires control on the part of the teaching team, and commitment to fair and transparent communication.
The key responsibilities
As a teacher you will be asked to uphold these values in every aspect of your duties:
- Creating, promoting and supporting an attractive 100% English speaking environment.
- Providing regular and structured feedback on learning attainment to parents and learners.
- Contributing to the planning across age groups under the Learning Managers supervision.
- Managing teacher-class interaction and implementing behaviour management policies across the school.
- Identifying and using appropriate teaching techniques and materials for two or more levels.
- Contributing to and supporting in-class and centre events.
The After School centre is the biggest English-language learning centre in France!
We are located in Chatou and Maisons Laffitte which are two pleasant Western suburbs located approximately 20 minutes from central Paris on the train. Both venues are purpose built, brand new space which offer an exciting learning and teaching environment. In each centre there are a total of 6 bright, spacious rooms each equipped with laptops and wireless internet. All classrooms are adapted for teaching age groups 3-17 thanks to different seating arrangements. Each class has shelves, worktops, plenty of storage space, multiple display areas and hot and cold air conditioning. Partners school are located within a 30-minute commute from the centres
Salary and benefits
The position is full time and involves around 20 hours of contact time and about 13 hours of planning, training & meetings, preparation and feedback. Schedule is as follows:
Full day in centre on Wednesdays & Saturdays (at least 7.5 hours of contact time)
Partner school & afternoon classes on weekdays
two full days off a week (Sunday & Monday)
We run holiday camps during school breaks which means classes run Monday through to Friday and weekends are off.
Salary and Benefits
fully paid induction;
a great learning & a varied teaching environment;
ongoing internal & external training and support throughout the school year;
a subsidy for French lessons;
Past experiences are valued: teaching experience, formal education but also travels, books read, or problems faced in the past. An After School teacher is expected to create and support rich, diverse and fun learning sessions. We believe that the following features are valuable for candidates wanting to join our organisation:
- a Humanities university degree; education or linguistics studies a valuable asset;
- Formal initial teacher training (TESOL, CELTA or internationally recognised teaching certificate). PGCE or teaching degree a valued asset;
- 800 hours of EFL classroom experience across several age groups;
- has been observed teaching and has received documented feedback for at least 2 levels;
- a basic understanding of different language learning theories and methods;
- strong observational and analytical skills;
- willingness to provide and engage with an immersive learning experience;