Subject Leader in English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Kaplan International Pathways
United Kingdom

Are you an English language teaching professional who is passionate about ensuring that international students bound for university are able to meet and exceed their language learning targets - so that they can excel academically during their degree studies.

We are recruiting a Subject Leader, English for Academic Purposes to manage the delivery of the English and Project modules to international students on Pathways programmes offered by the College.

Our students learn in a wide variety of ways, enabling them to develop the behaviours and skills needed for university in the UK. As students move through their programme, teachers will be directing, guiding and supporting them in different ways at different times. The focus will be for students to participate in:

  • a range of learning activities including: active learning, workshops, laboratory sessions, online support through the VLE, project-focussed and other Applied Learning tasks as well as more traditional lectures and seminars
  • assessment to receive feedback on their work so they may improve, and to arrive at their summative marks. Some assessment will be digital, some non-digital; projects, group and individual assignments will all feature.
  • activities with Learning Advisors, including reviewing progress, ensuring VLE engagement and being taking up support/intervention/stretching activities so they can achieve their potential. Students may also be signposted to other non-academic support as needed. 
  • work to support the development of their e-Portfolio

Your role

The main responsibilities will include:

  • Managing the delivery of English language and Project modules to students studying on programmes offered by the College and leading on implementing quality assurance of these modules at KICL.
  • Providing academic leadership, management and coordination for English language and Project modules, including preparing, updating and disseminating module-related information, active involvement in teacher recruitment and induction activities, ensuring standards are maintained in curriculum delivery and assessment and reporting on student performance.
  • Leading the development and implementation of a range of innovative teaching methods including Technology Enhanced Learning that engage and meet the needs of all students.
  • Leading on and supporting the delivery of embedded academic literacies in Project and EAP modules and supervising the embedding of academic literacies into subject modules across a range of college programmes.
  • Working proactively and collaboratively with the Programme Leader for Business, Law and Social Sciences and the Programme Leader for Science and Engineering to ensure excellent student outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Managing and supporting a team of permanent and sessional staff to facilitate the effective delivery and assessment of EAP and Project modules.
  • Evaluating overall team and individual performance and delivering performance reviews and personal development plans.
  • Overseeing the development of formative and summative assessments where required, overseeing marking processes and feedback to students, and ensuring that quality assurance procedures are followed, as set out in the Pathways Academic Standards & Quality Manual.
  • Liaising with the Centre for Learning, Innovation and Quality (CLIQ) to deliver centrally managed EAP modules and assessments and to provide required documentation for the National External Examining process.
  • Assisting with the development and maintenance of the College virtual learning environment (VLE) and facilitating student access.
  • Providing input for related modules to the college annual review and reporting process.
  • Ensuring that teachers maintain an accurate and up-to-date record of student attendance and performance.
  • Assisting with the production of reports for students, where required.
  • Leading meetings with teaching and support staff, representing the subject area as a member of college management, participating in regular college management meetings and representing the college at events and meetings.
  • Teaching EAP /Project modules on a range of programmes.
  • Any other duties as required by the College Director or Academic Director.

About you:

You will demonstrate a pedagogical approach that is appropriate and effective with international students, possess the requisite subject expertise in EAP and academic skills, have competent management skills, be customer orientated and performance driven.

You will have experience of and enthusiasm for using innovative teaching methods, including Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) tools in curriculum design and delivery in flipped and collaborative learning environments.

In addition, you will have:

  • A university degree (minimum Bachelor level, preferably Master’s)
  • A recognised English language teaching qualification (DELTA or equivalent preferred).
  • Significant teaching experience within a UK higher/further education context, and experience of teaching international students.
  • Experience of curriculum and assessment development related to EAP and academic skills.
  • Enthusiasm for your subject and an ability to inspire students in learning
  • Experience of coordination or management in an educational context.
  • Competent IT skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, e-mail).
  • Strong record-keeping skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work under pressure to deadlines.
  • Motivation to work as a performance-driven team player.

About us:

Kaplan International Pathways, a division of Kaplan Inc., offers international students a wide range of flexible study options - from University preparation programmes in the UK, Australia, USA, China and Japan through to full degree programmes in Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. Through our academic partnerships with leading universities, our expertise in student recruitment, our exceptional teaching and a real focus on customer service and pastoral care, each year we are proud to welcome thousands of students from more than 100 countries through the doors of our colleges.

In the UK, we operate 9 campus-based colleges in partnership with Bournemouth University, University of Glasgow, University of Liverpool, Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Brighton, University of Essex, University of York and University of West of England, Bristol and an off-campus college in London offering pathways to 8 UK universities.

Kaplan International College London

At Kaplan International College London, we prepare international students for undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at a number of top UK universities; this means supporting students through the academic and social transition needed to meet the demands of university life and we’re passionately committed to helping them succeed. Following a recent major refurbishment project, KICL offers student a beautiful, state-of-the-art study environment, a stone’s throw from Borough Market, with a range of learning spaces which encourage both collaboration and independence. 

Our approach to teaching:

At the heart of our educational approach is a belief in supporting students to become independent, motivated learners who will thrive in higher education. To do this, we recognise the need to provide a flexible, responsive experience which meets needs of learners who differ in background, requirements and pace.

Our classrooms are active learning spaces and lessons are primarily student-centred. By introducing students to material before class, we use classroom time for discussion, real-world problem solving and project work, with a strong emphasis on group work and pair work. Technology is embedded into our approach – both physically within each classroom as well as within each curriculum area – from use of engaging multimedia study materials to convey concepts through to online testing in class which allows us assess students’ understanding in ‘real time’. Providing an individualised, differentiated learning experience is also a key strand in our approach. Students are involved in shaping their programme so that they specialise in their area of interest according to their strengths and intended progression route and get the chance to undertake projects personalised to their interest and path. 

For many – tutors and students alike - this is a very different model for learning but one which results in highly engaged students who take responsibility for their academic success.

Special Requirements:

This appointment will be subject to clearance from the Disclosure Barring Service (formerly CRB). Employment is conditional upon successful DBS clearance and on receiving satisfactory references. Applicants must be able to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Start date: 2nd September 2019

Please apply by Friday, 26th July 2019. The College reserves the right to invite candidates to interview as applications are received.

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