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DoS and Senior Teacher

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  • Italy: Curno (Bergamo) Italy.
  • Anderson House srl
  • Experience: 5 YEARS
  • Number of positions: 1
  • Degree Required
  • Applicant must have permission to work in the EU or hold a valid work permit for employment in the EU.

Job Summary

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Job
We seek a native or near native DoS/Senior Teacher who specializes in YL and teaching writing for certs with experience in the private sector, an EU passport, who is enthusiastic and professional and would like to further their career at our school. The job requires acting as Director of Studies for a team of 10 teachers and teaching primary children, teens, adults, companies. We are a CELTA Centre and welcome a CELTA Tutor. Alternatively, we offer training to become a CELTA Tutor. We are the Cambridge centre for the area and many of our courses are exam prep, therefore we welcome Cambridge examiners or offer Cambridge Speaking Examiner training. He or she would run the fortnightly CPD sessions which are the most important aspect of the job - these must be top quality. He/she would support the teachers, have weekly meetings and observe their lessons a minimum of twice a year - this is essential to see that our teachers develop. Organise the classes, timetables, mock tests and order the books for the courses - organisational skills are of the utmost importance. Run the online courses on various platforms (zoom, etc) and deal with the website and social media - IT skills are key. Together with the owner, cover lessons on an emergency basis. Support the owner in organising workshops for state school teachers who prepare candidates for Cambridge exams - good presentation skills necessary. As the school is small, there will be some teaching involved. You will teach individuals and groups, Business English in companies, General English, exam preparation classes (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE, IELTS, TOEFL) and conversation classes in the evenings, children/teen courses in the afternoon (YLE, KET, PET, FCE, CAE). We are particularly interested in hiring a teacher who is an expert in teaching writing, teaches it actively in class, knows Joint Construction and how to correct and assess writing for Cambridge, IELTS and TOEFL. Furthermore, knowledge of intercultural communication and soft skills would be very welcome as we organise workshops for students and teachers. You will be involved in the extensive reading project we run at the school.

Accommodation
We have a room in a shared flat within walking distance from the school (euro 400 a month including heating - excluding utilities) which might still be free in September. If you seek alternative accommodation we will help you (euro 500+).

School
Anderson House was established in 1996 by Peter Anderson. Peter taught as a freelance from 1978 to 1982. He was then taken on by a private quality language school in Bergamo and taught there from 1982 to 1996. From 1991 to 1996, he worked as the DoS at the same school. In 1996, he opened his own school.

AH has been an 'srl' (limited company) since 2006. The school is on the outskirts of Bergamo - in Curno, the commercial part of Bergamo - with plenty of free parking. We have a full-time DoS, 10 English teachers plus 5 for other languages. 95% of the teaching is for English, the remaining 5% includes Italian for foreigners, French, German, Spanish, etc. Approximately 25% of our turnover (euro 250,000) is courses (200 children, 200 adults in group courses and individuals, 230 in company courses), and 75% (euro 710,000) Cambridge exams - we do approx 6,000 exams per year. We own the premises and have 9 classrooms, a computer room, a resource room for teachers, 3 offices.
The school is run by the owner Peter Anderson, his wife Antonella Ottonelli, a commercial manager, a front office secretary, and 2 members of staff who work full-time for the Cambridge exams. Some of the work is in companies in the vicinities of the school (10 to 25 min drive). We have 2 school cars. If you have your own, it would be ideal for us as we pay for transfer at ACI rates. Moreover, it would be convenient for you if you want to go sightseeing in the area at weekends.

Bergamo
Bergamo has an international airport which serves low-cost airlines (Ryanair, etc). It is in the centre of Lombardy, near the north Italian lakes, the Alps and Milan (30 miles). It is part of an industrial belt that goes from Varese through Milan, on to Bergamo and Brescia - but has plenty of countryside, hills and beautiful mountains. Bergamo has a pretty medieval Upper Town called "Citta' Alta" surrounded by Venetian walls (UNESCO Heritage); a beautiful renaissance square (Piazza Vecchia) and one of the top-ten provincial museums called Pinacoteca Carrara with a Raphael, a Bellini and a Mantegna. If you are interested in food, Italy is the place to be: the food and wine are excellent and there are many restaurants and pizzerias in Bergamo and the surrounding area. Atalanta - the Bergamo football team - are in Serie A, have just won the Europa League Cup, have qualified for the Champions League and next year will have a completely refurbished stadium, therefore you can see top-class football here. Bergamo also has a women's volleyball team - Foppapedretti; an American Football team - Lions, and are crazy about cycling: the Giro d'Italia is very popular here. As for rugby you need to go to Brescia which is nearby. There is also a piano festival and Bergamo is the birthplace of Donizetti. The Bergamasks describe themselves as (in Bergamasque): 'Rasa bergamasca, fiama de rar, sota la sender brasca' - "The Bergamasque race, seldom ablaze, under the ashes embers" that is a quiet, introvert people of Alpine stock - somewhat rugged and grim at times, but once they get to know you, they become friends for life. Bergamasks are famous in Italy for being extremely hard-working and love manufacturing things. Industry is well developed here (steel and mechanical industry, seamless tubes, cement, tractors, heat exchangers, pressure vessels, electrical components, furniture, looms, textile, etc). Most of our client companies are Bergamasque SMEs.

Other services
AH is the Cambridge Centre for Bergamo and province: we are a Platinum centre and delivered 6,000 exams in 2023-24. Training offered for Cambridge Speaking Examiners. We are also a CELTA Centre, the TOEFL and IELTS centre for Bergamo (with BC Milan). We organize intercultural training such as Communicating Across Cultures, Country-specific workshops, ICE (Intercultural Competence in English) and soft skills training for teenagers through AISLi's Future Skills Agency. We are members of AISLi (the Association of Quality Language Schools in Italy), CONFINDUSTRIA Bergamo (the local Industrial Union), IATEFL BESIG, YLSIG and TEASIG, founder members of SIETAR Italia (the intercultural Association) and promoters of ERA Italy (the Extensive Reading Association Italy).

Qualifications

We require a degree, DELTA, a specialization in YL, exam prep, an expert teacher of writing (for Cambridge, IELTS and TOEFL) and minimum 5 years in quality language schools. CELTA Trainer and Cambridge Speaking Examiner a plus. European passport essential; English native/near native; DELTA essential; PGCE very welcome; CertIBET a plus; Cambridge Speaking Examiner a plus (otherwise will undergo training internally); interest in intercultural communication and soft skills training; knowledge of Italian useful; driving license and being a capable driver essential (do NOT apply if you are NOT an experienced driver, please, as some driving is involved); owning a car very useful as Bergamo is a small town and public transport is limited.

Salary and Benefits

Salary Euro 2000 net with severance pay (euro 1000) at end of school year. Full-time ANINSEI DoS contract from 1 September 2024 to 30 June 2025 (ideal if you teach in a UK summer school). If we have a CELTA Intensive course in July you would stay on. The contract could eventually turn into a full-time full-year permanent job. If you use your own car we pay 0.40 per km. Own office and access to internet. We do not pay for flights. Please send CV with photo to Peter Anderson. We would also consider the possibility of selling a share of the school and then selling the whole school when we retire.

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We seek a professional native/near native DoS and Senior Teacher who would like to further their career at our school in Bergamo, Northern Italy and stay long term. Degree, DELTA and 5 years' experience required. We welcome a CELTA Tutor and Cambridge Examiner. Specialization in YL, teaching exam courses and experienced teacher of writing for certifications. Teaching of children, teens, adults, companies, exam prep, conversation classes and Cambridge examining. Good driving skills required.


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