North Sydney Community Centre

French Tutor

Appointment

Casual contract.

Terms:

4x 2 hour evening classes, currently Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 6:30pm-

8:30pm. Each class runs for x8 weeks during school terms.

Minimum numbers of students are required to run classes each term.

Start Date: Monday 19 July, 2021.

Rate: negotiable, minimum commission applies.

Our previous tutor is moving back to France, and we are looking for someone to bring flair and enthusiasm to strengthen our existing programme.

About NSCC:

We are a thriving community centre of life-long learners, with a particular strength and interest in adult education. We present over 100 classes and workshops per term, to connect people and energise the mind and body. As well as our adult education programme, we also run the Northside Produce Market, After School Care, Explorers Playgroup and a busy weekend Venue Hire programme. Tutors at the Centre are supported by our team, including the Programme Co-ordinator, Administrator, and Marketing Coordinator, who provide marketing, programming and course support, student administration and venue coordination. Our student body is diverse and includes a high demographic of seniors. Languages currently offered are Italian, Spanish and French, and soon Korean and Japanese. We would offer more, but we have effectively run out of teaching rooms! Many students have joined the language programme in preparation for a holiday, only to return and continue through the entire programme to Advanced Conversation classes! Our language programmes have taken a hit since COVID, with lower numbers than usual, particularly at the Beginners level, but many of our Intermediate students have continued through lockdown and now back to classes on site, and the demand is slowly increasing again. Learning a language is valuable for travelling or speaking, but also for the rewards of social connection and challenging our brains!

About our French programme:

Our programme currently runs as follows:

  • Level 1: Beginners - New students undertake 1-2 terms at this level, before
  • transferring to a class at the next level.
  • Level 2: Beginners Next Step - Having learnt the basics, students undertake a further
  • 1-2 terms in a Beginners’ Next Step class, before moving on to Intermediate.
  • Level 3: Intermediate (and Intermediate Next Step) - For students who have completed 2-4 terms / 32-64 hours or equivalent of study, and are ready to move on to more complex and variable language use. Students would generally study at this level for another 2-4 terms before being ready to join a conversation class.
  • Conversation Classes - Once students are generally confident with a language, conversation classes allow guided ‘practice’ with the tutor and other students and the opportunity to deepen their experience and knowledge of the contextual use of the language through various discussions. Previously our tutor used excerpts from the textbook Grammaire Progressive du Français - Niveau Débutant by Maia Grégoire - Cle International. Many of our existing students will be familiar with this textbook.
  • About you:

    We are looking for a community minded, patient and enthusiastic teacher, who enjoys working with a diverse range of people, to facilitate access to this beautiful language and the joy of learning, reading, understanding and speaking French in a group setting. Prior French language teaching experience is required. Ideally you should be confident to teach from Beginners through to Advanced level, though we are open to creating opportunities to share the workload, as long as you are willing to work collaboratively with other tutors to make the learning experience seamless, from one class to another. There is some flexibility required in your approach to teaching: as a community centre, the programme we run has an emphasis on fun and culture, rather than academic pursuit, accepting students looking to learn basic French for travelling, as well as accommodating passionate students who wish to progress their language skills to conversational level. Due to the open enrolment process and generalist categories, you may have slight variants between student skills in your classes each term, for example, a student may join Beginners Next Step in Term 3, because they studied French 20 years ago and are not a complete beginner, but having not spent the previous term in your class, they will not be at exactly the same place as everyone else. This can make classroom management a little more challenging. There can be frustrations that occur with learning something new as an adult, so you will also need a certain degree of understanding and kindness in your approach.

    To apply: 

    Please send your cover letter addressing the above criteria and your CV with 2 references to our Programme Coordinator, Anna Gray: anna@northsydneycentre.com.au

    Note: 

    If you haven’t heard from us after two weeks you have not been short listed for an interview. We apologise that we are unable to respond to all candidates.


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