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Modern languages

Language residential schools and the role of the tutor

Residential schools are held in France, Germany and Spain. They last one week and are conducted entirely in the target language. Their purpose is to offer students an opportunity to practise the language intensively; to interact in as great a variety of situations as possible; and to study aspects of the relevant societies. The programme is a mixture of classroom teaching, visits, private study, talks and workshops. You will have a group of up to 18 students. Tutors may be asked to run one or two evening workshops, to be agreed with the School/Module Director.

Language Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) and the role of the tutor

The ALE is an alternative experience for students who cannot attend Residential School. The ALE takes place online, using online rooms (OU Live). The purpose of the ALE is to offer students who take part an opportunity to practise the language; to interact with other learners and a tutor; and to study aspects of the relevant societies. The programme consists of four 90 minute sessions spread throughout two weeks. You will have a group of up to 18 students.

Requirements

We are looking for tutors who have:
  • a high level of linguistic proficiency in the language of the residential school/ALE

  • teaching experience, preferably in adult or tertiary education

  • a lively interest in current language-teaching methods

  • experience of communicative language-teaching methods.

  • for the ALE - experience of teaching languages using OU Live.

Experience of teaching for The Open University and a recognised teaching qualification are also desirable.

L203: Motive upper intermediate German

L204: Viento en popa upper intermediate Spanish

L211: Envol upper intermediate French