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Lecturer in Spanish Language Education

London (Greater) (GB)
Closing date
19 Jun 2024

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Job Description

  • To be responsible for teaching Spanish language modules and internal and external Spanish courses offered by the Language Centre at King’s College and at partner institutions/organisations.  
  • To support the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in the planning, running and development of all activities related to the teaching and assessment of Spanish courses. 
  • To develop and maintain scholarly projects related to Spanish language and culture tuition. 

About the King’s Language Centre

King’s Language Centre (LC) is a semi-entrepreneurial department with over 100 members of staff.  It sits within the School of Professional & Continuing Education (PACE).  It teaches up to 25 languages and welcomes over 6,000 students each year to a variety of language courses. It has two broad and entwined remits: to provide language teaching and support in a range of formats to members of the King’s community; and to proactively pursue income-generating teaching opportunities with businesses, organisations and the wider London community. The LC also includes the Language Resources Centre which supports independent language learning with specialist language resources and work areas for students and teachers. In addition to a variety of learning resources (including grammar and course books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs and online subscriptions), face-to-face learning support, cultural workshops and speaking practice sessions are also available.” 

About PACE

Set up 18 months ago, PACE’s role is to widen the educational reach of King’s as an integral part of the King’s lifelong learning offer and enhance the university’s scholarship of teaching and learning. The School offers an increasingly joined-up approach to a range of education experiences that are different to the typical degree, for individual learners, public and private sector groups, and partners, both in the UK and internationally. ​The School sits alongside the nine Faculties of the university and comprises six areas: King’s Academy, King’s Foundations, King’s Language Centre, King’s Online, King’s Professional & Executive Development and Summer Programmes. Each of these areas are well established, respected and recognised within and beyond the King’s community.  ​PACE delivers teaching (King’s Foundations, Summer Programmes, King’s Language Centre) and works collaboratively with our nine Faculties enabling them to deliver professional and online education (KPED and King’s Online). The School also supports educational and learning development of King’s staff and students (King’s Academy, King’s Foundations).  

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract.

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

Teaching Spanish language and culture courses.

Setting and marking course work, formative and summative examinations

Supporting the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in the effective running of all teaching and assessment activities, course development, events and programmes relating to credit-bearing and external courses

Contributing to the organisation of student preparation sessions for internal and external examinations (revision classes, workshops, etc.)

Assisting, as required, in the provision of the Learning Resources Centre and e-Learning facilities, and of the library, teachers' and TEL resources

Developing and maintaining an active scholarly portfolio of activities related to the teaching of Spanish language and culture

Playing an active role in the developing/trialling/evaluating of original and/or adapted teaching materials for use in classroom and/or self-access mode

Participating in the departmental review, development and management of activities relating to course organisation and other functions, including staff management, student evaluations, quality control, etc., and in meetings convened for these purposes

Supporting the LC to offer courses at other King’s campuses and other established institutions

Attending regular team meetings

Attending conferences and presenting papers

Meeting King’s departments colleagues in relation to language students and teacher deployment

Networking and representing the LC locally, attending King’s committee meetings and interest groups

Updating staff members on conference reports and external events

Liaising with Team Leader and/or Deputy Team Leaders, Spanish language teachers, other Deputy Team Leaders and Team Leaders, the Senior Programmes Officer, the TEL Officers (communication relating to online learning resources), members of the LC Professional Services staff regarding administrative procedures such as timetabling, assessment organisation, completion and publication of syllabi and week-by-week documents, external bodies and professional associations;

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Native level fluency in Spanish
  2. Qualified to Postgraduate level in Spanish language teaching/applied linguistics or a closely related subject and substantial experience of teaching Spanish at all levels
  3. Expertise in the development of an active scholarly portfolio of activities related to the teaching of Spanish language and culture
  4. Experience teaching in a Higher Education Institution
  5. Experience in the development of original teaching materials and courses and the exploitation of language teaching via electronic media and audio-visual support, including TEL
  6. Demonstrate ability to liaise with superiors, colleagues, academic/institutional clients and professional bodies
  7. Familiarity with Higher Education practice
  8. A very high level of proficiency in English
  9. A high command of IT skills (Word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, Virtual Learning Environments, educational software, Microsoft Office, etc.)

Desirable criteria

  1. A PhD in Hispanic studies, Applied linguistics or Education
  2. An awareness of trends and tendencies in HE in the UK, including policies on language learning at national level
  3. Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy
  4. Experience of managing and supervising staff and coordinating courses


 Further Information

  Interviews are scheduled to take place online, this post will start on 4th September 2023.


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

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