Teacher of French 

London (Greater) (GB)
11 Jun 2021
23 Jun 2021
Fixed Term
Full Time

Teacher of French 

Job ID: 025125

Salary: £38,204 to £45,026 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 10-Jun-2021

Closing date: 23-Jun-2021

Business unit: Modern Language Centre

Department: French

Contact details: Dr Ana de Medeiros, ana.de.medeiros@kcl.ac.uk

Strand Campus   Academic and teaching    

Job description

Key Objectives : 

  • Teaching French language classes at all levels.
  • 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
  • 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 MLC to offer courses online, at other King’s campuses and other established institutions

Communication & Networking:
The role holder carries out the following tasks either in person, by email, via online platforms or over the telephone:

On a daily basis

Liaising with:

  • Team Leader and/or Deputy Team Leader 
  • French language teachers
  • other Deputy Team Leaders and Team Leaders
  • On a regular basis (weekly/bi-monthly)

Liaising with:

  • the MLC Head of Operations
  • the TEL Team (communication relating to online learning resources)
  • members of the MLC Professional Services staff regarding administrative procedures such as timetabling, assessment organisation, completion and publication of syllabi and week-by-week documents

Quarterly or less:

Liaising with:

  • External bodies and professional associations
  • Organisations and universities abroad
  • Bookshops and publishing houses 

In addition to the above (frequency tbc):

  • 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 MLC locally, attending King’s committee meetings and interest groups
  • Updating staff members on conference reports and external events

About the Department of Modern Language Centre
The Modern Language Centre is a semi-entrepreneurial department with two broad 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 to businesses, organisations and the wider London community. 
There are over 150 members of teaching staff in the MLC supported by a professional services team of 18 colleagues, based on the Strand Campus.
 Further details can be found at www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc
This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

Key responsibilities

  • To be responsible for teaching French language modules and external French courses offered by the Modern Language Centre, online, on campus and at partner institutions/organisations.
  • To support the Team Leader and Deputy Team Leader in the planning and development of all activities related to the teaching of French.

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 

  • Education / qualification and training
  • Native level fluency in French
  • Qualified to Postgraduate level in French language teaching/applied linguistics or a closely related subject


  • Substantial experience of teaching French at all levels
  • 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

Knowledge / skills

  • Demonstrate ability to liaise with superiors, colleagues, academic/institutional clients and professional bodies
  • Demonstrate a disciplined and thorough approach to professional duties
  • Demonstrate ability to ensure the implementation of guidelines, strict deadlines, and quality standards
  • Excellent organisational and prioritising skills
  • A high command of IT skills (Word-processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, Virtual Learning Environments, educational software, Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Familiarity with UK Higher Education practice and the professional  practices and requirements of clients and potential clients of the Centre
  • An awareness of trends and tendencies in HE in the UK, including Policies on language learning at national level

Competences/other requirements

  • A very high level of proficiency in English
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to represent the Centre on College committees, etc.
  • Conduct and supervise staff development and provide expert advice on all matters relating to the study of languages

Further information 
The successful candidate will have to teach on a range of programmes and as a result the workings hours may have to be spread over a full working week and on Saturdays. 
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

There are number of areas where we are underrepresented at King's. We particularly encourage applications from those who are BAME and/or LGBTQ+ and/or have a disability. 
King's is an inclusive and welcoming university. We embrace diversity and want everyone to be able to bring their whole selves to work and succeed. We promote flexible working as a key enabler of inclusion.
King's College London offers a wide range of staff benefits. For the full comprehensive list of staff benefits please refer to our website: www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/staffbenefits