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English Language Assistant – Primary & Secondary - January 2022 Start

Sunmarke SchoolUnited Arab Emirates

About us:

Imagine schools with a variety of educational pathways where the skills of achievement, such as literacy, critical thinking, numeracy, discipline and work ethic are taught alongside the skills of wellbeing, such as confidence, contentment, kindness, gratitude, health, and love.  Welcome to Fortes Education, Dubai. We have been delivering high quality education provision to young people for over two decades. 

Our Positive Education schools foster active engagement in learning and activities. We celebrate positive emotions and accomplishments, encourage students to cultivate fulfilling relationships with others and to seek meaning and purpose in their own lives.

Judged by the Dubai School Inspection Bureau (DSIB) as a ‘Very Good’ School in our 3rd year of operation, we set high standards and expectations for each pupil in academics and in co-curricular participation.  Our high-impact learning programme lays a strong foundation that develops each pupil’s multiple intelligences through a broad range of activities in and out of the classroom. Our commitment is to provide a premium world-class “positive” education, which empowers our pupils to become innovative thinkers, socially confident life-long learners, having growth mindsets and character strengths, to flourish in an ever -changing world.


We present an exciting opportunity to join our all through school and to play an important part in our journey to “outstanding”. Sunmarke School, Dubai is one of our flag-ship schools, located at a prime location in Jumeirah Village Triangle. Sunmarke offers a fantastic range of pathways for students including the NCE, GCSE/IGCSE, ‘A’ Levels, BTEC and the IB Diploma and Career Related Programmes.

About you:

Due to our continued growth, we seek to appoint English Language Assistants for Primary & Secondary to join our team in January 2022.

Job Purpose: 

The English Language Assistant – ELA provides educational supports through supervision and instruction for English language learner (ELL) students under the direction of staff; completes routine clerical tasks for teachers; and serves as a resource to other school personnel requiring assistance with limited English-speaking persons.

• Works under the guidance and direction of the teacher with access to assistance and consultation

• Works collaboratively by assisting teachers in assessment, supporting curriculum, student interactions, enforcing safe behaviors, and enhancing social growth of students in the school setting.

• Provides instructional support to students in large groups, small groups, and one-on-one situations.

• Administers tests and language assessments under the guidance of a classroom teacher or the inclusion department for the purpose of evaluating student’s language ability

• Confers with teachers, parents for the purpose of assisting in evaluation of students' progress and/or implementing of students' objectives

• Performs record keeping and basic clerical functions, scheduling, copying, etc. to support teachers in maintaining student files and providing classroom materials in the students' primary language

• Pre-teach and reteach key concepts taught in class, provide frequent check-ins with ELL   students to ensure understanding and check for areas that require further intervention and perform other duties 

• Records student progress in language acquisition for the purpose of documenting student performance and maintaining updated records

• Translates verbal and written communication/s for the purpose of assisting students, staff, and parents in communicating effectively

• Help support students in developing positive interpersonal relationships with peers and adults

• Pre-teach and reteach key concepts taught in class, provide frequent check-ins with ELL students to ensure understanding and check for areas that require further intervention and perform other duties 

Job Specification

• Bachelor’s degree in English, CELTA, TESOL, TEML, ELT 

• Excellent written/spoken English language skills. 

• Competent Literacy, Numeracy, and IT skills at the required level.

• Effective interpersonal skills to aid in daily contact with a diverse multi-cultural population. 

• Knowledge of strategies which support positive behavior to meet school expectations.

• Support ethos of the learning environment.

• Ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and colleagues. 

• To contribute purposefully to the team. 

• Able to handle a range of tasks, work under pressure and relate well to students and colleagues. 

• This is a local contract with no additional benefits other than all school holidays as per the academic calendar. Candidates applying for this position MUST be sponsored by their spouse/parent 

Candidates are invited to complete our Online Application by visiting:  http://forteseducation.com/Careers/Current-Openings 

Interviews will take place either face to face in Dubai or by video conferencing if the applicant is not based in Dubai. 

Appointment Start Date: January 2022

Fortes Education is committed to safeguarding children and young people. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures including a satisfactory International Child Protection Certificate, plus resident country Police checks.


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