General information about La Cote International School.
La Côte International School is a small school which started in 2008 with Primary School and MYP 1. We have added one MYP grade every year and are currently, (January 2013) up to MYP 5. The school was authorised for MYP in August 2012 and was authorised for DP in May 2013. We will be starting the IB Diploma programme in September 2013.
Currently, the school is located in a converted building in Gland. It will move into a new, purpose built school in Aubonne in September 2014. We have approximately 130 students in Primary School, following the English National Curriculum, and 30 students in MYP.
LCIS is a small and new school which has many advantages, one of which is the enthusiasm and commitment of staff. LCIS is a great place to work: situated in a beautiful part of the world, it has small classes and a supportive parent body.
Scope and purpose of the job
The role of the French teacher/s is to teach courses in French, including where appropriate instruction in literature and cross-cultural studies. They should be masters of their language, demonstrating a high proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking in French. They should enthuse about their language and communicate their love of the language to their students, who should be highly motivated to learn and to use French both in and out of school.
Key tasks and responsibilities
The teacher of French is expected to:
- Motivate each pupil to develop competencies, knowledge and skills in aurally comprehending, speaking, reading and writing in French in accordance with each pupil’s ability.
- Provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each pupil.
- Interpret to pupils the culture of Switzerland and the culture of other countries where French is spoken.
- Discover and develop special talents of pupils in foreign language communication.
- Work closely with other members of the French department in advancing the teaching and learning of French (as a first and/or second language)
- Attend staff meetings relevant to curriculum development.
- Develop lesson plans and supplementary materials and resources to support the school French curricula.
- Provide positive learning experiences which develop basic and developing communication skills, making effective use of IT and other materials to support the programme.
- Establish and enforce behavioural standards for students.
- Assist students to become independent, life-long learners.
- Establish and maintain standards of pupil behaviour needed to provide an orderly, productive and effective classroom environment.
- Evaluate each pupil’s progress in aural comprehension, speaking, reading and writing of French in relationship to the level being taught.
- Communicate with parents and the school’s Senior Management Team on pupil progress.
- Supervises pupils in out-of-classroom activities as part of the regular curricular and extra curricular school programmes.
- Participate in curriculum and other professional developmental programmes and maintain professional competence through in-service education and performance management activities.
All staff are required to manage effective personal development as part of the Company’s commitment to invest in staff as the key resource in the organisation
Each individual must ensure that they meet their statutory responsibilities and Company policies with regard to Health and Safety, Equal Opportunities and other relevant legislation.
Any other appropriate duties as allocated by the Head Teacher / DP Co-ordinator/MYP Co-ordinator/ French Co-ordinator.
Person specification and requirements
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in teaching French as a First Language, linguistics, or a related field.
- Fluency in French.
- An understanding of the culture associated with the language.
- A strong desire to teach the subject.
- A patient, caring and creative classroom practitioner.
- An able user of the latest technology to ensure a productive learning environment.
- Experience with IB programmes would be an asset.
- Evidence of continuous INSET and commitment to further professional development.
- Adhere to all school policies particularly those pertaining to Equal Opportunities, Health and Safety, SEN and Child Protection.
- Develop good personal relationships within a team.
- Establish and develop close relationships with parents and the community, specifically building and maintaining relationships with other libraries, nationally and internationally, including those of universities.
- Communicate effectively (both written and verbal) to a variety of audiences, both in French and in English.
- Committed, motivated and well organised.
- Pro-active, showing initiative and leadership.
The above job description and person specification is a guide to the duties, professional responsibilities and core competencies pertaining to this job. It does not form part of the contract of employment.