Language Link prides itself on having a strong team of Directors of Studies to support the teaching body, provide quality academic support and ensure the high standard of our academic programmes. A Director of Studies needs the qualifications and experience to be able to do this effectively.
Director of Studies Profile
In hiring Directors of Studies teachers, Language Link looks for qualifications, experience and certain soft skills. The role of a Director of Studies typically involves teaching a set number of academic hours each week, carrying out observations and tutorials, running teacher training sessions and workshops, assisting in materials preparation and general academic support.
(Please note that an equivalent TEFL certificate programme should include 100 - 120 hours of classroom instruction AND 6 - 8 hours of observed, practical classroom instruction. The examples of accepted qualifications are: RSA/Cambridge or Trinity College London Certificate, or RSA/ Cambridge Diploma or Trinity College Licentiate Diploma.
Much of the success that a Director of Studies will enjoy will result from his or her ability to be flexible, open-minded, quick thinking and outgoing. In that the role involves supporting teachers, excellent people skills are needed to know how to read and react to situations of both an academic and pastoral nature.
The job of Director of Studies is not easy. It requires your time and energy. As such, a willingness to work hard and see the job as a significant step in a long-term career, either in or outside EFL is essential. So, too, is a willingness to give of oneself and one's skills to people who are depending upon them. No less important is a willingness to learn and continue one's own professional development.
A Director of Studies must lead by example through a commitment to the company's standards of professionalism. This includes excellent time-keeping, dress code, and paperwork.
A Director of Studies should show that they have a sound foundation in the principles of communicative teaching methodology in their approach. However, in joining Language Link, a Director of Studies should recognise that they are joining a company with well-established principles and procedures and be willing and flexible to adapt these ideas.