Position Type: Teaching Assistant
Contract Type: Full-time
Apply by: January 31, 2020
Job Start: 30th March 2020 or earlier
JOB DESCRIPTION - Teaching and Learning Assistant (ELL)
RESPONSIBLE TO: The Head of School, LES Coordinator
Applicants for a teaching assistant position should be fluent English speakers, a high proficiency of written English is also required. Experience of working with children will be an advantage, as will holding an English language teaching certification e.g. TESOL, CELTA. Work visa requirements mean that non Japanese applicants should hold a degree.
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- Support children identified as beginning or developing their English language learning.
- Work in partnership with staff to promote the well being of ELL children and to ensure that the language learning needs of this group of students are met.
Specific Responsibilities: The Role of the ELL Teaching Assistant is divided into five areas:
Standard 1: Professional Attributes contributing to the School as a whole:
- Support and promote school policies and school values
- Be a professional role model for colleagues and students
- Develop and maintain positive, professional working relationships with colleagues
- Provide effective, collaborative support for colleagues
- Be flexible and adaptable as required
- Liaise effectively but professionally with parents
- Promote a positive image of SMIS both within and outside school
- Review and develop your own professional practice
Standard 2: Professional Knowledge contributing to the school as a whole
- Actively seek and engage with professional development
- Understand the key factors that affect children’s language learning and progress
- Understand the objectives, content and intended outcomes for the learning activities you are involved in
- Promote positive attitudes to language learning
- Know how to use ICT effectively to support professional duties
Standard 3: Supporting the overall learning process
- Assist in preparing and maintaining a positive learning environment
- Contribute to planning and evaluation of lessons
- Observe and report on ELL pupil performance
- Identify gaps in learning which hinder pupil progress
- Provide feedback to the teacher on language learning
- Support the assessment and reporting of the development of ELL students in collaboration with class teachers and others where appropriate.
- Prepare, maintain and organise ELL resources
Standard 4: Supporting learning through targeted intervention
- Confident to deliver ELL activities and lessons to individuals or small groups under the guidance of other professionals
- Support ELL pupil’s access to the curriculum through restructuring and rephrasing the teacher’s instruction
- Use appropriate questioning techniques to extend and support learning or clear up misconceptions
- Provide for or direct students to select the most suitable scaffolds or support materials to enhance learning
- Collaborate with class teachers to help ensure that ELL pupils receive the most appropriate support and resources in the classroom.
- Model and explain appropriate language and vocabulary
- Use positive language, encouragement and specific praise where relevant
Standard 5: Supporting the pastoral development of pupils:
- Help with the care and support of all pupils within the school
- Support pupils in developing positive relations with others
- Contribute to pupil development of self reliance and self esteem
- Promote pupil’s social and emotional development
- Support new ELL students in adjusting to the SMIS setting
- Promote effective communication amongst peers and with adults
- Promote independence rather than over reliance on adult help
- Ensure pupils are maintaining school expectations supported through school values
- Uphold safeguarding and child protection procedures within school
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
Any other reasonable duties/responsibilities that the Head of School may from time to time ask the post holder to perform.
St. Michael’s International School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults.