Opportunity to Teach TEFL in The Dominican Republic

Date posted:2009-11-02 | Writer: Academia Internacional de Cabrera | Email: [email protected]

The Academia Internacional de Cabrera (AIC) is fully staffed for the 2009-2010 school year. However, the school is actively seeking CVs/resumes from energetic, creative teachers who are flexible and available in the event that one of our current staff leaves on short notice (e.g., due to a family emergency). AIC was established 2 years ago in the small town of Cabrera on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The aim of the school is to provide a quality, affordable bilingual education (Spanish and English) to local children.

The pre-K through 7th grade school has around 100 students (90 Dominicans and about a dozen foreign students, mostly from the US). There are currently 7 core staff (from the US), 3 local Spanish/social studies teachers, and several ancillary staff. AIC follows and adapted US curriculum and encourages teachers to integrate skills through project-based instruction. Unlike the local public schools, AIC offers full-day instruction (from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM). The school is relatively well resourced, but obtaining teaching materials and services such as photocopying and Internet connectivity can be challenging.

Incoming teachers would teach a class from pre-school to 7th grade. There is significant demand for English instruction by parents and other community members, so teachers with ESL/EFL teaching experience are encouraged to apply. Some knowledge of Spanish (or a willingness to learn) is very helpful for communication with students, parents and fellow teachers.

Cabrera is a small village along the picturesque North Coast of the country. It has a very authentic “parque” in the center of town, which is alive with music, dancing, Cuba libres and just “being seen” on the weekends. The town is peaceful and safe, with excellent access to a half-dozen world-class beaches (5-15 minutes drive in either direction).

Required qualifications
• Primary school teaching certificate or education degree

Preferred qualifications
• Enthusiastic
• Creative and resourceful
• Collegial
• ESL/ESL teaching experience. TEFL / TESOL qualifications a distinct advantage. 
• Montessori training (for pre-school teachers) a plus
• Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
• Experience living and working in a developing country

Compensation

This position promises a good professional experience and a nice place to live for a year (or more), but is closer to a volunteer assignment or full-year internship. AIC is partly supported by private donors and student tuition, which is kept low to allow lower and middle-income residents of Cabrera to attend. Foreign teachers are provided $500/month and a small housing allowance – enough to live comfortably (but not extravagantly) in Cabrera. Unfortunately, travel expenses to and from the DR cannot be covered.

About Cabrera

Cabrera is a small village along the picturesque North Coast of the country. It has a very authentic “parque” in the center of town, which is alive with music, dancing, Cuba libres and just “being seen” on the weekends. The town is peaceful and safe, with excellent access to a half-dozen world-class beaches (5-15 minutes drive in either direction).

Contact

Please send resume and an expression of interest to Will Radecki at the e-mail address given on the job heading. For questions or more information, please email or call (831) 621-3865. We are happy to receive resumes for short-term alternates all year, and begin staffing for the 2010-2011 school year in March, 2010.

Below you can read feedback from an ITTT graduate regarding one section of their online TEFL certification course. Each of our online courses is broken down into concise units that focus on specific areas of English language teaching.

 

I was waiting for this lesson. When I first was thinking of teaching English I was initially fearful of the idea of teaching those with zero background in the language. However, after reading this lesson, I am less afraid. I still worry that I will not provide the needed direction and enthusiasm for a student to want to continue learning, but with this as a resource and guide, I am confident that I can try.many different teaching aids can be used to make lessons more interesting, effective and less dependent on the textbook. different schools, of course, have different resources available to teachers. there are some common resources often found in classrooms and study centers like the white board, IWB, OHP, visual aids. they all have advantages and disadvantages. teachers should plan the use of teaching aids.


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