Teach TEFL in Syria

Date posted:2009-07-21 | Writer: British Council | Email: [email protected]

The British Council Syria has vacancies for qualified TEFL teachers to join our thriving team of teachers in Damascus from September 5th. The teaching centre is in a prime location in central Damascus and we have excellent ELT resources for both students and teachers. Most of our students are young adults who need English for work, although many enjoy the social aspect of attending classes as well. We offer a range of adult courses including business and IELTS preparation, and a growing number of courses for Young Learners. Teachers benefit from support for professional development including grants for further studies such as DELTA.

Syria is a pleasant and welcoming country to live in with a rich cultural heritage. The cost of living is significantly lower than in Europe.

SALARY: Paid in two parts: partly in local currency and partly in Sterling, to a UK bank account. The local salary for teachers is SYP 458245 per annum. [June 2009: GB £1 = 74.80 SYP]. The Sterling element is paid on a variable scale according to your qualifications and experience. The scale ranges from GB £4520 – 7420 per annum. Teachers with a Diploma are paid between GB £5164 – 7420 per annum. We also pay an allowance for accommodation (36,000 SYP per month) and utilities (4320 SYP per month) as well as matching contributions to a UK pension scheme (up to GB £1800 pa), return air fares to the UK and full BUPA medical insurance. Free Arabic lessons plus 35 days holiday per year.

Qualification Level: Cambridge ESOL CELTA, Trinity Cert. TESOL or equivalent TEFL certificate; university degree; high level of proficiency in the use of English; at least 1000 hours experience of teaching EFL (including at least 800 hours with adults and 200 hours with teenagers). For teachers with a Diploma we require at least 1900 hours experience of teaching EFL (including at least 1500 hours with adults and 400 hours with teens).

Contract Type: Fixed term – two years

Hours: 36 per week, 24 class contact hours

Contact us by e-mail at the address given on the job heading to apply.

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.


Well, this was a pretty interesting Unit, I could clearly see the difference between the videos and how a class can be damaged if isn't well prepared and if the teacher doesn't have a good attitude in class. But, I wasn't able to properly listen the sound and sometimes the students expressions because of the big logo in it. Besides these things it was an okay Unit. (What's that irritating board mark noise?).Receptive skills are as important as productive skills and I believe teachers should balance between this two skills in their classroom to ensure there is an improvement in all levels.Teachers should encourage the use of this skills as much as they can so that students can approach the world in a vibrant and dynamic way without fear of,\" did I do it right or wrong?\" Language is fun and really interesting.