American English Center – one of Ukraine’s leading English Language Schools – has been using North Americans to teach its proprietary language program for more than 10 years. Currently, more than 40 North Americans and 100 Ukrainians teach English to more than 3,200 young adults at 10 locations in Ukraine’s major cities (populations greater than 1,000,000) such as Kiev, Dnepropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhya, Odessa, and Kharkov.
Exploding foreign investment and rapid expansion of Ukraine’s economy is sharply increasing the demand for English language skills. American English Center is meeting Ukraine’s needs by opening new locations and is searching for North American’s to lead conversational English courses at the basic, core, advanced, and business level.
Are you interested? Read on
American English Center is a respected name in Ukraine. It has built a solid reputation with teachers and students. More than 80% of the schools students join through referral. We are serious about our program and believe it provides results that speak for themselves. We are so confident that we offer our students a refund if they are not happy with their course or instructor.
WHAT WE OFFER STUDENTS
AEC provides results and value to its students. AEC’s proprietary language program teaches English sentence structures similar to a program developed at the University of Michigan. Young adults in the average range of 18-35 years receive 6 hours of direct instruction per week. The 6 hours is split between Ukrainian and North American teachers in class sizes of no more than 12 students. Ukrainian nationals teach grammar in Ukrainian and North Americans reinforce grammar through exercises teaching commonly used sentence structures. In addition, because the school believes the best way to learn a language is to use it, students practice their language skills in the more than 4 hours of daily conversation groups.
To ensure student satisfaction English competency is tested of all students by a special placement manager and students are placed in appropriate levels. After each seven-week semester the students’ level is tested before the student advances to the next level.
What AEC is looking for…
American English Center looks for teachers that go beyond the essentials of teaching conversational English, but also want to expose Ukrainians to and share their cultural perspectives with their students. AEC selects teachers based upon their potential to lead classes as well as their ability to fit into the faculty community.
American English Center trains its teachers with a 10 day intensive training program that includes classroom observation, mock teaching, guest teaching, and teaching philosophies. Teachers continue to improve their teaching schools through periodic seminars and classroom evaluation. Thus, there isn’t a need for teachers to hold any type of teaching certificates.
Requirements for teachers include:
~ University degree — new and recent grads encouraged to apply
~ North American’s whose first language is English (no heavy accents)
~ Ability to illustrate the use of grammar in conversational English
~ 12-month or 8-month commitment
** All new teachers must participate in AEC’s training program. Therefore, ESL certificates are not required.
TEACHING AT AMERICAN ENGLISH CENTER
AEC works on a 7-week semester system. AEC schools are open Sunday – Thursday. Weekday hours range from 4pm – 10pm and Sunday hours vary by location. School locations are closed on Friday and Saturday. During the academic year teachers receive a minimum of 26 student contact hours per week in the form of lessons and conversation groups.
Hours are usually in blocks without split shifts, although at times teaching in the corporate program is necessary.
The use of a structured program removes the need for teachers to spend out of classroom time creating syllabi and lesson plans. Teachers express their creativity within the framework of the structured lesson.
Teachers also do not check homework or grade exams; AEC has a lab assistants do this. Thus, there is minimal prep time for classes and contact time closely replicates work hours.
For their work teachers receive remuneration as follows:
~ GUARANTEED MINIMUM net of 11,210uah over a 7-week period (approximately $2385.11 usd based on an exchange rate of 4.7uah to $1) paid every two weeks during the academic year.
~ 2 bonus systems based on student enrollment & student retention
~ Opportunities for increased pay through additional hours and corporate work
~ Controlled and subsidized rent with electricity with ceiling at 1800uah ($382) per month.
AEC also offer a variety of benefits to its teachers including:
– one week off after each semester. Two and three week summer and new year vacations
– apartment finding and roommate matching
– free introductory Russian lessons with textbook provided (twice per week)
– FT teacher services manager to assist with daily life (airport pickup)
– gsm mobile phone loan with sim card loan (not service)
– Opportunity to transfer between cities to experience more of Ukraine.
– Visa support letter provided to teachers
– teacher get-togethers
AEC expects from its teachers the following:
– to contribute ideas and feedback to develop the programs and school
– to arrive early and be prepared to teach classes
– to dress and act professionally
– to participate in ongoing training
– to attend monthly staff meetings
– to prepare a mid-semester student evaluations.
1. SEND your resume and cover letter to jonpernick@AmericanEnglish.ua in the Human Resource department.
2. INCLUDE in the subject line dates of interest.
3. You’ll be notified that your resume was received.
4. If you possess the qualities AEC needs a telephone interview will be arranged.
For additional information contact:
Jonathan Pernick, RPCV, Ukraine 2005
I look forward to receiving your resumes.