Teachers will be happier if they possess a genuine interest in teaching, assisting others and being part of a learning community.
It is very important to underline that we work following a structure of communication and responsibility with specific duties assigned to people in charge of administration. Also, we all follow the rules and regulations specified in our Child Protection Code of Conduct, Ministry of Education’s rules, Privacy Statement, School’s Rules and Regulations, etc. If a teacher knowingly decides to overlook any of the regulations, the school will not be able to support him/ her and this may be a cause for breach of contract. A teaching job in Mexico is not too different from a teaching job elsewhere. There are a number of advantages in working within the Mexican regulatory framework for schools, but that also means that we are all bound by legal and administrative responsibilities inherent to teaching.
The following information aims to give you as clear a picture as possible of what a teaching job with Culturalia entails. Fortunately, this is quite a relaxed place where negative incidents are minor and rare. The policies we have in place are intended to prevent undesirable situations and to preserve a great work atmosphere and a safe work environment.
Our students are at the heart of everything we do and teachers play a very important role in what we do.
Child Protection Code of Conduct
Teachers must carefully read and sign the Child Protection Code of Conduct. Any violation of the Child Protection Code of Conduct will result in breach of contract with Culturalia and the application of the corresponding protocol.
Rules and Regulations
Teachers must attend an induction session during which all aspects of the contract and school regulations are explained. It is however, the teacher’s responsibility to keep track of all duties and legal obligations that the job involves. For this purpose, a copy of the “School’s rules and regulations” is always available online, in our Google Drive under “Important Information”. However, teachers can ask freely any related questions to the director or sub-director during the daily meetings.
Teachers are hired as independent professionals working for the organisation to bring students up to the next level of English each semester. This consists of a number of activities (see “Teaching Strategy” and “Contract” below ) but generally speaking, it involves all the necessary tasks to support their students to advance from one level of English language ability to the next above. Teachers are expected to monitor and evaluate the students’ progress, let administration know of possible placement errors and keep records of academic or disciplinary problems that they encounter.
Through the years we have learned from experience on how to best deal with our students’ study habits in their first language, how textbooks can best help us reach learning objectives and how our students’ context influences what we can achieve in the ESL/EFL classroom.
At the moment, we use a communicative language teaching approach and task-based activities to train students in the four skills – Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. We also teach and test English grammar and vocabulary.
Teachers are expected to plan and organize their lessons using the syllabus, road map and textbook as their tools. Nonetheless, teachers are also encouraged to use their creativity and other authentic and interesting resources available in order to facilitate the learning process.
We also encourage teachers to use technology in the classroom.
In order to help students to learn autonomously and get extra practise outside the classroom, students complete a set of work called “Portfolios”.
Portfolios’ objectives are to give students extra practice on vocabulary and grammar. If necessary, listening, writing, reading and speaking are also included. We aim to teach our students to follow instructions; and to provide the class-teacher with an important insight into individual student’s understanding of the topics taught in class. It is important to underline that portfolios are not meant to substitute class work, but to support it.
Portfolios are made up of several Study Sessions (usually six) and are strictly linked to the group level, class topics and objectives. Study sessions consist of activities to be completed outside the classroom, but on the school premises, under the supervision of the portfolio teacher or tutor.
It is the teacher’s responsibility to familiarize themselves with their groups portfolios’ content, mark portfolios, continuously check on their students’ progress, and let the senior teacher/academic coordinator know of any issue concerning students’ work.
Students must complete all portfolio activities by the scheduled deadline and teachers must mark and give feedback to students. Portfolios are the way we assess Grammar and Vocabulary. Apart from attending classes, students are expected to sign in for portfolio sessions once a week. Saturday students work on their portfolios at home.
Administrative Duties (marking, planning etc)
Teachers are expected to dedicate the necessary time to planning. Teachers are also expected to hold some administrative duties such as record keeping, attendance, exam and portfolios marking and participate in workshops and activities with students.
At the beginning of every module, teachers must design a “road map” with the key learning objectives that need to be covered in every class/week. Tests, quizzes and the official midterm and final exams are also scheduled in the roadmap. The aim of the roadmaps is to keep us all on track with the term calendar. It also helps teacher with decision making on the most important learning objectives, early in the term. In turn this process will facilitate lesson planning and will help make sure nothing important is overlooked.
Additionally, we also use Google Drive to store and share school files. Teachers are required to upload their lesson plans, road maps and other important planning tools on specific Google Drive folders.
On Mondays to Thursdays between 1.00 – 2.00 pm, teachers meet with management to go over class progress, concerns and questions. This hour is also when staff development sessions are held and teachers are able to plan their lessons and ask administration for materials or any other administrative issues.
Resources and Materials
You will be responsible for the proper use of the computer and projector in your classroom. You will need to return the textbooks in acceptable condition at the end of the term. All other personal expenses are your responsibility.