Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA4-LN 0922) . Job Reference: 1888039

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 28, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category



School of Modern Languages and Cultures


£23,715 - £27,131 per annum, pro rata


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Open to internal candidates only.

All Graduate Teaching Assistants are University of Warwick students, mostly postgraduates, employed on a fixed-term basis to support academic staff at the University by performing teaching or teaching related duties in line with academic needs and student requirements. GTA positions provide a development opportunity for postgraduate students to enhance their teaching skills in preparation for more senior teaching posts in future and to achieve professional recognition.

GTAs will be employed at the University for a period of 2 years or until they graduate and will be allocated a minimum of 20 hours of work in any one term per any one academic year through the duration of their contract.

Postgraduate students must ensure that they receive permission from their PhD supervisor prior to accepting a GTA position, as well as understand their visa and funding limitations.

The French department of The School of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Warwick invites applications for two Graduate Teaching Assistant positions available for the academic year 2022-23. The department is likely to require support for the delivery of French Language and Cultural module classes for the following modules:FR101-30 Modern French Language IFR121-30 The Story of Modern France. This is not an exhaustive list and additional teaching needs may arise in other areas of the French Studies curriculum. The teaching will be face-to-face but please be aware that circumstances could mean moving the provision online. The department values diversity, aims to challenge discrimination, and promotes equality. We are committed to strengthening our equality and diversity agenda both in relation to our community (students and staff), our research, and our curricula. Please submit a CV and a supporting statement addressing how you meet the person specification. Individuals who are applying to teach in SMLC for the first time upon being shortlisted will additionally be asked to attend a virtual interview. Once all recruitment stages have been completed, offers will be made to the successful candidates. Interview date: w/c 19 September 2022

Job Description


Undertake language teaching tasks within a class, seminar, and tutorial or equivalent context in order to progress the student learning. We require support in particular with oral language classes and grammar and translation, from and into French.


Research and Scholarship

- Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills

Teaching and Learning Support

- Teach French language within a class, seminar, tutorial or equivalent context, in support of teaching for which members of the academic staff have primary responsibility, within an established programme of study

- Teach using a variety of teaching methods in the classroom within a syllabus as devised by academic staff

- Develop own teaching methods and approaches

- Develop supplementary teaching materials with appropriate guidance and support where required

- Ensure that the content, methods of delivery and learning materials meet the defined learning objectives

- Supervise the work of students, where required by the department, providing advice on study and learning

- Apply appropriate assessment methods and criteria, assess the work and progress of students

- Undertake formal assessment of students which could include setting and marking work applying academic judgement and integrity and knowledge of area

- Provide constructive oral and written feedback to students, possibly in one to one feedback sessions

Administrative and Other duties

- Undertake duties related to course administration including but not limited to monitoring attendance records

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree (in a relevant language area) (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Undertaking postgraduate research in French Studies (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Interpersonal and communication skills: Native or near-native proficiency in written and spoken French; aptitude to demonstrate and communicate ideas and methods to students drawing on specialist knowledge in the discipline (c)

Essential Criteria 4

Good interpersonal and communication skills; ability to explain and communicate complex problems, ideas and concepts clearly and effectively (c)

Essential Criteria 5

Breadth and depth of knowledge of subject in order to deal with issues or queries raised by students (a)

Essential Criteria 6

An aptitude for teaching, awareness of varied methods and techniques; and a willingness to engage in training in relation to teaching (c)

Essential Criteria 7

Knowledge of appropriate technology and media to enhance language learning both online and face-to-face (a)

Essential Criteria 8

Ability to work in a team and collaborate with colleagues in the delivery of teaching (c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Experience of teaching French language to non-native speakers at university undergraduate or pre-university level (to B2/C1 level) (a)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of delivering teaching in an online environment (a)

Desirable Criteria 3

Experience of teaching French literature, history and/or culture (a)

Further Particulars

Right to work in the UK We wish to advise applicants that this role is not eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker visa. If you do not yet have the right to work in the UK you will need to check the UK Government website page Apply for a UK visa to see if you are eligible to obtain right to work in the UK through one of the other UK immigration routes before you make your application.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

28 Sep 2022

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The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...