Part-time Teacher of English

Date: 02-Jun-2021

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, East Asia, VN

Company: British Council

The British Council builds connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and other countries through arts and culture, education and the English language.

We work in two ways – directly with individuals to transform their lives, and with governments and partners to make a bigger difference for the longer term, creating benefit for millions of people all over the world. We help young people to gain the skills, confidence and connections they are looking for to realise their potential and to participate in strong and inclusive communities. We support them to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications. Our work in arts and culture stimulates creative expression and exchange and nurtures creative enterprise. We connect the best of the UK with the world and the best of the world with the UK.

These connections lead to an understanding of each other's strengths and of the challenges and values that we share. This builds trust between people in the UK and other nations which endures even when official relations may be strained. We work on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2019-20 we connected with 80 million people directly and with 791 million overall, including online and through our broadcasts and publications.

Job Title : Part-Time (PT) Teacher of English (Young Learner specialist)

Role Purpose

  • To assure effective teaching and learning of English
  • To support the wider aims of the British Council and its cultural relations mission

About British Council Vietnam

The British Council’s teaching presence currently counts three locations in Ho Chi Minh City and, three in Hanoi and new centres slated for opening in 2021/2022' as part of an ambitious project to very significantly expand our presence over the coming years to respond to market demand and opportunity.

This is creating opportunities for employment in ELT in a country which is a dynamic, diverse and exciting place to live and work.

The teaching activity has a national management structure, with a Director of English Language Services (DELS) supported by Heads of Adult and Young Learner products, Operations and other Business Support teams, 14 Academic and Academic Operations Managers and a similar number of Coordinators.

Teachers are usually assigned to work in one teaching location, although sometimes work in more than one location is required.

Teaching young learners (aged 5 to 17) represents over 70% of the activity nationally. The British Council currently delivers courses to around 4,500 young learners and 1,700 adults at any one time. This is expected to grow substantially in the coming months and years, and the new centres will be dedicated mainly to young learner teaching.

New recruits will be joining a diverse international team of over 100 English teaching professionals supported by an extensive academic management team. The focus on professional development and effective teaching is strong, with a well-developed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme, involving both in-service training and support to pursue externally delivered qualification courses.

The opportunity to develop professionally within a supportive, experienced and diverse team is one of the strongest attractions for teachers, combined with the opportunity to experience life and work in a fast-developing country with a rich cultural heritage and international ambitions.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:

  • To plan, prepare and deliver effective English language teaching that meets the needs of different learner groups
  • To monitor progress and provide regular feedback to help manage learners’ performance throughout the course, and to actively promote learner autonomy
  • To contribute to the development, evaluation, and improvement of English language courses, materials and related services, in order to best meet learners’ needs
  • To complete teaching-related administrative tasks to specified standards
  • To actively engage in professional development and performance management systems and procedures to assure high standards in teaching and learning

Language requirements

  • High level of proficiency in English (equivalent to CEF C2, IELTS 8.5)


  • First Degree
  • CELTA or Trinity Certificate TESOL

Role Specific Knowledge & Experience

  • At least 1-year post-qualification experience (600 hours) covering at least two of the following age-groups
  • Young learners aged 6 to 10
  • Young learners aged 11 to 13
  • Young learners aged 14 to 17

Threshold requirements:

  • Applicants must be potentially eligible to work in Vietnam and must hold a passport which has at least two blank pages and at least 6 months’ remaining validity.
  • If offered the role, before starting work you will need to successfully pass pre-appointment screening (PAS), which will be carried out by a third-party provider
  • For work permit to be processed, notarized and legalized first degree, teaching certificates as well as a DBS (UK) and/or police check from previous country are required.
  • All staff have to undergo a medical examination, with certification ‘FIT FOR WORK’ status, prior to or on arrival for the purposes of obtaining a work permit.
  • The British Council cannot guarantee that work permit applications for people over 60 will be accepted. Although no maximum age for expatriate workers is specified, the authorities do, on occasion, refuse to issue work permits for applicants over 60 years old.

Further Information

  • Pay Band – Minimum 34,922,500 (50 hours guaranteed, likely to be more)

  • Contract Type – Part-Time (PT), 24 months

  • Location – Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)

Other Benefits

  • Inclusive recruitment
  • Guaranteed hours
  • Paid holiday
  • High salary
  • Paid, internationally recognised, professional development


  • Professional lesson resources and support
  • Fixed schedules with two consecutive days off each week

Other important features or requirements of the job

  • Teaching schedules typically involve both evening work and working on Saturdays and Sundays – the times at which most teaching activity takes place.
  • Teachers may be required to work in one or more centres in the city they are based in, but scheduling policy is to restrict teaching to one location only on any given day.
  • Schedules are subject to change periodically, but advance notice is given.
  • Part-time teachers are required to make themselves available to teach at least the monthly number of hours specified in their contract according to the schedule given.
  • Should operational needs require, teacher may be asked to carry out teaching-related non-teaching tasks in lieu of teaching (e.g. developing teaching materials, administrative tasks etc.) as part of their scheduled hours.
  • Part-time teachers may be offered more hours of teaching than in their core contract. If they accept, they will be paid additionally for these hours.
  • All teachers are required to contribute quality lesson materials as part of the shared planning scheme.

Covid-Related Restrictions:

If offered a position, we will begin the work to bring you to Vietnam at the first opportunity once all government and procedural standards have been met. Please be aware that Vietnam has currently shut down international flights and we need to apply for space for 'experts' on government sponsored chartered flights, and for this reason it might not be possible to relocate partners and dependents at the same time as the applicant, but we will make all efforts to make sure all are relocated as soon as is realistically possible.

If you are unable to relocate to Vietnam at time of job offer due to these restrictions, we will have to withdraw the job offer.

Please also note that all incoming passengers on international flights are currently quarantined for 14 days.

Closing Date –20th June 2021- 23:59 (Singapore Time)

Tentative Start Date: 16th August 2021

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Equality Statement

The British Council is committed to a policy of equality and to valuing diversity and is keen to reflect the diversity of the societies in which we work at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies.

The British Council has Disability Confident Employer Status. We offer a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the role. Applicants are encouraged to highlight any specific requirements or adjustments needed to enable participation in the recruitment process.

The British Council is committed to safeguarding children, young people and adults who we work with.

We believe that all children and adults everywhere in the world deserve to live in safe environments and have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse, maltreatment and exploitation as set out in article 19, UNCRC (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child) 1989.

Appointment to positions where there is direct involvement with vulnerable groups will be dependent on thorough checks being completed; these will include qualification checks, reference checks, identity & criminal record checks in line with legal requirements and with the British Council’s Safeguarding policies for Adults and Children.

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