What to expect as a residential summer school teacher

By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at Summer TEFL Jobs

What to expect as a residential summer school teacher

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Many summer schools have residential summer TEFL jobs as well as standard positions. This is usually for two reasons. The schools need responsible adults to supervise the teenage students, carry out administrative duties and arrange fun activities outside of the times allotted for English lessons. Also many summer schools are in relatively out of the way, rural locations. In order to encourage teachers to take up positions, they often offer them free or heavily subsidised accommodation plus full or half board options.

Residential teachers may or may not be required to do extra duties. If they are it’s usually reflected in their pay. The sorts of thing you may be required to do as a residential teacher are as follows:

  • Morning teaching duties.
  • Organising afternoon games and excursions.
  • Checking student attendance at various points during the day.
  • Ensuring students behave to an acceptable standard.
  • Liaising with group leaders about student welfare and behaviour.
  • Dropping off and collecting students at arranged meeting points.

If you are tolerant of teenagers then being a residential teacher with additional duties can be a rewarding experience. However it can be equally daunting and stressful for those not prepared for it. If you are not good with teenagers it might be best to stick to purely English teaching duties.


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