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Primary School English Teacher

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Openings

48 currently recruiting

Service Dates

June 29, 2020 - September 16, 2022

Application Window

August 1, 2019 - January 1, 2020

Location

  • South Africa

Contact Information

Rachel Hatch
rhatch2@peacecorps.gov

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Description

The main focus of the Literacy Enrichment Project (LEP) is to teach English to children in the first 3 years of their primary school education. English language learning is a high priority of the South African government to enable students to be successful. Although English is the official language of instruction in the upper grade classrooms in South Africa, teachers in many rural areas must rely upon local language to explain things to students who have limited exposure to English. Class sizes are often large, and teachers have limited time to provide individual support. Volunteers are recruited for their interest in directly teaching English during their service. The Volunteer will be expected to adhere to the curriculum provided by the Department of Education in South Africa: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for English First Additional Language (FAL). The Volunteer is required to:
• Independently teach English FAL to students aged about 5 – 10 (grades 1-3).
• Tutor extra English FAL to small groups of students, up to grade 7.
• Possibly teach two grades in the same classroom (multi-grade teaching).
• Promote differentiated learning, remedial reading and/or phonemic awareness in the early grades.
• Support school-related activities including the development and promotion of libraries.

Given the complexities of living and working in South Africa, all Volunteers within South Africa receive training in HIV prevention and mitigation. Education Volunteers specifically receive training to address the impact of the epidemic among youth. Beyond an Education Volunteer's commitment to his/her primary assignment of classroom teaching, most Volunteers in South Africa engage in secondary activities that focus on HIV prevention and mitigation with children and youth. Volunteers also receive training on incorporating methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts. Volunteers find culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness and youth empowerment into their work as teachers and through secondary projects. Secondary projects include activities such as coaching or training in sports or after-school English literacy enrichment programs and HIV/AIDS awareness training.

The main focus of the Literacy Enrichment Project (LEP) is to teach English to children in the first 3 years of their primary school education. English language learning is a high priority of the South African government to enable students to be successful. Although English is the official language of instruction in the upper grade classrooms in South Africa, teachers in many rural areas must rely upon local language to explain things to students who have limited exposure to English. Class sizes are often large, and teachers have limited time to provide individual support. Volunteers are recruited for their interest in directly teaching English during their service. The Volunteer will be expected to adhere to the curriculum provided by the Department of Education in South Africa: Curriculum Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) for English First Additional Language (FAL). The Volunteer is required to:
• Independently teach English FAL to students aged about 5 – 10 (grades 1-3).
• Tutor extra English FAL to small groups of students, up to grade 7.
• Possibly teach two grades in the same classroom (multi-grade teaching).
• Promote differentiated learning, remedial reading and/or phonemic awareness in the early grades.
• Support school-related activities including the development and promotion of libraries.

Given the complexities of living and working in South Africa, all Volunteers within South Africa receive training in HIV prevention and mitigation. Education Volunteers specifically receive training to address the impact of the epidemic among youth. Beyond an Education Volunteer's commitment to his/her primary assignment of classroom teaching, most Volunteers in South Africa engage in secondary activities that focus on HIV prevention and mitigation with children and youth. Volunteers also receive training on incorporating methods of gender analysis into community assessment and development efforts. Volunteers find culturally appropriate ways to incorporate gender awareness and youth empowerment into their work as teachers and through secondary projects. Secondary projects include activities such as coaching or training in sports or after-school English literacy enrichment programs and HIV/AIDS awareness training.
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Benefits

Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training

Education Requirements

College Graduate

Desired Languages

English

Other Conditions

Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check

Service Details

Focus Areas

Education & Youth

Weekly Hours

40

Service Type

Combination of direct and indirect service

Service Environment

Indoor and Outdoor

Placement

Individual Placement

Service Setting

Community-based Nonprofit, Community Development Organization, Early Childhood Program, Elementary School, Health Clinic/Other Health Organization, Higher Education Institution, High School, Hospital, Local Educational Agency, Local Government Agency, Recreation or Youth Center, Social Enterprise (nonprofit)

Activity Types

Hands On Activities, Office Activities, Professional Activities

Contact Information

Rachel Hatch
rhatch2@peacecorps.gov

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