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ELL Teacher

Posted 29/11/2023 10:01AM


ELL Teacher



Employee Group


Reports to

ELL Coordinator

Works collaboratively with

Principals, Vice-Principals, IB Programme Coordinators, Secondary School ELL Language Acquisition (LAQE) and English Language Modified (LLEM) teachers, Grade level leads, Grade level subject/homeroom teachers, ELL Coordinator, Head of Inclusion



KEY ACCOUNTABILITY (Main purpose of this job):

ELL teachers work under the leadership of the Primary or Secondary School Administration and the ELL Coordinator to maximise the English language learning outcomes for identified ELL students.


  • Bachelor’s degree and related teaching certificate/credential.
  • Minimum of two years’ teaching experience in an ELL teaching environment.
  • Experience related to guiding and supporting the acquisition of English as a part of an ELL language support programme.
  • Experience in teaching English Language Acquisition within the PYP framework.


  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Awareness of cultural diversity and third culture families and an ability to communicate effectively with ELL students and their parents.
  • Knowledge of recent research in the field of language acquisition and ELL education.
  • Literate in the use of information technology and student achievement data.
  • Skill in communicating an understanding of the strengths of the ELL programme within the grade level.

RESPONSIBILITIES (Key areas of responsibility):

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Advocate for ELL learners.
  • Identify ELL students in the grade and develop a programme of intervention, support, and outcomes in collaboration with subject teachers.
  • Closely monitor ELL students’ learning success and intervene as appropriate.
  • Maintain record keeping in compiling a profile and outcomes achieved for each student. This record needs to be available to the ELL Coordinator at all times.
  • Provide support for students as determined by an ongoing needs analysis.
  • Provide ELL in-class and/or pull-out instruction to students in assigned grade level.
  • Employ a variety of instructional techniques and teaching strategies to meet different learning needs and interests of students, including whole group (co-teaching) / small-group or individual personalized learning during opportune periods (SMART or other) throughout the week.
  • Evaluate students’ language growth and maintain accurate records.
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with parents of students in the programme to inform parents of concerns or progress.
  • Continuously monitor LAQE (primary and secondary) and LLEM (secondary) courses, and modify learning engagements, assessments and learning outcomes as appropriate.
  • Collaborate and/or co-plan with subject teachers to support differentiated instruction.
  • Support assessment of a student’s English proficiency including ongoing internal moderation.
  • In consultation with the ELL Coordinator, support the successful transition of students into the appropriate Secondary School mainstream programme.
  • Develop appropriate curriculum (resources and strategies) to help ELL students acquire the English language. Included in this is understanding and applying the IB PYP/MYP Command terms.
  • Assist in administering required language proficiency and academic achievement tests for determining placement or progress.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Know, understand, and support the school’s Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Learning Principles.
  • Ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students in accordance with CIS administrative policies and divisional procedures.
  • Participate in ELL team meetings and grade level meetings.
  • Meet the expectations as outlined in the Primary/Secondary School ELL teacher Job Description and the CIS Teacher Standards.
  • Contribute to community building, professional learning and staff meetings as required or assigned.
  • Attend and participate in school-sponsored activities (i.e, back-to school night, open house, parent interviews and other activities customarily attended by classroom teachers and/or faculty members), which may be outside of regular school hours.
  • Develop and implement an Individual Work Plan (IWP) under the direction of the ELL Coordinator, and complete the requirements of the Individual Work Plan (IWP).


  • Culturally competent and able to work with culturally diverse staff and students in a bilingual and multilingual setting.
  • An effective communicator with the capacity to listen, empathize, and connect, as well as teach, present, and motivate
  • A lifelong learner who keeps up-to-date with current research and best practices in teaching and learning.
  • A facilitator able to build strong and productive relationships with students, parents, academic and non-academic staff, and the community
  • A change agent, who can motivate and manage positive change in complex environments.
  • A strategic thinker who is able to see connections between the school’s vision and mission and IB programme philosophy and create action steps to move the school forward
  • An activator with motivation, energy, and enthusiasm to spare
  • A producer who is results oriented and has a strong sense of accountability for student success
  • A character builder and role model, whose values, words, and deeds are marked by trustworthiness, respect, and integrity
  • An active contributor whose priority is making contributions to the development and success of others

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