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Foundation Programme Teacher

Posted 29/11/2023 09:40AM



Foundation Programme Teacher



Employee Group


Reports to

Primary Principal

Works collaboratively with

Teachers, Teacher in Charge of Foundation Programme



KEY ACCOUNTABILITY (Main purpose of this job):

To focus on providing high-quality English language education, facilitating a smooth transition between educational programs, and ensuring that teaching and learning practices align with the school's mission, vision, and values.

RESPONSIBILITIES (Key areas of responsibility):

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of theories and models of second language acquisition and their application.

  • Well-developed communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Awareness of cultural diversity and third culture families and an ability to communicate effectively with students and their parents.

  • Literate in the use of information technology and student achievement data.

  • Familiarity with CLIL based learning.

Curriculum and Instructional Responsibilities:

  • Uses data to inform instruction and to differentiate lessons.

  • Review the relevant CIS Curriculum documents throughout the year.

  • Collaboratively develop and implement unit and long-range plans with team members.

  • Develop and implement short-range plans that reflect students’ knowledge and identify learning outcomes, as mandated by the CIS Curriculum.

  • Conducts formative and summative assessment tasks in collaboration and consultation with team members.

  • Maintain daily/weekly lesson plans in a readily accessible format.

  • Help students thrive in a well-organised learning environment where students’ behaviour and classroom procedures are managed effectively.

  • Create an inspiring learning environment that invites inquiry, innovation and intellectual curiosity.

  • Align instructional content and practices with the relevant IB programme the FP students are aspiring to.

Professional Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of all students in accordance with CIS administrative policies and divisional procedures.

  • Know, understand, and support the school’s Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Learning Principles.

  • Participate in all Child Protection training.

  • Participate in the Individual Work Plan (IWP) process.

  • Meet the expectations as outlined in the CIS FP Teacher Job Description, the CIS Teacher Standards, and the CIS IB Programme Expectations for Teachers.

  • Solicit feedback from parents or students via surveys (end of course, end of unit-from students).

  • Develop and implement an Individual Work Plan (IWP) that supports the Division Work Plan (developed from the school’s Strategic Plan).

  • Reflect individually and collaboratively (IWP Meetings with Principal, FP Teacher in Charge) on the aforementioned components.

  • Provide feedback on the IWP process to school administrators.

  • Be actively involved in the Activities program, in special events (Carnival, Talent Shows, Steam Fair, Exhibition, etc.), and provide co-curricular and / or coaching as required based on skill set

  • Contribute to community building.

  • Be dependable (be where you are expected to be, complete tasks on time; punctual (arrive at school, meetings, etc. on time); and prepared for class (all materials set up and ready for student arrival; plans readily accessible).


  • Level 7 ELT qualification (e.g. MA in Applied Linguistics, DELTA etc.)

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.

  • Minimum of five years’ teaching experience in an ELL teaching environment.

  • Experience in equipping each student with the necessary English language skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) so that by the end of the year, they can fully participate in all learning activities with their peers and successfully meet the expectations of CIS's IB curriculum.


  • Minimum of five years’ teaching experience in an ELL teaching environment.

  • Knowledge of WIDA as an assessment tool.

  • Training and experience in the International Baccalaureate PYP or MYP preferred.


  • Culturally competent and able to work with culturally diverse staff and students in a bilingual and multilingual setting.

  • Effective selection and use of instructional strategies that leverage the linguistic and cultural assets of ELL students.

  • An effective communicator with the capacity to listen, empathise, 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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