1/ Spring-Summer 2018
2/ Academic Year 25 September 2018-25 June 2019
Established in 1991, privately owned and managed, YORK SCHOOL is one of the leading English schools in Poland. It has been accredited by the Polish Association for Standards in English PASE since 1997 with 6 succesfull inspections based on the PASE Recognition Scheme www.pase.pl. In 2004, as the first school in Europe apart from the UK, YORK became a member of QUALITY ENGLISH The Best of Independent English Language Schools www.quality-english.com.
YORK SCHOOL offers top quality courses all year round for approximately 80 groups inclusive in-company training; it specializes in conversation/General English courses with experienced native speakers; Cambridge exams preparation -(95% pass -statistics since 1999, YORK is an internal examination centre for its own students); Business and other ESP courses for individuals, companies and institutions. York groups sizes: 7-12 children and teenagers; 7-10 adults 19+; also groups 1-3; 4, 5-6 on request and one to one by individual arrangement (needs analysis programmme)
We provide a personal service and excellent facilities: comfortable stylish and well-equipped classrooms, staff room, resource centre with photocopying facilities. Blended learning method- comminicative method with traditional methos combined with an emphasis on communication aspect of the language with the use of new technologies like interactive whiteboards, multimedia, digital materials, MyLab. And …welcome to our beautiful York garden.
We offer excellent EFL teaching opportunities and a package of Professional Guidance with the Induction Day and teachers Manual to start with. There is a possibility of promotion opportunities to become a senior teacher & an ADOS.
- B.A. / M.A. Diploma
- TEFL Certificate or Diploma (Cambridge CELTA, Trinity or equivalents i.e. min.80 hours & 6 hours observed TP – native speakers)
- preferably minimum one year teaching experience
- motivation, commitment and enthusiasm
The ideal candidate is reliable, responsible, highly motivated and flexible (being able to work with all age groups and course specializations) articulate and willing to work closely with students, management and the staff. Artistic talents will be appreciated.
- General English / Conversation at all levels and age groups from beginners to proficiency levels A1-C2
- Cambridge ESOL exams: IELTS, First Certificate in English FCE at level B2, Advanced Cerificate CAE at C1, Certificate of Proficiency in English at C2 – Council of Europe Global Scale – reference: Common European Framework of Reference for Language
- Business English, also preparation for ESOL BEC and LCCI exams
- Young Learners – age 7-10 & 11-12 at 5 levels of English
- Young Teenagers – 13-15 at 6 levels
- Teenagers -16-19 at 9 levels of English
- Adults 19+ at 10 levels from beginners to post-proficiency
- in company training
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- Welcome Package: Teachers’ Manual and York Diary
- a 3 room school flat 700 zł pp ( approx. 150GBP) a month + approx 200zł inclusive utilities; or 3 day accommodation on arrival to new staff. We advise sharing with other teachers and we offer help in finding a flat.
- minimum 9 months full-time (average 26 hours a week) renewable employment contract
- competitive local salary paid twice monthly
- paid overtime available for tutorials, substitutes, clubs or running workshops
- end of the year flexibility & performance bonus
- insurance & Polish retirement, medical insurance (ZUS) worth 300zł a month (50% paid the school)
- free in-house teacher training sessions, workshops & conferences
- and last but not least… friendly & professional working environment
- Further information included in the detailed CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT is sent upon request. If interested do please complete the York Application Form (download an appropriate link below) and send it with your CV, current photo and references to firstname.lastname@example.org
York Application Form for Non-Native Speakers: application_non__native_speakers 2018
York Application Form for Native Speakers: application_native_speakers__2018
York Application Form for Polish Teachers: application_Polish_teachers__2018
York School of English is situated in the charming historic university city of Cracow, southern Poland – one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, the old capital of Poland, home to kings and queens, the cultural and academic centre for centuries. The academic character of the city (the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 and about 10 other colleges) lots of cultural events going on all year plus… uncountable international restaurants, little cafes, pubs & wine bars with their unique atmosphere – make Cracow one of the most enjoyable places to live and work in the world. We are situated near the city centre with very good access to public transport and free parking. We own two cottage style buildings and rent extra premises in a modern public school and the XVI century mansion just walking distance away.
York School of English is a well established language school with 27 year tradition. The school was recognized in 1991 by the Ministry of Education, and since 1997 by PASE (Polish Association for Standards in Foreign Languages- the equivalent of the British Council in Britain and the associate member of European EAQUALS). York can be proud of its own beautiful and comfortable premises and the school’s unique homely atmosphere.
The school employs non native speakers from mainly EU countries and native speakers (mainly British ) . Their work is coordinated by the Director of Studies, ADOS’ and Methodological Consultant. All York teachers meet regularly at staff meetings, in-house and external methodological workshops and cooperating with each other on a weekly basis.
There are about 500 students at the school, ages 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-15; 16-19 and adults 19+ from beginners to post-proficiency level. The maximum number of students in a group is 910(adults), 12 (primary school children)and 12(teenagers). The school uses most recent British materials, it has a staff room, a resource centre, photocopying facilities, the computer room with free broadband free access. York offers extra programmes to students: Kids & Teens’ Club, Conversation, Discussion, Pronunciation, Writing Clubs, organizes garden parties, Halloween & Christmas events. The latter two being held in its cosy fire lit chambers.
York School of English cooperates with mainly Quality English schools and also with St Giles International (London, Brighton, Eastbourne), English Select (Cambridge) as well as other schools recognized by British Council . York sends its clients to the above mentioned schools mainly for summmer courses.
- York was the sixth language school in Poland to be accredited by PASE – associate member of EAQUALS
- York gained a lot of ELT experience in previous years as the City & Guilds Pitman Qualifications and London Chamber of Commerce LCCI approved examination centre
- got top places in five annual Newsweek Poland and Dlaczego student magazines language schools rankings since 2001
- uses modern methodology in accordance with the Council of Europe Common European Framework of Reference for Languages CEF www.cultute2.coe.int/portfolio
- employs highly experienced and professional teachers: B.A / M.A in English diploma qualified Polish teachers and CELTA/DELTA and TRINITY certificated native speakers
- provides all levels of English from beginners to proficiency; all materials appropriate for the age groups
- small groups: class size – maximum 10 children, 12 teenagers and 9 in adult 19+ groups
- teaches a wide range of levels and age groups: about 500 students every year in approx 70 in-house and in companies groups
- offers warm and friendly learning environment with overwhelming English atmosphere: books, pictures, posters, maps, road signs and of course native speakers of English in all language groups
- has about 10 000 educational materials: abridged stories, original fiction and documentaries; English magazines, audio and video cassettes, DVDs and CD ROMs
- gives away best students awards at the end of each academic year
- runs a bookstore offering discounts for York students.
KRAKÓW / CRACOW – one of the most beautiful cities in Central Europe, the Florence of the North, the old capital of Poland, home to kings and queens, the cultural and academic centre for centuries. Cracow prides itself for its beautiful architecture of the Old Town, the Wawel Castle situated on the bend of the Vistula river, Romanesque and Gothic churches, the mediaeval Market Square, numerous museums and art galleries. Coming here is a MUST.
The academic character of the city (the Jagiellonian University, founded in 1364 and about 10 other colleges of university level education with over 100 000 students during the academic year), lots of cultural events (music, theatre, opera) going on all year round plus… uncountable international restaurants, little cafes, pubs & wine bars with their unique atmosphere – all this makes Cracow one of the most enjoyable places to live and work in the world.
No wonder that the City was the Capital of Culture „Cracow 2000”.
Cracow is also full of huge modern supermarkets with a wide selection of food that you may wish to buy, elegant shops or cheap flower & vegetable markets – and everything still 2 – 3 times CHEAPER than in Great Britain! WELCOME to Cracow! WELCOME to YORK!
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References from teachers
Scott Brown, July 6th 2015
„I worked at York School of English from September 2014 to June 2015. I was able to teach both teenage groups and adults from levels B1 to C1. As well as being able to go and teach business English to a few different companies in Krakow and its surroundings. I bonded very well with the students which were provided to me by York, everyone is so keen to learn English that they put an awful lot of effort into learning and love chatting about all different kinds of topics. They put an awful lot of trust in me and I believe I provided results, this would not have been possible without the rich library of resources the school has for you to use and the fact I was trusted to provide lessons which focused on speaking not with an overemphasis on grammar. The office staff will keep you right and can answer all types of questions that you need to ask them with ease and with a smile. If you want to put your CELTA certificate to good use then these are the types of students you want to teach and gain experience from. This was not my first time in Poland, although I have not lived in any other city I can say for sure that I have travelled extensively in Poland and Krakow is a wonderful city to live in, there is always something happening and things to do so York School is also for sure located in the best city in Poland too.”
„I worked at York School of English from 25th September 2013-30th July 2014. I had a great experience. I had the opportunity to teach all ages and levels. Furthermore I taught Business students throughout Cracow and beyond. I have never worked with such amazing teachers nor have I ever had so many great colleagues and friends. I have a lot of respect and admiration for Agata, Justyna and Sylvia who work in the office as they are all very diligent and helpful.
I am well travelled around Poland and have lived and worked in Gdansk a stunning town. That being said Cracow is by far the best to live in. There are at least three cinemas showing World Cinema each film is in its original language and a lot of them have English subtitles. Everybody speaks very good English. There are also numerous festivals and concerts.”
Rachel O’Ryan from Cambridge, UK.
„I’ve spent most of the last 10 years living in Krakow and it is a great and beautiful city to live in. In that time it has dramatically transformed, although for many centuries it has hosted one of the largest medieval squares in Europe, outdoor food markets museums and galleries, it now has several large shopping centres, and a number of larger venues for concerts and sports events and one of the most effective transport networks in Europe which takes you around the city. There is really a choice for all tastes whatever you like to do. The Tatra mountains and Slovakia are also within a couple of hours too. So really it is hard to get bored living here. When I arrived I was told that it is a romantic city and you can fall in love here and in fact I only came for 1 year and ended up meeting my husband and staying, I feel Krakow is a special place and hard to compete with!
I have also very much enjoyed my time working at York, which is a very well established school with success spanning now over 20 years. The directors and staff have put in much effort to make it among the best and it has a number of international accrediations, so as a teacher you can be sure that you will be working in a professional team, with opportunities to improve and develop . The thing I have enjoyed most about working here is the diversity of classes to teach and what is also important the students and pupils who come to the school are warm and friendly this also makes teaching a joy and I really haven’t felt like I am working in that sense. Of course working for the best it is important to really try to do your best but I think all teachers here take on that challenge and there is a friendly supportive atmosphere at the school, which is really a joy and students appreciate that we are really trying to help each of them to move forward in their lives and prosper.”
„I have been teaching at York for 2 years and if I stay in Kraków for another d year, it will be York. York is a well-resourced school. Lessons take place in charming surroundings. Teachers enjoy a hands – off, trusting approach regarding lessons. The York School library is excellent with a comprehensive DVD collection, lots of interesting books and methodological guides.”
James Graham (email@example.com)
„It’s been almost 3 years since I started working at York School of English in September 2005 (straight after I had taught at IH in Rome). I have been teaching mainly in Krakow branch but I was also enjoying my once a week Tuesday 6 hour teaching session at Bochnia branch. York school is a well organized, well run, professional school with a friendly team of teachers and a well stocked library of resources. The school is situated 15 minutes from the Old Town in a cosy building with a pretty garden near a park. The students are hardworking, friendly and a pleasure to teach. I taught teenagers and adults; Cambridge FCE , CAE & CPE examination groups , conversation classes and BE. If I stay in Poland for the fourth year, I will work at York again, partly teaching, and partly continue my work as the Assistant Director of Studies.”
„York School of English is a very professional school with a superbly efficient, friendly and component office staff. Set in the beautiful city of Krakow, the teachers are highly satisfied. There is an opportunity for progress and professional development at York.”
„York school is in fantastic city in a great part of the world. Poland has a huge number of CELTA opportunities open to teachers with or without experience and York is one of those schools. York allows you teach all levels from young learners to Business classes. Every day is different and you will never get bored of the school or Krakow.”
Greg White (firstname.lastname@example.org)
„This has been my second academic year at York School and I am staying for the next year as well. York is a school with a very professional and helpful office staff who give teachers every support in settling down in Krakow. The school buildings are very charming and provide a very nice environment to teach. In addition Krakow is a very beautiful city.”
Gavyn Upham (email@example.com)
„Having already taught in Poland for two years I decided I wanted to teach and live in Krakow so as to enjoy the lifestyle of one of Europe’s most picturesque and vibrant cities. The choice of language schools in Poland’s ‘capital of culture’ is almost as overwhelming for teachers as it is for students themselves but I can unhesitatingly recommend York School of English to EFL teachers wishing to work in a professional environment for a well-established institute. Founded over 15 years ago by the Director of Studies, York School is one of the city’s leading English language centres and is situated in a quiet quarter just north of the centre. The school buildings themselves are more reminiscent of cosy homes rather than being a collection of soulless classrooms and are well equipped with grammar reference works, dictionaries, stereos, TVs and video or DVD players. Also popular are the Internet café and multimedia library, both of which are encouraged to be used as teaching resources making lessons more dynamic and full of variety. Teachers are expected to plan their lessons following syllabi specifically developed by the school for up-to-date course books. Levels and ages of students are wide-ranging, from Elementary to Proficiency and Young learners to Adults respectively. In addition to the great amount of experience this spectrum of learners provides teachers, the school also has a large percentage of students who are studying for Cambridge exams or business English. On a personal level, my wish to teach high level and business English was granted and has been integral to my development as a teacher. With a view to this professional progress, York School runs workshops several times a year focusing on methodological and practical aspects of teaching, for example, on ‚Anxiety among Adult learners’ or ‚Teaching Cambridge Speaking exams’. Students’ needs are catered for, by the running of monthly clubs (conversation, writing or pronunciation), mock exams three times a year and, if this sounds like too much work, the end-of-year picnic, held this year at the exclusive Wyziernek grill on Krakow’s main square. Socialising among the 40-strong team of native and Polish teachers and admin staff is widespread and helps to generate the warm atmosphere and sense of camaraderie that adds to the enjoyment of working at York School. Levels of co-operation between staff, no matter the department, are very good.
On the one hand, the fact that York is an independent school means that teachers have a certain level of autonomy and responsibility whilst their input with regard to school policy is much valued by management; it is a school which provides opportunities for those who wish to become more involved in the running of a language school. On the other, teachers and students alike can feel assured of the highest standards in English language teaching due to York’s recognition from national and international awarding bodies. My decision to join York School two years ago was an excellent one and I am extremely happy and, indeed, proud to have worked there as a teacher and AdoS. I have no qualms whatsoever in recommending York School of English in Krakow to teachers either embarking on the start of their EFL career or to those with more experience looking for a positive environment in which to work. Good luck!”