Long-Term Substitute French as an Additional Language Teacher
Washington International School
July 18, 2018
We offer a competitive salary.
Contract - Experienced
Pre-K thru Elementary
4 Year Degree
We have a vacancy for a long-term substitute's position, beginning with orientation August 15 through at least February 1, 2019. Classes begin on August 27, 2018.
Reporting to the Primary School Principal, the Primary French as an Additional Language (FAL) Teacher is responsible for teaching students new to the language to speak, read, write, and understand French in a language-rich interactive environment
Major Functions and Responsibilities
The Primary French as an Additional Language Teacher will:
Work with students in grades 1-5 who are at the earliest stages of literacy in French/Spanish, including oral, written and listening skills.
Plan for individualized and small group instruction and adapt the curriculum to meet the learning needs of each student.
Employ a variety of differentiated teaching strategies using project based learning, varied grouping strategies and oral language activities designed to enrich language production.
Collaborate and plan with grade level teachers for Unit of Inquiry connections, where applicable and advantageous to language learning.
Collaborate with the Librarian, and Learning and Technology Coordinator to find and coordinate resources for students.
Create a positive and fun classroom environment, essential for new language learners to thrive.
Represent program to new WIS families and collaborate with administration to develop the program.
Foster student understanding and cultural connections to French or Spanish speaking countries.
Work with the French Instructional Support Teacher to ensure that the program initiatives are meeting student needs.
Develop or locate materials to create a welcoming, language rich environment appropriate for students in grades 1-5.
Formally assess students at the beginning and end of the school year, in addition to times at which the student shows readiness to consider movement to the immersion classroom.
Collaborate and plan with the French Instructional Support Teacher to develop indicators of readiness for program exiting into the immersion classroom.
Collaborate with the French Instructional Support Teacher and immersion classroom teachers to find opportunities for FAL students to join in on immersion classroom activities/lessons.
Support math instruction as possible.
Carry out WIS teacher responsibilities such as report writing, parent-teacher conferences, student-led conferences, faculty meetings, professional development days, etc.
Founded in 1966, Washington International School is a private, non-profit, Preschool-12 school profoundly committed to its mission: to provide a demanding international education that will challenge students to become responsible and effective world citizens. Serving its full community of 900 plus students on two campuses, the school is multinational, multicultural, and multilingual.
The school’s challenging international program draws on classroom-based research on pedagogical practices and curriculum design from renowned organizations such as the International Baccalaureate (IB) and Project Zero, based in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. From Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 students follow the inquiry-based IB Primary Years Program; in Grades 6-10 they continue with a multidisciplinary and inquiry-based approach designed to enhance understanding and develop the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in the prestigious IB Diploma Program (DP). All students in Grades 11 and 12 are enrolled in the DP, which prepares them to take exams to receive the International Baccalaureate Diploma in addition to a WIS diploma. IB Diploma results are well above the wor...ldwide pass rate, and WIS graduates attend highly selective colleges and universities in both the United States (about two-thirds in a typical year) and abroad.
Commitment to the intensive study of a second language is a core principle, with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes taught entirely in French or Spanish. All instruction in Grades 1-5 is “dual language” in English and either French or Spanish. Chinese is an option beginning in Grade 6. Typically, one half to three-quarters of WIS graduates earn the Bilingual IB Diploma, demonstrating fluency in two languages.
The entire school community – alumni, parents, students, teachers, administrators and staff – are ardent advocates for international education. WIS has played a prominent role in setting a standard for a global perspective that many schools now emulate.
The school culture is highly egalitarian, with a strong emphasis on collaboration and understanding differing points of view. There is no typical WIS family: some households consist only of U.S. passport holders, others are all non-U.S. passport holders and many are a mix of nationalities. In addition to this global diversity, WIS also strives to achieve economic diversity: 14% of the students receive financial assistance.