Language Assistant (Portuguese)

Where: Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

Extent of Work: Part Time, Fixed Term

Click here to apply in English

Click here to see other job offers in Portuguese

The successful applicant will be required to teach within the framework of the School’s courses in Portuguese.

This is a part time (17.5 hours per week), fixed-term post available for 1 year from September 2020 to August 2021. For the months of July and August, working hours will be zero. Annual leave will normally be taken during the months you are scheduled to work. Salary is calculated on an annualised basis and paid in 12 equal monthly instalments.

Salary: Grade UE06 – £28,331 to £32,816 per annum, pro rata (as per averaged salary calculations).

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of the Head of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, to

The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 5.00pm (GMT) on 16th September 2020.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

  1. Job Details

Job title: Language Assistant in Portuguese
School/Support Department: School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures – Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies (SPLAS)
Line manager: Head of Section

Job Purpose

The successful applicant will be required to teach within the framework of the School’s courses in Portuguese.

  1. Main Responsibilities and percentage of workload

• Teaching Portuguese language at undergraduate level, supporting learners and supervising class room activities in specific areas. 65%
• Assisting with administrative responsibilities of the subject area where relevant. 5%
• Monitor student progress and provide formative and summative feedback. 20%
• Mark assessments and exams. 10%
• Undertake any other duties, as requested by Head of European Languages and Cultures

  1. Planning and Organising

The postholder will:

• be expected to organise and carry out their work supervised by their line manager
• be required to liaise closely with other colleagues, particularly those in European Languages and Cultutres
• make themselves aware of Freedom of information, Data Protection and University Protocols in relation to student and other data.

  1. Problem Solving

The postholder will:

• liaise with the Teaching Office staff to resolve student issues and related matters
• use knowledge derived from internal and external sources or previous experience to improve teaching practice
• help and advise students as appropriate.

  1. Decision Making

• Assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level including,
o monitoring student progress and providing detailed feedback to students
o setting and marking written exams and oral tests
o setting and marking assignments

  1. Key Contacts/Relationships

Immediate colleagues across the School, and in particular their Head of Department; Head of School; Head of European Languages; Course Organisers; and Professional Services staff in Teaching and Student Support Offices.

  1. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• a good first degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) and evidence of fluency or near-fluency in Portuguese and fluent in English
• experience in teaching Portuguese as a foreign language
• a commitment to high quality teaching and learning
• experience and demonstrable success in delivering effective university teaching
• a proven record of ability to manage time and to work to strict deadlines
• excellent interpersonal skills
• excellent oral and written communication skills
• basic IT skills


• a qualification in teaching Portuguese as a foreign language
• competency in using IT for teaching and learning
• experience in assessing student work, including oral and written work

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