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TitelLanguage Coordinator in German,University of Kent, Canterbury
BeschreibungPost title: Language Coordinator in German
Reference Number: HUM0384
Salary Scale: Grade 7: £31,331 - £36,298 per annum
Department: German / School of European Culture and Languages
Contract: On-going and part-time (0.5 of a full-time contract)
Location: University of Kent, Canterbury
Responsible to: The Head of Department
Responsible for: Language assistants (currently 3); OEAD Lektor/In

University of Kent

The University of Kent is one of the UK’s leading academic institutions with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research that has spanned five decades.

Known as the UK’s European university, it was granted its Royal Charter in 1965 and now has over 19,000 undergraduate students studying at its campuses in Canterbury and Medway. The University has a thriving postgraduate community with approximately 3,000 students registered on taught and research programmes at Canterbury and Medway, as well as our specialist European centres in Brussels, Paris, Athens and Rome.

With almost 3,000 members of staff, the University is a major employer. In addition, it is a significant economic, cultural and social force in south east England, and contributes £0.6 billion to the region’s economy.

Our international impact is reinforced by well-established networks and collaborations with prestigious universities in Europe and around the world including the USA, Malaysia, China, Russia, Hong Kong and Japan. The University actively participates in the Erasmus programme, exchanging 400 students per year with over 100 European partner institutions. Our global partnerships offer many opportunities for our students including exchanges, study visits and work placements as well as the possibility of earning a dual degree from Kent and a partner university.

Kent’s excellent performance in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) confirmed our position as one of the UK’s leading universities. All of our academic schools and centres were found to be engaged in research of international and world-class standing. Following the strong RAE performance our ranking among the research-intensive universities rose substantially, and research funding to the University increased by 46%. Over the last 12-18 months the University has invested £4.4m to support new academic appointments.

The University is consistently rated by its own students as one of the best universities in the UK for the quality of its teaching, academic provision and student experience. In the 2012 National Student Survey, Kent placed third in the UK for overall student satisfaction (of all publically-funded multi-faculty universities) and ranked 22nd in the 2013 Guardian University Guide.

The University has significantly invested in its academic and leisure facilities, demonstrating our continued commitment to provide a first-class student experience. We have built new student residences at both Canterbury and Medway and have a rolling programme of refurbishment across our existing accommodation. We can now offer almost 6,000 bedrooms across both campuses, and there are additional developments planned for 2013 and beyond.

Other major building projects include new and refurbished laboratories for the School of Physical Sciences, a new £1m ‘Crit’ space for Architecture students, a redeveloped sports centre and a new music performance building on the Canterbury campus. The University has also undertaken a significant programme of refurbishment of key academic facilities which include a 4000m2 extension to the Templeman Library and a multimillion-pound refurbishment at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Medway for the School of Arts.


German Department / School of European Culture and Languages

The School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) is one of the largest academic schools at the University of Kent, embracing four modern languages (French, German, Hispanic Studies, and Italian), English Language and Linguistics, Classical and Archaeological Studies, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, and Religious Studies. It offers an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and a wide variety of research opportunities. A highly regarded multidisciplinary school with top quality teaching by enthusiastic and inspirational lecturers, the School is also home to six research centres where both specialist and multidisciplinary research takes place. These are: History of Archaeology, Language and Linguistic Studies, Late Antique Archaeology, Modern European Literature, Reasoning, and the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society. A seventh Centre for Heritage has been officially launched this academic year (2012-2013). Full information about the School can be found at

The School is organised into Boards of Study. German belongs to the Languages and Literature Board along with the other languages, Comparative Literature and English Language and Linguistics (ELL). The Board has around 500 FTEs in total (excluding ELL). All subjects of the Board offer both Joint and Single Honours degree programmes.

Undergraduate applications to study languages are strong, and new JH programmes are currently being developed in Latin American and Scandinavian Studies, the latter in affiliation with the German department. Language degree programmes at Kent are organised according to the University’s Credit Framework. German Single and Joint Honours programmes focus on the modern period and are offered to both beginners and students with an A level qualification. Language modules for both streams throughout the degree programme concentrate on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, and students are offered a range of audio and digital materials to supplement their work in class. Prose translation from English into German and German into English is also taught throughout. Optional modules are offered on literature, film, cultural history, current affairs/media, and linguistics. First year modules include Images of Germany 1945-1990, Post-1989 German Cinema, Introduction to German Linguistics, and Varieties of German Writing. Second and final year modules currently include German Modernism, Order and Madness, Classical German Literature, Writing German: Applied Language Skills, Introduction to Postmodern Literature, Medien und Öffentlichkeit, and Romanticism to Realism: Literature and Visual Culture. Undergraduate degree programmes include a compulsory year abroad, which students spend on work or teaching placements or else as Erasmus students at a partner university (currently Jena, Freiburg, Heidelberg, Erlangen, Marburg, Salzburg). The department also offers ‘wild’ language modules to students across the university wishing to learn German.

In addition to its undergraduate programmes, the Board runs a successful MA in Modern German and Comparative Literature and there are currently 3 PhD students affiliated to the German department. The research interests of our staff cover the entire modern period both within German-speaking countries and across Europe, and include poetry, the Avant-garde, women’s writing, modernism, postmodernism, literary theory, life writing and cultural history. Members of the department are experienced in running international projects, and have attracted external funding from prestigious sources such as the Leverhulme Trust and the Humboldt Foundation. In addition to the expertise of our staff, German at Kent also benefits from the activities co-ordinated by the Centre for Modern European Literature, including lectures by distinguished guest speakers, research seminars, conferences and reading groups. The MA programme enjoys a broader perspective than many purely German MA programmes, since the University of Kent is one of the few British universities to have a dedicated department of Comparative Literature.

Job Purpose

We are seeking to appoint a Language Coordinator in German, who will provide strategic leadership to the continued development of language modules and the promotion of German at Kent in accordance with the University of Kent’s regional and international mission. The Language Coordinator will be responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of all German language modules and support additional activities in German. She or he will write or supervise the writing of all tests, exams and resits for language modules in German, and mark and moderate exams. The Language Coordinator will mentor the OEAD Lektor/In, and will be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising the language assistants and part-time members of language teaching staff.

Key Accountabilities / Primary Responsibilities

- Maintaining and enhancing all German language modules (currently 8 full-time undergraduate modules)
- Ensuring the continued development of the German language syllabus
- Recruiting, training and supervising language assistants and part-time members of staff involved in German language teaching
- Mentoring the OEAD Lektor/In.
- Contributing some teaching to German language modules.
- Supporting teaching-related, extra-curricular departmental activities

Key Duties

- Administering and managing the day-to day running of language modules including booking rooms and coordinating language-class groups
- Setting, marking and moderating coursework and exams
- Updating all language teaching materials and reviewing all library and multimedia resources for language modules to ensure appropriate progression at all levels
- Mentoring the OEAD Lektor/In
- Liaising with the OEAD Lektor/In on the provision of native language teaching and the running of the Tandem scheme
- Training and mentoring language assistants
- Contributing to existing departmental events and activities such as year abroad meetings, German society events, Open Days and school visit days
- Initiating additional extra-curricular activities in German to increase the subject’s visibility and attractiveness to students both at the university and beyond.
- Ensuring the continuing development of the use of digital and multimedia resources in German language learning in and outside the classroom
- Ordering and testing multimedia and other language teaching software and equipment as necessary to ensure teaching methods and materials remain up-to-date.
- Analysing student feedback and mark spreads to evaluate the success of language modules and developing strategies for their improvement where necessary, including independently devising and convening new language modules.
- Liaising with funding bodies and national representatives of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium in the UK as relevant to funding for additional student language activities.
- Commitment to the provision of equal opportunities; to the delivery of teaching to an increasingly diverse body of students; and to meeting the challenge of motivating students with varying prior academic attainments
- Undertaking such other duties, commensurate with the grading of the post, which may be assigned by the Head of Department or their nominee

Internal & External Relationships

Internal: SECL Student Support Staff and Senior Tutor, Director of Learning and Teaching for SECL, Chairperson of the Languages and Literatures Board, Templeman Library Liaison Staff, Unit for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (for language assistants and part-time teacher training), Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (for students on ILPs), European Office (for year abroad matters), Partnership Development Office (for schools visit days).

External: Partner staff at exchange universities, OEAD Austrian Exchange Service, Austrian Cultural Forum, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service, Goethe Institute in London.

Person Specification

The person specification details the necessary skills, qualifications, experience or other attributes needed to carry out the job. Applications are assessed against each of the criteria either at application or interview stage. Applications will be deemed unsuccessful if an essential criterion is not met. This may also help you self-select if you are suitable for the role.

 Qualifications / Training

Essential Desirable
A good honours degree in a relevant discipline 
A relevant postgraduate qualification 

 Experience / Knowledge

Essential Desirable
Experience of teaching and developing modules in German language at university level 
Native or near native command of German and English 
Knowledge of current developments in language teaching methodologies 
Experience of teaching and developing modules in German linguistics 

 Additional Attributes

Essential Desirable
The capacity to work with versatility and commitment to provide leadership in the further development of language learning in German 
The ability to contribute to the wider development of language learning within the School and across the university 
The capacity to work as part of a team 
An understanding of the needs of a diverse student body, including adult learners, and a strong commitment to equal opportunities

Application Process

To apply for this post you will be asked to complete a short form and upload your CV, a one page summary (covering letter) and any other supporting documents that you would like to submit.

Your application should provide clear evidence and examples demonstrating where you meet the criteria for the post.

Copies of certificates for qualifications you have stated you have achieved in your application will be requested at offer stage; in particular, those that were deemed as essential for the post.

The link to the application procedure can be found by returning to the position details page and clicking on ‘click here to apply for this job’.

Applications must be received by the closing date and unfortunately late applications cannot be accepted.

If you are invited to attend an interview we will contact you by email confirming the arrangements. If you are not successful at the shortlist stage, we will also contact you by email to let you know.

Closing date: 6 September 2013
Interviews are expected to be held on: Week of 4-11 October 2013

Redeployment Policy: Please note that applicants currently on the University of Kent redeployment register will be considered for this post prior to other applicants. For further information on our redeployment policy please visit

Two Tick Symbol: The University of Kent is proud to operate within the ‘Positive about Disability’ Employment Pledge (Two Tick Symbol) and guarantee an interview to candidates who declare a disability and meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification.

If you have a disability and require information regarding accessibility of our campus facilities please visit

UK Border Agency Immigration regulations: The University of Kent is unable, under current immigration law, to employ candidates who are not eligible to live and work in the UK.

For academic and research vacancies, or posts that require very specialist skills we can apply for a Certificate of Sponsorship (although there is no guarantee that this will be granted). This is on the basis that the criteria for such applications have been met.

Please refer to the Home Office website if you require further information on their Certificate of Sponsorship procedure/requirements at

Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity

The University of Kent’s Institutional Plan for 2012-15 states our collective commitment to “promote diversity and inclusivity in the University community.” All University staff are expected to be aware of, comply with, and support the University’s policies with regards to ensuring and promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity. Relevant training and development should be undertaken, as required. Further information about EDI is available from the University’s website at:

Mediation Service: the University of Kent Mediation Service provides an Alternative Dispute Resolution Service to all employees. It is completely free and confidential and offers you a positive, collaborative approach to resolving work-place conflict should it arise; supporting the University’s collective interest in encouraging two-way dialogue and discussions, where people are able to jointly find solutions to differences.

2012 winner, Best Newcomer to Mediation – National Mediation Awards.

Benefits and Terms and Conditions

 generous holiday entitlement  competitive salaries
 flexible working  pension scheme
 childcare facilities/vouchers  training and development

Salary: Grade 7: £31,331 - £32,267 - £33,230 - £36,298 per annum pro rata according to experience and qualifications.

Employees normally receive an increment annually until the top of the scale is reached. In addition there is normally a nationally agreed annual cost of living salary increase.

Annual Leave: The annual leave entitlement for full-time staff on this grade is 30 working days and 8 public and other holidays. There are also 5 additional days, which are taken between Christmas and New Year when the University closes.

Pension: You will be automatically enrolled to become a member of USS (Universities Superannuation Scheme) – a defined benefit pension scheme.

Staff who commence employment at the University of Kent from 1 October 2011 who are not current members of the USS Scheme (either from their employment elsewhere or at the University of Kent) who wish to join the Scheme will pay an employee contribution rate of 6.5% of salary. The University contributes a sum equal to 16% of salary.

Staff who commence employment at the University of Kent from 1 October 2011 who are current members of USS (either from their employment elsewhere or at the University of Kent) or who have previously been a member of USS and wish to re-join the Scheme will pay an employee rate of 7.5% of salary. The University contributes a sum equal to 16% of salary. NB To qualify to re-join USS under this arrangement there must not be a gap of more than 30 months since you were last a member of the Scheme.

Flexible Working: The University is willing to consider changes in hours (either short or long term) for all groups of staff, when these are consistent with operational needs.

Location: The primary location is at the University’s Canterbury Campus, although the post-holder may be required to work from time to time at other campuses and centres.

Childcare: There is an independent nursery on campus. There is usually a waiting list and to inquire about vacancies please contact the manager. Telephone 01227 827676

Relocation package: The University offers assistance with relocation expenses for those who have to move to the vicinity of a University Campus to a post, which is tenable for two or more years.

For full Terms and Conditions, please see:

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