Monday, July 25, 2011

Cardiff University

Norwegian, Korean, Italian and Russian examiners needed for the International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is currently seeking experienced individuals to take on the roles of Examiner Responsible for its Language A: language and literature course.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation offering challenging programmes for a world wide community of schools. It is now represented in over 120 countries and in over 2,000 schools. The IB provides an international pre-university curriculum and an international university entry qualification, which gives access to higher education on a worldwide basis. You may be interested to visit the public website for more details.

One of the characteristics of the IB's diploma programme is that students are required to study a language A course as one of six subjects that constitute the diploma. The IB’s Language A: language and literature courses are for students aged 16-18 who have experience of using the language of the course in an academic context. The courses are firmly based on the study of both language and literature, with a focus on how the study of texts produced in a language is central to how we see and understand the world in which we live. The texts studied on this course will be diverse and in the literature elements will also include works studied in translation. At the end of the two years, students are expected to be able to focus closely on the the language of the texts they study and will be aware of the role of each text’s wider context in shaping its meaning. Formal analysis of literary works as well as an understanding of critical literacy are desired outcomes of this course.

The duties of examiner responsible include the setting and marking of examinations and may involve occasional (paid) travel to the IB curriculum and assessment centre in Cardiff, UK.

Please note that this position is part-time, involves no relocation, and is usually undertaken in addition to existing work commitments. In addition, examiners will be given clear instructions and be well supported throughout the process.

We are seeking an experienced individual with the following background:

· Native / fluent speakers of Norwegian, Korean, Italian or Russian

· Qualified to at least degree level, ideally in Norwegian, Korean, Italian or Russian literature

· Teaching experience

· Examining experience (desirable but not essential).

The IB is committed to offering the Language A: language and literature course in diverse languages, and regularly provides these examinations in sixteen different languages for its international candidature. We would be very keen to hear from all individuals with the above experience.

If you wish to apply, or would like further information, please contact Michael Rogers by e-mail (

Thank you very much for reading this message and giving consideration to it.

Michael Rogers

Academic Officer

International Baccalaureate, Cardiff, UK