We are recruiting!

Kalamna is looking for part-time teachers for our Stage 1 (parent and child group for ages 0-3) and Stage 3 (ages 6-12) groups.

We are growing and currently offer Arabic language classes to 39 children across three age groups: 0-3, 4-5 and 6-12, as well as parents’ spoken Arabic classes and a range of social events and gatherings. Our classes are held at St Faith’s School, Trumpington Road, Cambridge on Sunday mornings.

We believe in the importance of spoken Arabic as the main form of communication as well as a transitional tool towards acquiring standard Arabic reading and writing. We use spoken Arabic as our main language of instruction and encourage all dialects to be spoken alongside the teacher’s main dialect (currently Egyptian Arabic).

Our approach aims to bridge the gap between the mainstream UK education our children are receiving and their Arabic education, by integrating the EYLF and national curriculum framework for KS1-4 in our teaching, using learning through play with our younger age groups, and using topic-based learning for each key stage. To achieve this aim, we use and create our own curriculum and materials, supported by external materials where appropriate. 

Alongside our classes and events, we operate a library system where each week the children are able to take home an Arabic book to read and/or a DVD to watch and return the following week. The classes are held at an independent school in Cambridge, where classrooms are equipped with a smart board and an adjacent, spacious cloakroom and playground to facilitate informal social interaction between parents and children during, before and after classes.

We are a social enterprise set up as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.), as well as a Cambridge Social Venture at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and a member of both the Cambridge Research in Community Language Education (CRiCLE) Network at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, and Cambridge Bilingual Groups.

This year we have joined the National Resource Centre for Supplementary Education (NRCSE) and are working towards an NRCSE Quality Mark.

Stage 1 Teacher (parent and child, Sundays 10.15-11am)

Your approach to teaching – essential characteristics for working with Kalamna 

  • Conveying a positive image of Arabic language and culture 
  • Using spoken, conversational Arabic as the language of instruction
  • Communicating with parents about their child/children’s progress
  • Managing children’s behaviour positively
  • Making sure attendees are safe
  • Following our code of conduct and policies including safeguarding, child protection, e-safety and health & safety

Key responsibilities and duties

You will be expected to plan, prepare and deliver our weekly babies, toddlers and preschoolers group on Sunday mornings for 45min (a longer session can be negotiated, as well as additional sessions on other days). We have a structured programme to help you do this.

Qualifications and skills

Required:

  • Bilingual English and Arabic
  • Language or teaching degree or equivalent
  • Teaching experience, preferably in the UK teaching a first, second or foreign language
  • Ability to work with young children and their parents, with a positive attitude to Spoken Arabic 
  • Availability to work approximately 2 hours a week, including running the sessions on Sunday mornings

Desirable:

  • The drive and interest in becoming involved in the business

To apply please send a covering letter and CV to hello@kalamna.org 

Stage 3 Teacher (ages 6-12, Sundays 11-12pm)

Your approach to teaching – essential characteristics for working with Kalamna 

  • Conveying a positive image of Arabic language and culture 
  • Using spoken, conversational Arabic as the language of instruction
  • Communicating with parents about their child/children’s progress
  • Managing pupils’ behaviour positively
  • Making sure pupils are safe
  • Following our code of conduct and policies including safeguarding, child protection, e-safety and health & safety

Key responsibilities and duties

Expected when you start

  • Directing Teaching Assistants and volunteers
  • Planning, preparation and delivery of a programme of work for your class/classes (we have a structured training plan to support you to deliver this using our particular approach).
  • Basing teaching and learning on EYLF and KS1-4 frameworks; using learning through play for younger learners, and topic-based learning for the key stages
  • Marking pupils’ work
  • Continuously assessing and recording children’s progress and achievements, including setting tests

Expected by the second term

  • Planning, preparation and delivery of a programme of work for your class/classes, including creating and selecting appropriate materials and resources

Qualifications and skills

Required:

  • Bilingual English and Arabic
  • Language or teaching degree or equivalent 
  • Teaching experience, preferably in the UK teaching a first, second or foreign language
  • Ability to work with children with a positive attitude to Spoken Arabic 
  • Availability to work a total of 4-8 hours a week, including teaching on Sunday mornings

Desirable:

  • The drive and interest in becoming involved in the business

    To apply please send a covering letter and CV to hello@kalamna.org