Freelance Teacher of English - Sri Lanka
South Asia
Country / Territory
Sri Lanka
Flexible Location
Teaching Centres
Job Category
Pay Band
Vacancy Description
Hourly paid, flexible Work

Job title: Freelance Teacher of English 

Job aim: To support British Council’s global English strategy by: delivering teaching to the highest standards of ELT, and continuing professional development and sharing of best practices.

Location: We have vacancies for these positions at our Teaching Centre's in Colombo, Kandy, Jaffna, and Matara

Position type: This is a freelance position; Teachers will take on a weekly class (or classes) for a term of 10 weeks and will need to commit to teaching these classes. There is also the option of being on stand-by / covering classes if you choose.  

Qualification:  Cambridge CELTA / Trinity TEFL; High proficiency in English i.e. full mastery of English across all 4 skills equivalent to user (CEFR C2) IELTS Band 8/9 in each of 4 sections of the academic module.

Hourly paid rate:   The hourly delivery rate for a Cambridge CELTA / Trinity TEFL qualified Teacher is LKR 2,500. For an example, if you teach one class a term of 2.5 hours per week, you will be paid LKR 62,500 for the 10 week term.

Working hours: Hours are flexible depending on your availability. Weekends and weekday evenings tend to be peak teaching hours.  There will also be stand-by and long term cover work available.   A freelance teacher will be given one or more classes (not exceeding 25 hours of teaching per week).  The teacher must be able to cover the full term teaching schedule for this / these classes.  For example; a class every Sunday at 14:45 – 17:15 for the full ten week term.     

About the British council, Teaching Centre:
The British Council enjoys considerable prestige in Sri Lanka and the English Teaching operation is one of the oldest and biggest in the network employing over 80 teaching staff who are an equal mix of Sri Lankan and expat teachers to deliver around 55,000 class hours to approximately 6,000 students per term across all four centres.  Demand for English courses is strong and classrooms are generally full. Although English is widely spoken in Sri Lanka, overall levels of proficiency are low and for young Sri Lankans, better English is key to achieving their educational and professional ambitions. Student numbers are split between young learners (70%) and adults (30%) and the regular public course offer is made up of English, Spoken English, IELTS preparation and business English.  

For more information on the responsibilities of the role and person specification criteria, please read the Role Profile