Seeking Internationals in Bogotá for Cultural Awareness Course

Seeking collaborators for a course designed to develop Colombian business leaders’ awareness of how business is done outside of Colombia, how they should interact with foreign counterparts, and how to approach job offers from non-Colombian companies.

For whom is this course designed?

This course has ben designed for business leaders in Colombia (country managers and departmental heads) who [1] have a C1 level of English [2] carry out a majority of their work day in English, and [3] report directly to someone outside of Colombia.

This is not a business English course, and only those students who meet the three requirements listed above.   Students will have to go through an interview process in order to be admitted to the course.

Who is giving the course? 

The course will be given by a series of facilitators, each giving a two hour workshop on how business is done in their country.  Apart from this, students will also be practicing business presentations.

Currently Seeking Someone to Represent Business Culture in:

  1. USA
  2. China
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. UK
  6. France
  7. India
  8. Canada

**If your country is not listed on this list, but you believe you could contribute to this course, please do not hesitate to contact.  These are the top-eight economies in the world, and is not an exhaustive list.  Ultimately, eight facilitators from different countries will be chosen.  No more than eight facilitators will be chosen.

What is expected from facilitators? 

1.) Be present at first session 

All facilitators must be present for the first session, which will be during a weeknight at a bar or restaurant likely in the Calle 93 or Zona G area in early April (approximately).  During this session, students will have 10-15 minutes of one-on-one time with each facilitator so that [1] students can be exposed to you and your culture [2] students can ask facilitators general questions about their culture so that [3] facilitators can know what kind of information that students are curious about in order to have content ideas for the workshop they will facilitate.

Food and drinks will be provided, and facilitators will be paid for their time.

  • Time: Two hours
  • Preparation: None

2.) Give a two hour workshop on doing business in your culture 

Following the first session, we will begin a series of workshops on Saturday mornings (either 8-10 am, or 9-11 am TBD) in Chapinero (near the Calle 53 Transmilenio).  Facilitators will have two hours during which they will give a powerpoint presentation with insights into their country’s business culture.

Projector and HDMI connection provided.

Before giving your presentation to students, you will be requested to go through your presentation in a web session with the course administrator.

  • In-Class Time: Two hours
  • Preparation:
    • Prepare a powerpoint presentation
    • Prepare 3-5 pages of written material explaining the main points made in your presentation
    • One web session to review your presentation and written materials with the course administrator approximately one week before your workshop

Schedule – Since each facilitator is giving one workshop, we will determine a Saturday that works both for your schedule and the course schedule.  Classes will not be held on holiday weekends.  The course will start as soon as eight candidates have been matriculated, approximately early April.  The course will end, approximately, in July.

Content – After the first session, you will have a good idea of what students want to know about your culture (and, as a person with experience both in Colombia and your culture, you will know what is most relevant to share).

Benefits to Facilitators 

  • Renumeration higher than market average – you will be compensated for your course time, time at the first session, preparation time and time web-session to preview your materials.
  • Networking – Network with high-level business professionals in Bogotá, and other teachers.
  • Learning – Feel free to join a session to learn about a culture different from your own!  Course is free for final facilitators.

Questions, Doubts, Comments?  Interested in collaborating as a facilitator?  Reach out!  Please use the following form to contact us, write or call Warren 321.288.4799 on whatsapp.  

 

 

 

 

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Seeking Colombian Graphic Designer

Seeking a Colombian graphic designer to collaborate in the design of an e-store.

Graphic designer will collaborate to make indigenous-inspired designs for both the website, social media and a product portfolio.

Preferably, the graphic designer will have a good level of English as all textual components of the design will be in English.  No graphic production will be in Spanish.

Some designs that we like, and would like to involve in the e-store design and social media presence: Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 4.31.45 PMScreen Shot 2018-02-18 at 4.32.08 PM26733735_10156127740202002_7331413782197466679_n

Additionally – any graphic designs developed around Mola patterns, such as those seen in the Mi Gente music video:

 

Do you have what it takes?  Reach out!  Please include any relevant content from your portfolio and write us with the contact form below.

Hiring Teachers in Bogotá

Seeking teachers to collaborate on a small-team of English teaching professionals. 

We are a group of three teachers working to deliver outstanding one-on-one Business English classes to motivated students who use English during the majority of their work-day.

Teachers are currently being recruited to deliver morning classes at a leading animal health company located in Titan Plaza (map).

Schedule: Classes begin at either 6:00 am, 7:30 am or 9:00 am, and are 90 minutes.  Generally, two classes are scheduled per day, but teachers should expect to have some days with either one or three classes.  Schedule varies depending on students’ travel schedules, but teachers can expect at least four classes (and as many as ten classes) during at least three weeks per month.  Schedule is always finalized before the start of the month.  Teachers should have no fewer than two mornings available each week.

Compensation: Above market-rate.  To be discussed in interview.

Materials: All materials are custom made by the Lead Teacher.  Approximately 80% of materials are provided, but teachers are responsible for some material creation, specifically for activities that focus on developing student fluency.

Start Date: First week of April, 2018

Candidate Requirements

This position is open to both teachers who come from native English-speaking countries, and those who do not.  Regardless of your background, be sure that you meet these requirements before applying:

  • At least two mornings per week available
  • Objective-based and communicative-oriented teaching
  • Must have a college degree
  • Must be TEFL/CELTA certified
  • Teaching experience preferred, but not necessary
  • Business background preferred, but not necessary
  • Ability to work independently, but to also collaborate and be a team-player
  • Valid Cédula de extranjería / Colombian visa
  • Local candidates: Valid IELTS 8 or 9 Bandscore

Application Instructions

Please send your CV attached to an email with some information on you and your teaching background to applications@warrenray.com.  Please be sure to include a Colombian phone number where you can be reached.  Please only apply if you meet the requirements written above.

What is the IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an international exam which evaluates your ability to listen, read, write and speak in English.  Two IELTS exams are offered: the Academic IELTS and the General Training IELTS.  In function, the IELTS is very similar to the TOEFL exam. 

Personalized IELTS Classes BogotáThis Cambridge English Exam is accepted by academic institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.  More than 3,000 academic institutions in the United States accept this exam as well as employers worldwide.  The IELTS exam is a requirement to immigrate to Australia or New Zealand.

If you’re thinking about studying or are looking for work in an English-speaking country, the IELTS exam is just as important as your passport.  

The IELTS exam has an academic version and a general version.  Each version tests your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, but have slightly different writing and reading tasks.  The test is completed during two separate days.  On the first day you complete the listening, reading and writing sections, and then a few days later you complete a 11-14 minute speaking exam.  The speaking exam is a three-part interview in which an examiner will ask you questions about topics familiar to you, ask you to speak at length about a given topic, and evaluate your ability to analyze and speculate about issues.

From start to finish, the test lasts under three hours.  The IELTS is not taken on a computer.

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Preparation is key for success on the IELTS exam – What are the sections of the test? How much time is allowed for each section?  How many questions are there?  How long must I speak?  How is my writing evaluated?  

Knowing the answers to these questions can be the difference between being accepted into an academic program, or being rejected.  

My IELTS Preparation Course will ensure that you are prepared to present the IELTS exam on test day.  From registering for the test to preparing for the speaking exam, my course will certainly contribute to your IELTS success.  

Find out where the IELTS exam is accepted here: http://bandscore.ielts.org

Understanding IELTS Test Format

IELTS Preparation Course – Bogotá, Colombia

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognized and highly accurate English language test.  Accepted by more than 9,000 institutions in 145 countries, this test is used for and accepted by: 

  • Students applying to graduate and undergraduate programs
  • Immigration purposes
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Professional and industry bodies
  • Multinational companies for hiring purposes

The IELTS tests candidates in four different skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  There are two versions of the test: Academic and General Training. 

The IELTS is the world’s most popular English language exam.  In 2014, 2.5 million IELTS tests were taken across the world.  Within those 2.5 million exams are hundreds of thousands of “repeat tests,” students who take the IELTS a second, third or fourth time because they were not satisfied due to their original score.  The IELTS is an expensive exam.  Excellent preparation for the IELTS exam will save you time and money, and help you achieve IELTS success.

Personalized IELTS Classes Bogotá

IELTS PREPARATION COURSE – BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA

Who should apply?  Individuals who are interested in taking the IELTS exam, or who have already registered for the IELTS exam.  Students interested in applying for masters, doctoral or undergraduate programs in the United States, UK, Australia or New Zealand in 2017 or 2018. This course focuses on helping students prepare for the Academic IELTS.

Course Content: During the 40 hour course you will take three authentic practice exams, become familiar with the exam structure, and learn strategies for achieving success on the four different parts of the exams:

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Mode of delivery: Face-to-face

Language of Instruction: English

Course Duration: 40 hours, 10 weeks

Course Fee: $650.000 COP (including materials)

Instructor: Warren Ray, licensed by Cambridge English to teach IELTS preparation and English as a Foreign Language

Course Schedule:

Schedule 1: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:00 am – 9:00 am

Schedule 2: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 pm – 8: 00 pm

Schedule 3: Saturdays

Class size: Minimum 6, Maximum 12.

Location: Diagonal 54 # 16 – 19 (Transmilenio: Calle 57 OR Marly)

To register for the course, please fill out this form.  After receiving your form a representative will be in contact with you within 48 hours to confirm your registration.

To receive more information, please send me an email.

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IELTS Student Testimonials: 

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Song of the Week: “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega

Suzanne Vega is a singer-songwriter who was born in California in 1959.  Her eclectic style has marked her career as a folk-inspired musician.

vega-suzanne-4fded150b2829One of Vega’s most famous songs is Tom’s Diner.  In this song, she sings about things she sees while sitting in a diner in New York.

Since Vega sings about actions in progress she uses the present continuous (also called present progressive) lots to explain what she sees!

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Understanding the Present Perfect/Present Continuous

The present continuous is formed with the verb to bea present participle.

am/is/are + –ing

There are several reasons why we use the present continuous.  We use the present continuous to talk about temporary actions that are happening in the present moment or around the present moment (that is, immediately before, during or after the present moment).

Why are you smiling?  Did someone make you happy?

Tom is on his way to the party.  He just told me that he is on the bus!

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