Director of Studies
A Director of Studies (DOS) is effectively the head teacher in a language school.
The DOS has many responsibilities including:
- Liaising between teachers and management
- Observing teachers' lessons
- Dealing with student problems
- Internal and external exams
- Organising and managing teachers' meetings
- Choosing coursebooks
- Creating syllabuses
- Interviewing new teachers
- Creating teachers' and students' timetables
The aims and priorities of the school's management and those of the teachers' may not always coincide, and the DOS may have to walk a difficult line in attempting to keep everyone happy.
Whereas some Directors of Studies are well-trained professionals skilled at managing this tricky task; there are others who have neither the aptitude nor the training. These may sometimes give the position a bad name and may even generate unrest among the teaching staff.
The Peter Principle
The Peter Principle states that:
|“||In a Hierarchy Every Employee Tends to Rise to His Level of Incompetence.||”|
In other words, workers continue to be promoted until they cease to competent - or until they are promoted to a position for which they have no skills or aptitude. It is possible that the occasional DOS may have fallen foul of this principle...