The Warburg seeks trained Italian Teacher

Thu 4 June 2020

Italian Language Teaching

Renaissance Italian Palaeography Teaching

The Institute seeks a part-time trained Italian teacher/s who can teach:

  1. Modern Italian, beginner and intermediate and; 
  2. Renaissance Italian at advanced level.

All three are at postgraduate level and with a focus on translation. The post-holder will also teach a one-week intensive course of Renaissance Italian. This would be held in January 2021, but in subsequent years be held in September, and a successive one week course may then be offered the following January.

The Institute also seeks an Italian Renaissance palaeographer who can teach at beginner level. 

The role requires the tutor to prepare all materials for the lessons and to use the Institute’s Virtual Learning Environment to share resources with the students, prepare and mark placement tests, and prepare and mark both the mock and final exams.

Tutors are paid pro-rata equivalent on Level 7, point 33 of the University of London's salary scale: £40,548. This will be a fixed term contract and will run from 1 October 2020 until 31 May 2021, and will be for approximately 174 hours in total accross the contract period. 

We welcome applications in either area, or from a single scholar who can teach both the languages and the palaeography

Italian Language

Each Italian language module will consist of two-hour weekly seminars and each will run over two terms of ten weeks each. The language of instruction will be English and the focus will be on reading and translation. Beginner Italian will cover the fundamentals of grammar and provide a grounding in general vocabulary and the specialised language frequently encountered in historical scholarship on the Renaissance; Intermediate Italian will build on students’ already-developed skills in grammar, increasing their vocabularies and familiarity with early modern texts and incorporating authentic source material when/if appropriate. Advanced Italian will consolidate students’ understanding of the grammar and vocabulary of Renaissance Italian and will focus on translating authentic source material into English. Each module is self-contained; except in the first few weeks when abilities are sorted out, most students are not expected to move from one level to another over the course of the year. Each module will require one revision session in the summer term.

Renaissance Italian Palaeography

Renaissance Italian Palaeography will provide postgraduate scholars with training in reading early modern script. It will be tailored as far as possible to the needs of the students in the group. The course will consist of one-hour weekly seminars, and will run over two terms of ten weeks each. The module will require one revision session in the summer term.

Both modules contribute to the two MA Degrees taught at the Warburg Institute: the MA in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History and the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture. The modules are also open to PhD students as part of the Doctoral Research Training offered at the Warburg Institute. Depending on internal enrolment and uptake, the language modules are open to enrolment from outside the Institute.

If you have any questions, please contact

To apply, please send your CV and cover letter to

Deadline for applications: 18 June 2020