English Language and Writing Center Instructor Job Description
Description of the Program
Designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the unique challenges of the 21st century, Schwarzman Scholars gives the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to pursue a one-year Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University, China’s most prestigious institution. We believe that to respond to future challenges, leaders must understand China and its role in the world. To this end, our program, taught in English, promotes engagement and cultural exchange by integrating academic coursework, language learning, guest lectures, mobile-learning Deep Dives, mentorships and internships. Over the course of the year, students will be immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators, and leaders in business, politics, and society. They will develop their leadership skills and expand their professional networks while engaging in academic discussions, exploring career opportunities, and experiencing China. We will be welcoming our eighth cohort of Scholars in Fall 2023. Learn more at www.schwarzmanscholars.org.
Description of the Position
Language is at the heart of communication, and communication is at the heart of exchange, collaboration, and leadership. The English Instructor will work to transform how students “talk and write” in English to how students “communicate” in English by building curriculum and programming that develops students writing and speaking skills. You will help students expand the ways in which they engage in discussions and the ways in which they interact with their peers from around the word. You will help them tell their stories and present them to a crowd of two or to a crowd of 200. You will coach them through their writing – be it professional or academic –to help them understand their experiences, their ideas, their work, and the world around them.
The English Instructor will work closely with native speakers and ESL learners from around the world throughout the course of the year. You will be a teacher, a coach, a curriculum developer, and a collaborator as part of the Language team and the Student Life team.
The position offers a work visa, competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, paid summer/winter vacations, and an option to apply to live in the College.
Duties and Responsibilities
Teach small, discussion-style classes to scholars of mixed English proficiencies (advanced to near-native)
Track the progress of individual students and provide regular, individualized feedback on their learning progress
Design course materials and evaluate teaching resources as needed
Work with the Language team to continue refining the curriculum and standards
Maintain regular Writing Center office hours to give students writing feedback
Work alongside the Academic and Student Life teams to design and host workshops covering common English and writing-related topics
Participate in other Student Life activities throughout the year (e.g., Orientation, Deep Dive)
Master’s degree in TESOL/TEFL, Applied Linguistics, English, Journalism, a social science, or a related field (Bachelor’s degree with extensive related experience will also be considered)
Minimum 2 years’ full time work experience teaching English as an additional language including academic and/or adult professional English
Native English fluency
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
Demonstrated ability to work with students of varying English proficiencies, especially near-native speakers
Demonstrated sensitivity to students’ needs and cultural differences
Experience designing and writing lesson plans
Experience collaborating across disciplines/departments
Certificate (CELTA or equivalent) in teaching English as a second language with significant experience
2 or more years teaching in a university setting
Demonstrated effectiveness working with Chinese speakers
Have direct knowledge of Chinese academic and/or business culture
Have direct knowledge of international academic and/or business culture
Experience innovating in the education space
Beginner-level Chinese or above
Start date is flexible but should be by early August at the latest. We will begin conducting interviews of qualified applicants in February, and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume in English to: English@sc.tsinghua.edu.cn.
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