Spanish Language Tutor

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Language Centre

Applications are invited for Spanish language teaching positions in the Language Centre (LC) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU). Candidates are sought for either a February 2018 or August 2018 start date. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.

Why work for the Language Centre at XJTLU?
We are a growing and dynamic, international centre, currently with over 180 full-time teaching staff from 12 different countries involved in the teaching of English, Chinese, and Spanish. At present, we employ nine full-time Spanish language tutors, and are looking to increase this number over the coming year. There are opportunities for Spanish language tutors to be involved in a range of different types of delivery, including:

  • Compulsory credit-bearing Spanish language modules on the university’s “BA International Business with a Language” degree programme, which allows students to study Spanish continuously through their degree up to CEFR B2 level 
  • Optional credit-bearing Spanish language modules available to undergraduate students
  • Spanish language courses that are an optional component of postgraduate degrees
  • Out-of-class Spanish language support activities
  • Coordination of content for an overseas summer Spanish immersion programme in Hispanic America

Additionally, there are opportunities for staff to develop their careers by taking on managerial and administrative roles, as well as by contributing to both LC and university-level committees. All managerial, administrative and committee roles are appointed to on a fixed-term basis, thus providing all staff members with a range of options to take on responsibilities in areas that interest them.

Further to the above, both the centre and the wider university have a strong commitment to the professional development of LC teaching staff. At the university level, new staff are enrolled free-of-charge on a University of Liverpool certificate or postgraduate certificate programme, completion of which leads to fellowship of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). The LC also holds regular professional development events. While the LC is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, funding is available for staff to present at conferences that are relevant to the work of the centre, provided that this does not interfere with teaching duties.

About XJTLU
XJTLU is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK and Chinese accredited undergraduate degrees. Following its opening in 2006, the first cohort of undergraduate XJTLU students graduated in August 2010. The university now has over 13,000 registered undergraduate and postgraduate students, and this number is set to grow further in the coming years.

About Suzhou
XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), 80km from Shanghai and connected by high speed rail and road links. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. It has experienced economic growth rates of over 30% for more than a decade. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town a major World Heritage Site. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and SIP offers a high quality of life. 

Salary and conditions
The salary range for the positions is 16,043 – 32,412 RMB/month depending on qualifications and experience, with higher salary levels available through internal promotion. In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses.

Position requirements
Successful applicants should be educated to Master’s degree level in a relevant area (e.g. Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language), and should have at least two years of post-master’s relevant teaching experience, preferably at university level. Additionally, applicants should have a good standard of written and spoken English, as this is the working language of the university.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from teachers with a background/experience of teaching in Hispanic America, and who can demonstrate an interest in either or both of the following areas: Technology Enhanced Learning; Assessment, syllabus and materials design.

Please note that all non-Chinese appointments are subject to candidates meeting local visa requirements.

Applications and further enquiries
To apply, please visit our website at http://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/about/jobs/ to submit an online application. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the LC Deputy Director responsible for Spanish language provision, Eoin Jordan (eoin.jordan@xjtlu.edu.cn), or to the LC Director, Chris Macallister (chris.macallister@xjtlu.edu.cn).


To learn more about working and living in China, please visit: www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/country-profiles/china


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