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Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University – Language Centre

Applications are invited for an English language teaching position in the Language Centre (LC) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China. Candidates are primarily sought for an August 13, 2018 start; however, appointments may be made with earlier start dates. 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 twelve different countries. We are involved in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Chinese, and Spanish. English language activities account for the majority of the LC’s work, and there are opportunities for tutors to be involved in a range of different types of delivery, including:

  • Credit-bearing EAP modules for all undergraduate students, organized by academic subject area.
  • “Joint Delivery” modules, which are part of a recent initiative to collaboratively deliver credit-bearing content modules with other academic departments at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, based on a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) model.
  • English language courses that form part of postgraduate degree programmes.
  • A postgraduate presessional programme.
  • In-sessional, continuing support for all students across all skills.
  • Writing support via the LC Writing Centre.

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.

In addition 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, and has its own English language journal (ETiC – English Teaching in China). While the LC is a teaching centre, with no specific research remit, some 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.


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 10,000 registered undergraduate and postgraduate students on campus, 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, preferably in Applied Linguistics/TESOL or equivalent, and should have at least two years of post-master’s relevant teaching experience, preferably at university or foundation year level. Additionally, applicants should have a recognized teaching qualification, such as a CELTA or DELTA, and should be able to demonstrate an interest in one or more of the following areas that are relevant to the work of the centre: English for Academic Purposes (EAP); Technology Enhanced Learning; Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); Academic Literacies; Assessment, syllabus, and materials design. Please note all non-Chinese appointments are subject to candidates meeting local visa requirements.

Applications and further enquiries

To apply, please visit our website at http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn to submit an online application. Informal enquiries may be addressed to the LC Deputy Director (EAP), Carly Ridyard (carly.ridyard@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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