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Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Language Centre

LOCATION: Suzhou Campus

SALARY: The salary range for the positions is 16,444 – 33,222 RMB/month depending on qualifications and experience, with higher salary levels available through internal promotion.

UNIVERSITY AND DEPARTMENT OVERVIEW:

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The University now has over 10,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Suzhou has been ranked the 74th most liveable city in the 2018 Global Liveability Index. Additionally, it is well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP, and the SIP has a higher GDP per capita than the UK. The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M. Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there is a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

We are a growing, dynamic and international centre, currently with over 200 full-time teaching staff from twelve different countries. We are involved in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese. English language activities account for the majority of the LC’s work and primarily consist of:

  • Credit-bearing EAP modules for all undergraduate students, organized by academic subject area

There are also more limited opportunities for English Language Teachers to teach in other areas, including:

  • “Integrated Learning” 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 pre-sessional 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 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.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:

  • Teaching English language and study skills (primarily EAP) at university level
  • Administrative duties including:
    • Class preparation
    • Grading homework
    • Providing feedback on draft work
    • Contributing to module development
    • Acting as module examiner
    • Pastoral care of students via the university’s academic advising system
    • Participating in project work beyond the scope of the module
    • Attending and participating in Professional Development opportunities
    • Attending and participating in relevant meetings

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Applications are invited for English language teaching positions in the Language Centre (LC) at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU), Suzhou, China. Candidates are primarily sought for an August 5, 2019 start; however, a limited number of appointments may be made with earlier start dates. Interviews will be conducted on an ongoing basis.

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 full-time 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); Assessment, syllabus and materials design. 

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s Degree in English-related discipline (or nearing completion)
  • Ideally two years of full time relevant teaching experience

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE:

  • Teaching qualification such as CELTA, DELTA  

COMPENSATION PACKAGE:

Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children’s educational, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday,” depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

CITIZENSHIP AND VISA REGULATIONS:

Employment at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas.  Please be advised candidates over 55 may be not eligible for PRC work visa. 

TO APPLY:

Please send your application to AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. In the subject line write the Positon you are applying for and quote the job ID number for reference.

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter specifying your suitability for the role
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact details for three references 

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above. 

Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Staff Management Team at AcademicPositions@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID in your enquiry.

Location: Suzhou - China
Salary: ¥197,328 to ¥398,664
£22,034.04 to £44,515.62 converted salary* depending on qualifications and experience
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 21st November 2018
Closes: 22nd January 2019
Job Ref: 995548
 
   
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