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Academic English Instructor

Zhejiang University - Center for Academic Affairs/English Language Center

About Zhejiang University & ZJU International Campus 

Founded in 1897, Zhejiang University (ZJU) is one of China's oldest and most prestigious universities. It is a member of the country's elite C9 League, and is ranked 54th globally in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. 

In 2016 ZJU opened a high-profile international campus which partners with other prestigious universities from around the world. Current partners of the ZJU International Campus are the University of Edinburgh (in the field of biomedical sciences) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (in the field of engineering), and more highly-ranked overseas institutions will join as partners in the coming years. Students are admitted under the same academic requirements as those on other campuses of Zhejiang University, and they are obtaining two degrees from both ZJU and the partner university. English language is used in all course teaching activities. The campus is based in Haining, one of China's fastest growing cities located in the "one-hour economic circle" of Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Suzhou. We have an ambitious vision for a new model of transnational higher education, bringing together the best of multiple countries' higher education systems on a single campus. 

About the Language Center 

The Language Center is committed to providing a supportive language learning environment and to enhancing students' English proficiency, especially communicative competence in academic settings. Through a variety of classes and activities, the Language Center also aims at cultivating students with creativity, intercultural awareness, critical thinking skills, and life-long learning abilities.   

Post Description & Responsibilities 

  • Location: Haining, Zhejiang Province, China
  • Term: 2 years, starting from August 20th, 2020  
  • Workload: 40 hours/week, including 15-16 teaching hours/week
  • Teaching English for general purposes involving four basic skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing 
  • Teaching academic writing courses
  • Teaching a variety of classes including literature, creative writing, intercultural communication, newspaper reading, etc.
  • Organizing events, activities and workshops to create an encouraging language learning environment and to enhance students' motivation in learning English 

Knowledge, Skills & Experience Essential 

  • Experience of the higher education system - as student and/or as staff (required for this recruitment round)
  • Master's degree in TESOL/Applied Linguistics (or equivalent), or Cambridge ESOL DELTA
  • English as native language, or equivalent English language proficiency 
  • Ideally three years' experience in English language teaching at university level 
  • Experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes
  • Confidence in analyzing language learning and academic performance, and in giving clear and constructive feedbacks on students' spoken and written work 
  • Ability to work in a team, and to teach and assess to agreed criteria


  • Experience in teaching in China 
  • Experience in teaching English for STEM subjects 
  • Experience in teaching rhetoric/composition courses
  • Experience in EAP curriculum and materials development
  • Experience in innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning

Conditions of Employment  

The contract of employment will be held with ZJU International Campus and the appointment and conditions will be governed by the employment laws of China and the policies and practices of Zhejiang University. 

Application Procedure  

To apply, please email the following documents to

  • a cover letter 
  • CV that lists teaching experience, major research awards and honors, publications, history of research funding and mentorship
  • scanned copies of relevant degrees/diplomas, transcripts, and teaching certificates
  • a recommendation letter from current or recent employer (if this is not feasible, please provide names of referees who could be contacted at interview/offer stage)

Only successful applicants will be contacted, and to be invited for an interview. Interviews will be conducted in person or via video online. Recruitment decisions are made by a committee made up of members from relevant departments at ZJU, taking into account the application and the needs of the role. 

Location: Haining - China
Salary: ¥200,000 to ¥230,000
£22,840 to £26,266 converted salary* per year (+ annual round-trip flight tickets; basic medical insurance)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th March 2020
Closes: 26th April 2020
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