April 23rd, 2009
We need a teacher here in a hurry. We have fallen victim to shitty timing that is nobody’s fault.
It goes like this: One of our new teachers has to head home in a hurry due to a family emergency. My heart is with this colleague, it’s a shitty situation for him no matter which way you look at it, the kind that would have any of us heading home on the first available form of transport of any kind. Trouble for those of us left behind is that we have to find somebody to cover his classes.
That’s 20 teaching hours going vacant. I’m pretty sure we can handle 4 of those teaching hours in house, but for the other 16 we need at the very least one more teacher.
The four teaching hours that I’m sure can be handled in house are first year “culture” (as in, introduction to the culture and society of the “major” English-speaking countries), the other 16 are second year oral English.
Now here’s the situation: We are working on a joint degree programme between a top-tier university in Beijing and an Australian university, the degree being a Bachelor of Information Technology. Us foreign teachers are the “linguistic support” to the IT programme. In other words, our job is teaching English for Academic Purposes with a specific view to first getting our students up to speed then keeping them going through their IT programme.
The key here is “support”: Our job is to support the students through the programme, buidling up the skills they need to succeed in this programme which to them is extremely foreign.
It’s a good and rewarding job. The admin staff are very supportive, our students are superb, and as exhausting as a week teaching often is, I have to say that I often walk home on a rush that can’t be got from a cup of coffee, no matter how strong. Working with the students I have- the very same students you would teach if you took this job- is exhilirating.
What I’m saying is that we have, through circumstances most unfortunate, found ourselves in need of a teacher to start work in about 10 days time, a teacher who is a native speaker of English with a reasonably mild accent and a decent command of the language, a university education (at least a bachelor’s degree), and willing to come to Beijing very, very soon.
If you’re interested, leave a comment with a valid email in the ’email’ field and any questions you have, I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.