teach English in Beijing

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.

8 Responses to “teach English in Beijing”

  1. Lan Nim Says:

    Hi,

    I would like to teach English in China and was wondering if you can help me? I am looking to teach English in China for a year (full time). Here are some details about me:

    – My name is Lan Nim
    – I am of Chinese origin but was born in the UK (I am still based in the UK)
    – I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese
    – I can’t read/write Chinese characters, but I am comfortable using Pin Yin
    – My preference in choice of city are: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Changsha

    Although I have no experience in teaching English, I do have experience in teaching and training people with IT. I am a confident in presenting lectures as well as enthusiastic about the topic I am trying convey across. I am confident I can make the transition across for training people with IT to teaching English.

    If you provide me with an email address, I’ll send you a copy of my CV to show you what I have to offer. If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone (+447888695622). Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    Lan Nim

  2. wangbo Says:

    Lan Nim, I sent you an email in reply.

  3. Charles Says:

    I’m a Beijing resident who follows your blog and is looking for work. My initial question would be where are classes taught? I’m sure we can acquaint each other further over email.

  4. wangbo Says:

    Charles, an email is on its way.

  5. Language hack Says:

    Do Asian-looking English teachers make the same money as white English teachers?

  6. wangbo Says:

    Language hack, I understand the issues you refer to, but I have never yet seen any evidence to suggest my boss would base pay rates on skin colour or ethnicity.

  7. Ian Jones Says:

    Hi, I ve just got a Masters degree from the UK, and am looking for a job in Beijing at a university. Currently I am the Educational Director of a small company in Tokyo.

    I hope I can find something good in China thats worth moving for.

    Thanks for your consideration

  8. wangbo Says:

    Thanks for your interest, Ian, I’ve sent you an email.