Academic Lead Teacher for International Pathways Program
(2019-2020 School Year)
Massachusetts International Academy is currently seeking a lead teacher to teach, mentor, and guide English Second Language (ESL) teachers at one of our partner schools in China, Shenzhen Arcadia Grammar School, Shenzhen, China, which is a secondary school. The position would start with 2 weeks of training in Marlborough, MA, followed by 2 weeks of training in Shenzhen, China. Once classes commence, the incumbent would be expected to further develop and deliver curriculum as outlined below and mentor/coach fellow colleagues during non-teaching time. This will involve class observations, one-on-one meetings, ESL Faculty meetings, and giving professional development workshops to colleagues. Last, the position requires participation and attendance at various marketing events.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:
The ESL Teacher works with the administrative team and other teachers to provide an interactive and communicative instruction that provides language training through a variety of approaches focused on specific programmatic goals: a) university preparation, academic skills, and personal development; b) cultural experience and personal growth; c) English language survival skills and basic literacy; d) American culture and values. Teaching approaches are meaning-focused and student-centered based on the Communicative Language Approach and the Task Based Learning Approach as appropriate. Teachers employ these methods in various ways but generally follow a pattern of presentation, practice and production. Student speaking time is maximized while teacher speaking time is minimized. Students are then given classwork and homework to produce (and practice) and share the concepts to show that they have learned the particular objective. The ESL Teacher will generally assist in most aspects of program design, delivery, coordination, management, and related organizational and logistical support activities. Teachers deliver a rigorous, relevant, and sequenced course of study from beginner through intermediate to advanced levels, incorporating listening, speaking, reading and writing skills into each class.
Teaching duties: teach one or two IPP courses, no more than 15 teaching hours per week.
Academic management duties:
Support teachers and offer direction in lesson preparation, classroom management, professional development, student/parent relations and student assessment. Observe teachers in the classroom to provide constructive criticism and helpful solutions.
Evaluate and track the progress of the teachers. Responsible for academic meetings and curriculum planning. Select appropriate materials and textbooks for certain courses.
Serve as liaison between teachers and administrators. Hold online conferences with MAIA and IPP headquarters on a monthly basis to discuss student progress, any classroom issues and teachers’ professional development.
Marketing duties: support marketing and promotional activities such as demo classes, Open Day receptions, and speeches to parents/partners. Support the production of promotional materials.
May entail some weekend travel. Related travel expenses paid by Cernet.
The Academic Lead Teacher for International Pathways Program does not carry out supervisory responsibilities.
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in teaching English Second Language or closely related field.
Preferred: MS or MA in TESOL/Applied Linguistics (closely related field with a TEFL/TESOL or Celta certification is acceptable)
Some business management/educational leadership classes taken.
3+ years teaching experience at high school or college level, 1 or 2 years academic leadership experience preferred.
Must be eligible to work in the United States.
Familiar with US education system.
Knowledge of the education system, school environment, and students’ needs in China.
Good communication and classroom management skills; responsible and compassionate.
Good observational and analytical skills and be able to offer fresh, creative solutions in difficult situations.
Committed, reliable, culturally aware and adaptive.
Must be able and willing to work some weekends at marketing related events.
Language & Reasoning Abilities
Ability to read, understand, and analyze most complex business documents.
Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints so others will comprehend.
Ability to write effectively and present information to students and staff.
Ability to listen and speak clearly.
Ability to effectively communicate orally in various professional settings.
Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Move around the classroom while filming projects.
Use their hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools, or controls.
Speak clearly so listeners can understand.
Understand the speech of another person.
Hear sounds and recognize the difference between them.
See details of objects whether they are nearby or far away.
USD $35,000.00 - $40,000.00
Contractual dates of employment: August 12, 2019 – August 11, 2020
Housing or a housing stipend equivalent of 4,500 RMB will be provided while in Shenzhen, China.
Round trip airfare up to 8,000 RMB will be provided.
We are equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, gender identity and expression, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
MAIA conducts CORI/SORI background checks and pre-employment drug testing.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Additional Salary Information: Housing or a housing stipend equivalent of 4,500 RMB will be provided while in Shenzhen, China.
Round trip airfare up to 8,000 RMB will be provided.
About Massachusetts International Academy
Massachusetts International Academy (MAIA), a young private residential school offering Chinese students one year of intensive English-language preparation before college study.
MAIA's Mission is to increase students' English language proficiency, equip students with the skills needed for successful academic study, and teach students about American life and values to assist them in the acculturation process.