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Part Time Evening Class Lecturer in Mandarin Chinese

Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

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Imperial College London, Exhibition Road, London, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £45,234 - £53,536 (pro rata)
  • REF: PRO00608
  • Closes: 29th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Part Time

Job description

Job summary

The Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication (CLCC) at Imperial College is home to the Imperial Horizons programme for undergraduates, a large Language programme , and two very popular MSc programmes in Science Communication. Alongside this curriculum, the Centre also offers a vibrant adult education style evening class programme to students, staff and visitors to the College throughout the academic year. The programme offers classes in a variety of arts, science and humanities courses, designed to be informative, inclusive and engaging.

You will offer an evening class in post-beginner’s Mandarin Chinese, teaching to a non-specialist adult education audience, starting in October. The class will be taught one evening a week from 6:30pm to 8:30pm for twenty weeks with possible further iterations of the class in subsequent academic terms. This course will run only subject to sufficient student recruitment.

You will join part of a small team of Mandarin teaching staff, who work on the evening class programme as well as the Horizons undergraduate programme. The role therefore involves teaching to members of the public, postgraduate students and staff of the College, as well as students who may be from a scientific, technical or medical background.

Duties and responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

  • Preparing and delivering classes, including the design and provision of appropriate additional teaching materials in print and/or online
  • Monitoring students’ attendance, keeping online attendance register up-to-date and liaising with administration on student attendance issues
  • Supporting and advising students as required
  • Forward planning of own teaching, in discussion with the Coordinator

Other Duties

  • Responding promptly to email correspondence and communicating across the Mandarin and evening class teams
  • Attending relevant CLCC meetings (e.g. start of year meeting)
  • Engage in continuous professional development and training
  • Liaising regularly with administration and support on room issues and/or IT problems
  • Comply with relevant College policies, including Academic Regulations, Financial Regulations, Equal Opportunities Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Health and Safety Policy, Information Systems Security Policy and Intellectual Property Rights, library regulations including Copyright regulations and Register of Interests Policies
  • Any other duties commensurate with the grade of the post as directed by line manager / supervisor

Essential requirements

To be successful in this role you will have:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification in modern languages, linguistics or Mandarin as a foreign language (Master FLE) or related field.
  • Experience in the teaching of Mandarin courses at university level, preferably to students with a science / technology background.
  • Excellent IT literacy with a particular focus on the Microsoft 365 suite and Zoom
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and in Mandarin Chinese.
  • An ability to work calmly under pressure, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Good personal organisation and time management skills
  • An ability to build relationships and collaborate with others

Further information

As you may be required to teach in the classroom and online, you will be expected to have a laptop or desktop computer with an internet connection capable of supporting online teaching.

This is a part time post, with variable hours to be agreed annually with the right candidate. Classes for this course take place on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 and the successful candidate will be expected to be available at that time. There is a possibility of further teaching but this is subject to student demand.

Should you have any queries please contact the Coordinator for Mandarin, Dr Ruth Herd, ruth.herd@imperial.ac.uk or the Programme Manager for Evening Classes, Dr Michael Paraskos m.paraskos@imperial.ac.uk .

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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