Instructor - Summer Bridging Program Laurentian University

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

The English Language Institute is seeking a qualified English (ESL) instructor to teach a 6-week intensive English for Academic Preparation course at our partner institutions in Zhejiang University of Finance in China. This 6-week intensive course is offered in China in July and August of this year. The tentative dates are July 9th – August 17th (final dates will only be confirmed March 31st).

The students studying in the Summer Bridging Program will then come to Laurentian University in September, 2019 to attend their third year in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program.

We are currently looking for a professional, dynamic and qualified English as a Second Language teacher who is passionate about teaching young adults in one of our partner universities in the province of Hangzhou, China. The successful candidate will teach grammar, academic writing, reading, critical thinking skills, listening, speaking and Canadian culture.

A portion of the contract hours will be assigned prior to departing for China, as the successful candidate will be required to participate in the following:

  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Culture-shock workshop
  • Collaboration and design of group activities
Duties & Responsibilities: 

Instructor Responsibilities in China

  • Ensure the curriculum, course outcomes and learning objectives are being followed by executing the Program Course of Study (designed and developed by the ZUFE Program Coordinator)
  • Collaborate with colleagues to provide input and clear objectives on group learning activities as outlined in the Program Course of Study
  • Follow the assigned skills based teaching schedule
  • Use relevant technology to support language instruction
  • Administer tests and assess weekly presentations
  • Assign and grade classwork and homework
  • Maintain accurate and complete academic records of students’ progress and attendance
  • Provide appropriate and timely feedback on all assignments
  • Meet weekly with the Program Coordinator to ensure the planned outline for that week has been met and submit weekly in-class assessment
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students regarding personal academic progress
  • Tabulate grades and prepare final reports for students
  • Be professional, motivated and have a strong focus on academic excellence

As well as having a good command of English and the relevant qualifications, the candidate will need to show evidence of the following:

  • a friendly and confident manner
  • good planning and organisational skills
  • the ability to work under pressure
  • flexible and have an adaptable teaching style
  • creative skills and ideas for planning practical and interesting lessons
  • excellent communication skills
  • effective listening skills
  • able to work long hours
  • energetic and passionate in teaching adult learners
  • relevant computer skills
  • a deep sense of cultural awareness, sensitivity, tolerance and patience
  • able to work well with others and demonstrate strong collaborative skills
  • be available for colleagues and students
  • be adaptable to unexpected situations
  • dress in appropriate business attire

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Ability to teach all skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar
  • Minimum of a B.A.
  • Minimum TESL Canada Certification
  • Previous teaching experience in an English for Academic Preparation at a university, college, or private language school
  • International teaching experience preferred


  • Applicants must have a valid passport
  • Applicants must have all required up-to-date vaccinations
  • Applicants must have a personal laptop
Laurentian University
935 Ramsey Lake Road
Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6
Other information: 

Included in the contract while in China:

  • Accommodations, flights, airport pick-up and transportation to and from school
  • Teaching: 7 hours/day (lunch is unpaid)
  • Preparation: 2 hours/day for grading and preparing lessons
  • Visa Application Fees
  • Travel Insurance
  • Communication while in China (cell phone for local calls)
  • o Note: individual class sizes are 18 - 20 students and group class sizes will be larger but all instructors will be present during group class time

Not included in the contract while in China:

  • Meal allowance on and off-campus
  • Personal travel
  • Transportation outside of teaching hours
  • Personal classroom supplies

Included in the contract while in Canada:

  • Time allocated for course preparation, pre-departure orientation, and team meetings

Instructors are employed by Laurentian University and salaries are paid in Canadian currency and directly deposited into your Canadian banking institution.

The salary for this contract is $15,795. The contract will start mid June and end in August. Please note that time allocated in June will be approximately 12-15 hours for an on-campus orientation and time for collaboration. The balance of hours is in China. Instructors will be paid on a monthly basis at the end of the month. Tentative departure is the Wednesday prior to the start of the academic week.

How to apply: 

Interested applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume by Thursday, March 15th to Shannon Luomaranta, ZUFE Program Coordinator via email