Language Assistant in Chinese

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 18, 2020
Jul 18, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Other job types
Asian Studies, part of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, seeks to appoint a Language Assistant in Chinese.

The successful applicant will be required to teach within the framework of the School's courses in undergraduate and
postgraduate Chinese.

The successful candidate will have experience in the delivery of Chinese language teaching within the higher education sector.

This is a full-time, open-ended post available from 1st September 2020. Hours of work are 35 per week over 10 months from September to June. For the months of July and August, working hours will be zero. Annual leave will normally be taken during the months you are scheduled to work. Salary is calculated on an averaged basis and paid in 12 equal monthly instalments.

Salary: Grade UE06 - £28,331 to £32,816 per annum, pro rata (as per averaged salary calculations).

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Professor Aaron Moore, Head of Asian Studies, to

The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 5.00pm (GMT) on 9th July 2020.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

1. Job Details

Job title: Language Assistant in Chinese
School/Support Department: Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Unit: Asian Studies
Line manager: Head of Department

2. Job Purpose

This post involves teaching Chinese at Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

The appointee will be expected to play a full part in the collegiate life of the department of Asian Studies.

3. Main Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

• Teaching Chinese language at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, supporting learners and supervising class room
activities in specific areas (Approx 65% of time)
• Development and provision of teaching and assessment materials, including exam questions. (Approx 10% of time)
• Assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level including (Approx 20% of time):
o monitoring student progress and providing detailed feedback to students
o setting and marking exams and oral tests
o setting and marking assignment
• Assisting with administrative responsibilities of the subject area where relevant.
• Any other duties that may reasonably be required of a Language Assistant, as requested by the Head of School. (Approx 5% of

4. Planning and Organising

The postholder will:

• be expected to organise and carry out their work supervised by their line manager
• be required to liaise closely with other colleagues, particularly those in Chinese and Asian Studies
• make themselves aware of Freedom of information, Data Protection and University Protocols in relation to student and other data.

5. Problem Solving

The postholder will:

• liaise with the Teaching Office staff to resolve student issues and related matters
• use knowledge derived from internal and external sources or previous experience to improve teaching practice
• help and advise students as appropriate.
• It is expected that staff in this position will share their knowledge and best practice guidelines with other staff. This responsibility may be undertaken both formally and informally.

6. Decision Making

• Assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level including,
• Ensure agreed health and safety practices are adhered to during supervising activities.
• Ensure data protection, information freedom, copyright and policy on employee use of social media

7. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


• a good first degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) and evidence of fluent or near fluent proficiency in Chinese and fluent in English
• proficiency in traditional Chinese reading and/or writing
• a proven record of teaching excellence and experience in teaching Chinese as a foreign language, and leading a large group lecture and small group seminars would be an advantage
• experience and demonstrable success in delivering effective university teaching
• a demonstrable capacity to create teaching material
• a proven record of ability to manage time and to work to strict deadlines
• excellent interpersonal skills
• excellent oral and written communication skills
• basic IT skills


• a Master degree or above in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language (TCFL), linguistic studies, Chinese language and literature, or other majors related to education
• designing e-learning materials for teaching and learning
• experience in delivering online learning
• familiarity with the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

8. Key Contacts/Relationships

Immediate colleagues across the School, and in particular their Head of Department; Head of School; Head of Chinese; Course
Organisers; and Professional Services staff in Teaching and Student Support Offices.

9. Dimensions

Bringing together the subject areas of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Sanskrit, we cover some of the world's most vibrant regions. We are also the only HEI in Scotland to offer undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Chinese and Japanese.

10. Any other relevant information

Teaching and Academic Careers

Training and support on department- and course-specific procedures will be provided. In addition, the School also offers a number of events on various aspects of learning and teaching throughout the year.

Further information on the University's project on Teaching and Academic Careers can be found at the following link:

This is a full-time, open-ended post available from 1st September 2020. Hours of work are 35 per week over 10 months from September to June. For the months of July and August, working hours will be zero. Annual leave will normally be taken during the months you are scheduled to work. Salary is calculated on an averaged basis and paid in 12 equal monthly instalments.

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Professor Aaron Moore, Head of Asian Studies, to

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website . The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview. The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 9th July 2020.

Right to Work

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To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

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  • Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE06 and attracts an annual salary of £28,331 to £32,816 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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