StarTalk Program Mandarin Instructor

Utah State University

We are seeking an experienced Mandarin instructor to join our Startalk Program team. The instructor will be responsible for delivering high-quality online Mandarin language instruction to high school students in the Startalk Program. The program includes pre-camp and post-camp instruction, curriculum design, and assignment grading.

In-State: This position is telework eligible within the state of Utah

Deliver Online Instruction during two periods of time: (pre-camp: 02/01/2024~05/31/2024) and (post-camp: 07/15/2024~10/05/2024). Totaling 30 hours of instruction in pre-camp and 30 hours of instruction in post-camp Instruction.
Conduct online language instruction for 8-10 high school students in accordance with the program curriculum.
Provide engaging and interactive lessons that align with ACTFL language proficiency standards.
Foster a positive and inclusive learning environment that encourages active participation.
Design high effective and engaged online curriculum with activities and games to increase students’ engagement and motivation.
Develop and design curriculum materials that align with program goals and objectives.
Deliver comprehensive and structured lessons to prepare students for the residential camp.
Utilize educational technology tools and apps to enhance the learning experience.
Incorporate authentic materials and technology tools to enhance language acquisition.
Grade assignments, provide feedback, and assess student performance throughout the program.
Effective communication with students, parents and colleagues
Ensure assignments and assessments are meaningful and aligned with program outcomes.

Contract Period and hours: 12/15/2023~10/15/2024

Pre-camp: 02/01/2024~05/31/2024
30 hours of online instruction
40 hours of curriculum design
4 hours of training/meeting
30 hours of homework grading feedback working

Post-camp: 07/15/2024~10/05/2024
30 hours of online instruction
40 hours of curriculum design
4 hours of training/meeting
30 hours of homework grading feedback working
104 hours in total

Minimum of five years full-time secondary school Mandarin teaching experience as a world language teacher.
Proficient in teaching intermediate and advanced levels of Mandarin Chinese.
Familiarity with educational technology tools and apps, such as Google Classroom, Google/MS Office suite, Nearpod, Quizlet, ChatGPT, etc.
Strong understanding of ACTFL language proficiency standards.
Must be a US Citizen or permanent resident.
The candidate or the candidate’s employer cannot be affiliated with Confucius Institution or any Chinese government grant.
Job offer is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Required Documents:
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume highlighting relevant teaching experience. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
2. Cover letter expressing interest and qualifications for the position.
3. One recommendation letter from a professional reference
4. One 30-minute language lesson plan sample from Nearpod

Documents 2-4 to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**
Advertised Salary: Depending on Experience ADA:
Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

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