Language Lecturer in EAP

Suzhou, Jiangsu (CN)
29 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
25 May 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Institution:        Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
School:            Languages
Department:    English Language Centre
Position Title:   Language Lecturer in EAP (Associate Language Lecturer, Language Lecturer, Senior Language Lecturer)
Location:          Suzhou, China
Salary:             16,937-30,762 RMB/month before tax (with the opportunity to earn above
                        34,219 RMB/month for those promoted to Principal Language Lecturer based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)
Contract Type:  Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended


Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master’s and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn

English Language Centre

At XJTLU, the English Language Centre (ELC) is a growing centre with a full-time staff exceeding 210 lecturers coming from a range of backgrounds, countries, and cultures. We are involved in teaching English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for all of Year 1, a cohort of over 5000 students the majority of whom are enrolled in our Core EAP stream oriented to CEFR A2-B1 language proficiency students. In addition, we teach EAP in Years 2 and 3 as well as have a growing and vibrant Postgraduate EAP programme, ranging from pre-master’s-oriented pre-sessionals to mock vivas and thesis writing boot camps for PhD students. All students in the university can also take advantage of our comprehensive continuous academic support programme. ELC is especially proud to be the first institution outside the UK to be accredited by BALEAP. ELC staff enable and empower all our students through expert and semi-specialised language and skills training. They develop multiple academic literacies that bring degree study success and so are held in high esteem. Career development support and possibilities for EAP practitioners and scholars are excellent, not least because we are in a phase of exciting renewal and growth both as an institution and as a centre. Our future new campus at Taicang, and our new Learning Mall onsite-online ecosystem, are both emblematic of ongoing institutional developments. And the launch of a new School of Languages in September 2020 reflects our commitment to training multilingual graduates with superb academic and intercultural skills who will often move into transnational careers in an age shaped by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


ELC has several openings for Associate Language Lecturer, Language Lecturer and Senior Language Lecturer for suitably experienced, creative, and inspiring EAP teachers, and you are encouraged to apply for a position according to your education, qualifications, and experience. We will appoint at Associate Language Lecturer, Lecturer, Senior Language Lecturer as appropriate.

For most applicants, we generally have two intake periods: January-February and July-August but some appointments may be made at different times in the year pending candidates’ location and availability. Interviews are conducted on an ongoing basis.

Job Description

ELC at XJTLU is a teaching centre and the workload of Lecturers in EAP is shared between teaching, professional engagement, and service. Generally, teaching may be up to 20 hours per week, which might include the summer period.



  • have a good standard of written and spoken English, as this is the working language of the university
  • possess a Master’s of TESOL with practical teaching component or a good class of a relevant master’s degree (e.g. Applied Linguistics, Education) in addition to a language teaching qualification (e.g. DELTA or equivalent – please indicate the modules completed, CELTA, TESOL/TESL/TEFL, or PGCE + TESOL)
  • other master’s degrees may be considered if it can be demonstrated you possess significant and sustained experience teaching EAP/ESP/ESOL/EFL/ESL, especially in a higher education context
  • have minimum 2 years’ post-master’s experience of teaching, assessing and/or developing materials for English for Academic Purposes courses within a higher education i.e. university or college context (e.g. on a foundation year level)


  • be or working toward a Fellow or Senior Fellow, HEA
  • can demonstrate a dynamic, current, and innovative engagement in one or more of the following areas:
  • Technology Enhanced Language Learning (especially pedagogical uses of VR/AR/MR/AI/mobiles)
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • All specialisms in EAP including: writing centre development and the provision of online and other forms of student engagement and academic support; communicative and task-based methodologies; syllabus and materials design; skills-oriented assessment; problem-based language learning [preferably with emotional intelligence development embedded]; the promotion of learner autonomy; self-access and self-diagnostic language learning


Salary is commensurate with education, qualifications, and work experience. Staff receive generous subsidies for accommodation, travel, children’s education, and medical insurance. A relocation allowance is provided. Non-Chinese passport holders may qualify for multi-year income tax “holidays”, depending on nationality and tax residency.


Employment at XJTLU is regulated by Chinese labour laws and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with respect to obtaining work permits and visas.


Please submit your application online and upload a single PDF file that includes 3 parts in the order of below to “Resume” section in system.

  • A cover letter (in your letter, please tell us where you saw the ad)
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, highest degree level, and current/previous monthly salary (before tax)
  • Contact details for three references; where possible, attach reference letters if available

Informal inquiries

Closing Date: Open until all positions are filled

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