Foreign English/German Teachers

Sun Yat-sen University

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1 About the School of Foreign Languages

The School of Foreign Languages (FLS) enjoys a long history as one of the oldest schools of Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU). Its predecessor, the Department of English Literature, was established in 1924. The French Major and the German Major were set up in 1957 and 1958 respectively, and in 1978, the Japanese Major was established. In 1992, FLS was officially founded based on the former Department of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou English Language Center (GELC) and the Center of Chinese Training of Sun Yat-sen University. FLS comprises four academic departments, namely the Department of English, the Department of French, the Department of German and the Department of Japanese.

The school seeks to recruit foreign language instructors to offer courses in listening, speaking, writing, culture, literature etc., in order to create a better language learning environment for the students.

2 About Sun Yat-sen University

Sun Yat-sen University, founded by Dr. Sun Yat-sen,has an educational tradition spanning over 100 years. Under the direct supervision of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China, and strongly supported by both the Ministry and Guangdong Province, Sun Yat-sen University has developed into a modern comprehensive university that enjoys a reputation as a top-tier university nationally and a renowned university internationally. With five campuses in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen, and ten affiliated hospitals, the University is striving to become a world-class university and global center of learning.

Built on a solid multidisciplinary foundation of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, and engineering, Sun Yat-sen University is propelled forward by the continuous pursuit of academic innovation. The University is equipped with a globally aware outlook, and has dedicated itself to being an institution that is comprehensive, research-oriented, and open. The University adheres to the socialist orientation of higher education, focusing on the fundamental task of nurturing virtue and talents. The basic guiding philosophy is to target the global science frontiers, serve the main economic battlefield, strive to fulfill significant needs of the country and benefit people’s lives and health. The coordinated development of five campuses in the three cities of Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Shenzhen will jointly support the development of the entire University. The University is pushing forward the transformation from external development to internal development, the transformation from routine development to active development, and the transformation from a university with discrete advantages in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and medical sciences to a university where humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, medical sciences, engineering, agriculture and arts can achieve comprehensive development. Now, standing at a new starting point, Sun Yat-sen University strives to join the national first-tier universities and build a world-class university with Chinese characteristics.

1 Job Category:


2 Job Subcategory:

English instructor, German instructor

3 Job Description

(Roles and Responsibilities)

-Prepare and deliver an average of 10-12 English/German sessions per week (45-minute for one class, 18 teaching weeks per semester). The yearly teaching load is between 360 and 432 teaching sessions.

-Develop at least one required course and one optional course.

-Act as tutor/coach for students participating in English/German contests and competitions.

4 Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience

-Proficient English/German speaker (native English/German speakers are preferred).

-Undergraduate degree or above in languages, linguistics, literatures, education, cultural studies, or other relevant humanities subjects awarded by renowned universities in English/German-speaking countries.

-At least two years of relevant teaching experience (Applicants with a degree in education, linguistics, or other relevant disciplines, or in possession of a TEFL certificate, are exempt from this condition).

-Physically able to meet the requirements of the job.

-Aged between 25 and 58.

5 Required Competencies

-Commitment to education and teaching.

-Commitment to enriching the student experience.

-Proficiency in different teaching approaches and methods.

-Strong (inter-) cultural awareness.

6 Application Deadline

Open until positions are filled.

7 Type of Position

Fixed Term (renewable, possibility of renewing the contract for 1-3 years), Full-time

8 Country/Territory


9 Location (City)

Guangzhou (Guangzhou south campus, Sun Yat-sen University)

10 Number of Vacancies

2 English instructors and 1 German instructor

11 Salary, Benefits and Terms

Monthly salary: pre tax salary 9667 RMB/month (starting from September or February)

In addition to the monthly salary, a yearly bonus shall be paid based on successful completion of the required teaching hours and contribution to the academic development of the university.

12 Application Procedure

Please submit the following application documents:

  • Cover letter (max: 500 words)
  • Copy of the first page of your valid passport
  • CV in English
  • Scanned copy of your highest degree certificate and teaching certificates
  • Two letters of reference by your current or former employer (or university supervisor)
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