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Job Opportunity at Hong Kong International School


Hong Kong International School (HKIS)

Hong Kong International School (HKIS) prepares students for future
challenges by incorporating academic excellence with technology,
cross-cultural understanding, spirituality, and social responsibility.
We offer a coeducational program for students from Pre-K to 12 (age
4-18), providing an American-style curriculum to US and international
students and with English as the language of instruction. As a
Christian school with an international outlook, HKIS is sensitive to
the needs of its culturally and religiously diverse community of more
than 40 nationalities represented among over 2,600 students.

HKIS has a historically strong commitment to Chinese language and
culture instruction. Students in the elementary grades have been part
of a mandatory program since 1985, students in the middle school and
high school take Chinese as an elective. With over 2200 students now
taking Mandarin in Grades R1 to Grade 12, the program aims to serve
both foreign language learners and Chinese heritage students.  The
profile of our HKIS Mandarin language learners is complex with
tremendous diversity of backgrounds, needs and skills.  Although over
fifty percent of the HKIS student body has Asian or Asian-American
backgrounds, their range of skill sets in Mandarin is tremendously wide
and varied.  The keen interest of our parent body for a solid Mandarin
learning experience coupled with a high number of non-Asian parents who
speak fluent Mandarin, results in strong support and high demand for an
effective and quality Mandarin language instructional program.

Positions: Full-Time and Part-Time Mandarin Teachers for grades R1-12 (age 4-18yrs)

The role of the Mandarin teacher at HKIS includes planning, classroom
instruction, assessment, grading and collaborative work with other
Mandarin teachers. It may also include responsibilities of a homeroom
(pastoral care) and coaching or other student club. It is understood in
carrying out these responsibilities that the teacher supports the
school mission which follows: Dedicating our minds to inquiry, our
hearts to compassion, and our lives to service and global
understanding: An American style education grounded in the Christian
faith and respecting the spiritual lives of all.


·         Native to near-native “standard” speaking ability
·         Native to near-native English language ability
·         Demonstrated proficiency at the minimum 2B level as defined
by the national proficiency test (Putonghua Shuiping Kaoshi)
·         Minimum Bachelors Degree; advanced coursework in second
language acquisition, pedagogy and/or language education desirable
·         Three years experience teaching Mandarin as a second language and/or to advanced Mandarin bilinguals
·         Ability to teach aspects of Chinese culture
·         Familiar with western approach to teaching and learning.
·         Familiar with an American and/or English-based professional
and cultural environment, and able to work within an internationally
diverse school community.

To apply, please visit our website at and submit an online application.

Interviews may take place during the ACTFL conference in Orlando from
November 20-23, 2008. Please advise us on your application if you are
attending this conference.