- What does this job entail?
Chinese Flagship Tutors help our students improve their Chinese language skills and cultural awareness. Tutors and students meet one-on-one weekly (starting fall 2017, each tutor for first-year Chinese will work with 2 students at one tutoring session) when school is in session under the guideline provided by Flagship and Chinese Program. Typically, one will start as a volunteer tutor. Based on experience with Chinese Flagship and work performance, volunteer tutors have the opportunity to be promoted to hourly paid tutors. Occasionally, one could be hired as a paid tutor depending on personal qualifications and program needs. Both volunteer tutors and paid tutors are required to attend 2 to 3 training sessions each semester.
- Is this an opportunity to practice my English?
No. This is NOT a language exchange program. On the contrary, tutoring sessions should be solely conducted in Chinese.
- Who are eligible?
Tutoring is a crucial component of Flagship. It is designed to help students extend their Chinese learning beyond classroom and become in contact to authentic language and culture. Therefore, we welcome applications from native Mandarin Chinese speakers with at least college education. Current undergraduate, graduate students, and visiting scholars are all eligible to apply. Native speakers not affiliated with IU are also welcome. Due to the job responsibility, applicants also need to be familiar with the pinyin system, speak Mandarin with a standard accent (普通话), and can commit to at least one semester. In order for your application to be reviewed, you also need to attend the information session.
- Do I need to be enrolled in IU to apply?
No. If you are not affiliated with IU, you can still apply as long as you are a native Chinese speaker with a good accent, have a college or a higher degree, and can work in the United States legally if you are appointed a paid tutor position.
- How to apply?
Interested applicants need to attend our information session, which is usually held on the Friday in the 7th week each semester. More detailed information can be found on our web page. The information session will give you an overview of our program and job expectations. Material for demo teaching will also be distributed during the session. If you think this job is right for you, after the information session, please complete the application form online in Chinese.
- When is the information session held? Can I still apply if I missed it?
The information session is usually held on the Friday in the 7th week each semester. If you are interested in becoming a Flagship tutor but can’t make it to the information session, please contact us first before you submit your application.
- When to apply?
We accept applications all year round. However, only applications received by March 25th will be given full consideration for fall semester appointment. Applications received after that day will be reviewed depending on program needs. In some occasions, applicants may need to wait for one or two semesters to be assigned a position if the application is submitted in late fall semester. We typically stop assigning tutors to students by the end of the 7th week in each semester.
- Do I have to have teaching experience to apply?
No. Previous teaching experience could help, but it is not a requirement. In fact, applicants with previous teaching experience sometimes may have to adjust their teaching styles to meet our program needs.
- How much time do I need to commit to this job?
Depending on the level of your student, the class time ranges from 1 to 2.5 hours per week. You can choose to teach as few as one student or as many as your time allows. Some time on preparation is also necessary. Paid tutors need to abide by school policies and immigration regulations regarding work hours. Since this is a teaching job, only those who can commit to at least one semester would be considered.
- When are the tutoring sessions scheduled?
Tutors need to work out class schedule with their students. Flagship Center does not have specific requirement.
- Where should I hold my tutoring sessions?
Tutoring sessions must be held in a public academic space. In the past, most tutors have taught on the 4th floor of Wells Library. Other classroom buildings or public space in living-learning centers are good options too. Please do not use dorm rooms, cafés or restaurants.
- Are there other job opportunities at Chinese Flagship Center?
Yes. Flagship tutors are strong candidates for our summer program Flagship Chinese Institute (FCI). FCI is in session usually from early June to the end of July. In past years, FCI has been in need of extra tutors for the afternoon one-on-one session. Tutors with business background are also welcome to apply to coach our Chinese business case competition team. For more information regarding these opportunities, please contact us.