The on-campus Distance Learning Department of Beijing Royal School serves as a non-profit outreach initiative. Our department provides ESL classes for public school students in under-served and remote areas of China. Classes are conducted on campus via our virtual classroom platform. Article 1: Job Description Teach virtual ESL courses to under-served areas in China. The age groups of the students will vary from elementary – high school. . Article 2: Working Schedule Weekdays (Monday - Thursday): 07:50 – 17:10 (Friday): 07:50 – 15:30 Lunch Break (Monday – Thursday): 11:30 – 13:00 (Friday): 11:30 – 12:30 *Under special circumstances, teachers may be arranged to teach evening classes that are outside of normal working hours. Teachers are entitled to one half-day of work per week if their class schedule contains evening classes.
Article 3: Job Responsibilities 3.1 Instructional Periods The workload for a teacher is up to 22 instructional periods. Depending on the grade level, the length of an instructional period can range from 35 to 50 minutes. 3.2 Class Preparation Teachers are expected to be well prepared for each and every instructional period. The following sections outline more specific expectations. 3.2.1 Course Design Although teachers will be provided with materials for most courses, our department is developing rapidly and new and more unique courses need to be created to meet the demand. Because of this, we expect teachers to be comfortable with proposing new courses, and suggesting modifications to existing courses. 3.2.2 Course Syllabus At the beginning of each school year, teachers are expected to submit syllabi for the courses that they will be teaching. 3.2.3 Individual Class Materials Teachers are expected to submit the materials that they will use for class in advance of the class. 3.2.4 Lesson Plans Lesson plans should be submitted one week in advance of the class. 3.2.5 Homework Teachers should design homework assignments that reinforce the content that was learned in class. 3.3 Professional Development In addition to instructional duties, teachers are expected to participate in and lead professional development activities. 3.3.1 Professional Development Sessions Teachers are expected to lead and participate in training to further develop their skills as teachers. The timings of the trainings will vary from semester to semester. 3.3.2 Meetings To continuously improve the quality of instruction, and to be aware of department affairs, teachers will be expected to attend regular meetings. 3.3.3 Observations and Peer Reviews Due to the special nature of our department, there will often be outside visitors observing classes conducted by teachers from our department. In addition to that, we recommend that teachers within the department regularly observe classes taught by peers and give constructive feedback.