LINGUIST List 16.275

Fri Jan 28 2005

Jobs: English/Applied Ling: Curriculum Developer, China

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        1.    Matthew Bloomfield, Applied Ling/Curriculum Development: Curriculum Developer, Saybot LLC, China



Message 1: Applied Ling/Curriculum Development: Curriculum Developer, Saybot LLC, China

Date: 28-Jan-2005
From: Matthew Bloomfield <mcbsaybot.com>
Subject: Applied Ling/Curriculum Development: Curriculum Developer, Saybot LLC, China


University or Organization: Saybot LLC 
 Department: English Programs
 Job Rank: Curriculum Developer (remote or local)  
 Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Curriculum Development 
 Required Language: English (ENG)
 
 
 Description:
 
 Saybot is a young company located in Shanghai and founded by Chinese and
 American CEO and investors. Its mission is to revolutionize the way Chinese
 learners improve their spoken English abilities. Saybot is currently
 interviewing candidates for positions as Curriculum Developers in preparation
 for the company's expected growth in 2005.
 
 Saybot is currently collecting a pool of talented native and near-native
 English-speaking Curriculum Developers to work directly with our Director of
 English Programs to produce innovative, interactive lessons aimed at
 revolutionizing the way our customers improve their spoken English abilities.
 Many of our lessons are targeted specifically to address the particular problems
 Chinese learners face with their spoken English in areas including
 pronunciation, intonation, syllable and word stress, conversation fluency and
 strategies, etc. Each developer will also likely be creating lessons for a
 specific targeted market population, such as IT executives, tourism/travel
 personnel, etc., so your expertise in certain domains will be of particular
 benefit to Saybot. Curriculum Developers do not necessarily need to be present
 in Shanghai, but can develop and submit their lessons remotely, with some
 guidance and guidelines provided as to lesson format etc.  Lessons, in general,
 will be short (5-10 minutes when done interactively with the Saybot computer
 narrator), and aimed at improving a specific problem or providing a specific
 stream of information of use to the user's spoken English. The primary target
 market will largely be those learners who have already attained some competency
 in English but continue to produce certain errors and/or need to know how to
 communicate effectively in English in certain social or professional contexts. 
 
 Curriculum Developers will be paid by contract, per completed lesson or series
 of lessons, to be negotiated later at competitive rates. Should the English
 Director deem that changes need to be made to submitted lessons, it is the
 responsibility of the Curriculum Developer to make those changes until the
 lesson is acceptable.
 
 Desired Qualifications:
 An advanced degree in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) or related
 area is desirable, but exceptions can be made in the case of candidates with
 equivalent experience. Naturally, teaching experience--particularly with Chinese
 learners--is a distinct advantage, and Mandarin is a plus, but not a
 prerequisite. Of course, Curriculum Developers will need an up-to-date and
 reliable computer with rapid and excellent Internet connection for their online
 communications and submissions to Saybot.  Some occasional early morning or late
 night online communications may be required, given the time differences between
 Shanghai and N. America and Europe, etc.
 
 Interested candidates should send a resume including email contact address and
 phone number, along with a brief personal profile including outside interests,
 and a maximum three-page previous original lesson or lesson excerpt you've
 created, which you feel would be most applicable to the type of lessons Saybot
 will be asking you to develop, to the address below or to infosaybot.com
 ('Curriculum Developers' on Subject Line).   Saybot will inform those developers
 with whom we would like to discuss further, but all submissions will be
 acknowledged. Please be advised that the positions are not for immediate
 starting date, but for interviewing now for assignments to start near the end of
 the first quarter of 2005.
 
 
 Address for Applications: 
 
 Matthew Bloomfield 
 Curriculum Developers
 Saybot LLC China
 No. 100, YinXiao Rd. Bldg.17 Rm.101
 Pudong, Shanghai  201204
 China  
 
 Application Deadline: Open until filled.
 
 Contact Information:
 
 Matthew Bloomfield 
 Email: mcbsaybot.com 
 Phone: (0086)021-5059 2467 
 Website: http://www.saybot.com
 
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