Below is an announcement from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. Students interested in TESOL are invited to attend an information session on Thursday, February 6, at 5PM in SAC 301 (Schmitt Academic Center, Lincoln Park campus). More information can also be found here.
The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse is proud to announce that we have established a direct relationship with the English Department at Huaqiao University in Xiamen, China. This is part of a larger relationship that DePaul has been building with Huaqiao since 2012. As a result of recent visits to Huaqiao University by WRD Chair Pete Vandenberg and the Coordinator of WRD’s Graduate TESOL Certificate, Jason Schneider, the two departments have established a direct pathway for DePaul students who complete the Graduate TESOL Certificate (http://tinyurl.com/wrdtesol) to teach Writing and ESL in China, starting in academic year 2014-2015. Graduates of the TESOL Certificate will be preferred applicants for one-year teaching appointments in the Huaqiao English Department.
A full-time university teaching appointment is a valuable experience not always available domestically to recent graduates. Teaching at Huaqiao can be a strong foundation for the U.S. college teaching market or doctoral study in a range of disciplines. Furthermore, spending time working and living abroad can be an invaluable personal experience and is regarded as an asset by employers in many sectors. Those hired to teach full-time at Huaqiao will receive free single-occupancy accommodations, paid insurance, a travel allowance, and other compensation in addition to their salary.
The opportunity for this coming year is open to those who will have the TESOL Certificate in hand by summer 2014. Current DePaul graduate and undergraduate students who may be interested in teaching at Huaqiao in this year or future years are invited to an informational session sponsored by Profs. Vandenberg and Schneider on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 5:00 in SAC 301. They will talk about the Huaqiao University English Department, the details of the lecturer appointments and the application process, and the beautiful cities of Xiamen and Quanzhou. They will also discuss options for DePaul students to complete the TESOL Certificate—a teaching credential recognized around the world—concurrently with their graduate work or after finishing an undergraduate degree. For more information, see http://depaulwrd.wordpress.com/china/.