Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences is a K-12 college preparatory school that offers a rich and engaging education to its students. The study of modern languages begins in the elementary grades and increase in expectations in the middle school. The upper school requires that students complete Level 3 of a language as a graduation requirement.
The study of Modern Languages (Chinese, French, and Spanish) leads students to competency in the target language in both oral and written forms. Teachers employ methodologies that focus on developing speaking, writing, reading, and listening with an emphasis on language immersion. In addition, students develop an appreciation for cultural differences through the discussion of politics, social and economic issues, literature, and the arts. To promote proficiency, only the target language is spoken in the classroom through informal conversation, instruction, and student-oriented activities.
The ideal candidate will have:
BA Degree or higher and 3-5 years teaching experience
Native or near-native language skills in Mandarin Chinese and English;
Facility and comfort using BOTH traditional and simplified characters although our program primarily works with simplified characters;
Chinese language pedagogy and use of technology;
Strong written and oral skills in English to communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues as well as a highly refined work ethic;
A teaching style that stresses conceptual understanding and skill development as well as innovative use of technology and current best practices;
Enthusiasm around creating student-centered lessons that provide relevance and understanding;
Willingness to work in a collegial and collaborative environment.