Pre-MDM Visiting Faculty Position

Contract: 4 months (starting as soon as possible)

Number of positions: 1 or 2

Location: Vancouver, BC

Salary to commensurate with experience

Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

The Centre for Digital Media (thecdm.ca), home of the Master of Digital Media program, is seeking one or two qualified ESL instructors to teach students enrolled in the Pre-Master program. Students are conditionally admitted to the Master of Digital Media program (MDM) and need to complete intense preparatory courses prior to starting graduate degree studies, one of which entails English proficiency improvement. Working in conjunction with faculty at the CDM, the successful candidate(s) will help students learn collaboration and critical thinking skills while also improving English proficiency, specifically for digital production environments. The successful candidate(s) will be teaching one or more of the following courses:

Receptive Language Proficiency

This course aims to bring learners’ listening and reading abilities to the level required for academic success in their graduate studies through a blend of lectures, individual discovery, and group learning. At the same time, the course equips learners with knowledge, skills, and strategies that will fully prepare them for the Listening and Reading papers in IELTS. Stimulating and relevant topics will be employed to arouse curiosity and motivate learners to practice various subskills such as effective note-taking, handling fast speech, and skimming texts for gist. Throughout the course, learners are exposed to accurate, complex instances of language and encouraged to expand their general and academic vocabulary systematically. Learners must maintain a minimum of A- on all assignments and tests.

Productive Language Proficiency

This course aims to bring learners’ speaking and writing abilities to the level required for academic success in their graduate studies through a blend of lectures, individual discovery, and group learning. At the same time, the course equips learners with knowledge, skills, and strategies that will fully prepare them for the Speaking and Writing papers in IELTS. Here, learners are given the opportunity to use their acquired language in practical situations reflecting their future academic environment. The course helps leaners to improve their pronunciation, refine their writing and speaking skills, and avoid typical ESL mistakes so that they can perform confidently whether they are describing visuals, expressing their opinions, or making arguments – both verbally and in writing. Learners must maintain a minimum of A- on all assignments and tests.

Language of Digital Media

In this course, learners will be tasked with acquiring the language of digital media through exposure, guided practice, and targeted assignments. Excerpts from required and supplementary texts in MDM will be used to provide motivation, creating a context for not only the lexicon of terminology but also the prevalent culture in the field. Topics to be covered include design, business, games, animation, software development and social media. Learners must maintain a minimum of A- on all assignments and tests.

Roles and Responsibilities

• Teach English proficiency classes, which include helping students build sophisticated vocabulary for success in digital media environments.

• Provide ongoing one-on-one student evaluation throughout the program

• Help students prepare for two IELTS tests.

Required Qualifications

• Bachelors degree

• CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) Qualification

• Minimum of 3-5 years teaching experience in both remote and physical learning environments.

• IELTS test prep experience (multiple band levels)

• Strong grasp of digital media terminology

• Adaptability and openness to re-iteration of learning objectives as the program progresses

• Demonstration of effective English preparation material and lesson planning abilities

• Strong intercultural communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to work in teams

We appreciate all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Dr. Richard Smith at smith@thecdm.ca