Teaching Assistant


The Chinese Studies Program is seeking highly skilled Mandarin speakers to apply for any available Teaching Assistant positions for Fall Quarter 2019.

Description: The Program in Chinese Studies hires graduate students as Chinese language teaching assistants (TA) on a quarter by quarter appointment. A TA’s workload is generally appointed at 25%, 33% and 50% appointments. The TA serves under the direct supervision of the Director of the Chinese language program and must enroll in CHIN 500: Apprentice Teaching each quarter for a letter grade. TAs are also assigned to work with faculty in conjunction with the Chinese language course(s) offered each quarter. TA duties include but are not limited to preparing in class presentations (which may include PowerPoint), preparing instructional materials, conducting tutorials, leading conversation drills, writing assignments, holding weekly office hours, language tutoring, and grading homework/tests. TAs must also maintain strong academic records as per their department requirements of a 3.0 GPA or higher. Current TAs must reapply for their position each quarter, as employment is not guaranteed.

Qualifications: Top candidates are native Mandarin Chinese speakers, who can read and write clearly in both Traditional and Simplified characters.

Experience as a language teacher is a requirement. TAs are hired as apprentice teachers of the Chinese language and will be instructing students of various backgrounds and ability levels. TAs must be available to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, attending and leading the assigned section(s) and various other tasks without reservation. TAs should try to have flexible schedules as they may need to attend corresponding lectures on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attendance to initial, weekly and wrap-up meetings are mandatory. Missing sections and/or meetings are grounds for dismissal. Acceptance into a UC San Diego graduate program is a requirement. US citizens, US residents and UC San Diego grad students holding an F-1 or J-1 visa may apply.

Application Procedure: The Teaching Assistant application is available here:


 If you have any questions, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) tab on the website. Interested grad students are encouraged to carefully read the website and follow the instructions precisely. 


Applications must be submitted on or before the deadline stated on the website or on the application prompt.

As stated on the application prompt (see website), applications must complete the following:

  1. Answer the questions in the online application.
  2. Upload your CV or résumé into the application. This information should be in English. It must detail the language teaching background that the applicant has. Those without language teaching experience need not apply.
  3. Your handwritten autobiography in Chinese characters. Ensure that your handwriting is clear and easy to see.  Applicants may use Traditional or Simplified character. TAs are required to be able to read, write & correct both. Do not type in Chinese characters.
  4. SCAN your hand printed document and UPLOAD that PDF into the online application.
  5. RECORD a VIDEO of yourself speaking for a minimum of 3 minutes. You are using this opportunity to introduce yourself in Mandarin to the Selection Committee and to speak on why you want to be a Chinese language TA. Do not read from texts and do not have background music or noise in your recording. Speak loud and clearly. You may upload the video to Youtube or Youku or another similar website. This portion of the application MUST be a video. Any applications submitted with a sound recording only will not be considered.  

Applications will not be considered if they are missing any of the application materials mentioned above.

General Information for TA Applications

The Teaching Assistant (TA) application filing period for FALL 2019 is from April 26, 2019 to May 24, 2019.

The deadline to apply as a TA for FA19 is May 24 2019.