LINGUIST List 30.2820

Thu Jul 18 2019

Jobs: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology: Rank Open, Duolingo

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 18-Jul-2019
From: Bozena Pajak <>
Subject: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology: Rank Open, Duolingo, Beijing, China
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University or Organization: Duolingo
Department: Learning Sciences
Job Location: Beijing, China
Web Address:
Job Title: Head of Learning for Duolingo China

Job Rank: Rank Open

Specialty Areas: Applied Linguistics; Discipline of Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Typology; Language Teaching; TESOL


Help improve how millions of people in China learn English on Duolingo! This is a unique opportunity to become part of the founding team of Duolingo’s China office and work with other talented Duolingo software engineers, designers, product managers, and learning scientists globally to develop next-generation education technology that transforms learning. Our ideal candidate has a PhD in TESOL or a related field and experience teaching English to native speakers of Mandarin Chinese. You will be part of our new initiative to reimagine and revamp Duolingo courses in China, focusing on how we teach English. As a member of Duolingo’s broader learning sciences group, you will support our efforts to advance Duolingo’s mission through research-based practices.

This is an open rank position. We will consider candidates from recent PhD graduates to more senior candidates with years of work experience. The job rank will be adjusted accordingly.

This position is based in Beijing, China. If needed, we will sponsor work visa applications to China for qualified applicants.

- Be the overall lead for curriculum and content development for all Duolingo language learning courses targeted at Chinese speakers
- Work side by side with talented learning experts, designers, engineers, and product managers to bring research-informed product features to life
- Help design curriculum and specific content for the Duolingo English course for speakers of Mandarin Chinese
- Help recruit, train, and supervise other language experts developing Duolingo courses
- Help communicate the science behind Duolingo’s teaching methodology to a wider audience
- Guide general product development to support best teaching practices in the app

- PhD in TESOL, linguistics, applied linguistics, English, education, or a related field
- Experience teaching English and/or developing English language curricula for Chinese speakers
- Familiarity with the principles of second language acquisition and teaching
- Full professional proficiency in both English and Mandarin Chinese
- At least basic proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English and Mandarin Chinese, such as Japanese, Korean, French, German, Spanish or Italian
- Strong training in linguistics and/or language typology
- Excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills
- A desire to make the world a better place through technology
- Ability to travel to our Pittsburgh headquarters once every 3 months

Exceptional candidates will have:
- Project management experience
- Experience supervising others, especially remotely

To apply, please see the application link provided below.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)

Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Bozena Pajak

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