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Program for Graduate Students

The departments in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages require that graduate students take the course Applied Linguistics 201—The Learning and Teaching of Second Languages, taught by the Director of the Language Center. This three-credit course is offered each year during Spring Quarter. The course provides students with a research overview to second language acquisition research; practice in assessing undergraduate language development; and practicum experience through conducting minilessons and the observation of current language classes. A MOPI workshop is included as part of the course.

An important dimension to the course is the mentoring program. As mentors, lecturers agree to be observed in class and to help their assigned graduate student to prepare and conduct short lessons. This system, in which mentors receive a small stipend for participating, enables a team approach among older and newer instructors and facilitates real-time practice in a relatively non-threatening environment.


Duties and Responsibilities of Graduate Students Teaching in the Language Programs
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General Responsibilities:
  • Ensure that your students reach the language objectives stated in the curricular documents (goal statements) of your program area.
  • Plan all courses as well as individual class hours carefully with reference to program objectives.
  • Read and understand all course materials well in advance of teaching.
  • Be in frequent discussion and collaboration with colleagues, coordinators and supervisors throughout the year.
Day-to-day Duties:
  • Prepare ahead for class.
  • Arrive to class five minutes early, set up your materials, and begin class promptly.
  • Do not dismiss class early, but instead have an extra activity or two on hand in case there is ever any extra time.
  • When teaching only one class, hold two office hours per week.
  • Hold office hours at times convenient for your students and encourage them to visit you often.
  • Make rigorous use of office hours especially for students lagging in oral proficiency.
Group Meetings and General Meetings:
  • Participation in meetings and placement testing is required.
  • Attend all group meetings that correspond to the course(s) you are teaching.
  • Arrive prepared and on time, and participate fully.
  • Attend all general meetings held by your language program.
  • Be available one week before the scheduled placement exam in mid-September in order to attend general meetings and other organizational meetings.
  • For the winter and spring quarters, be sure to arrange your travel schedule so that you are back in town by the Saturday before classes begin. This will help avoid difficulties that can arise from travel delays.
If you are ill or need to be absent:
  • Class cancellation is only a last resort and should not occur more than once per quarter, if at all.
  • If you are affected by a sudden illness and cannot get to class, then notify your students via CourseWork and likewise notify your course supervisor/coordinator and the Language Center Assistant Director immediately.
  • If you know you must be absent for a future class, contact your course supervisor/coordinator immediately who will help to arrange for a substitute.
  • Email the Assistant Director of the Language Center regarding any impending absence(s).