Students working as Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures are compensated with academic credits for classes that show their teaching experience directly on their transcript. Student TAs attend the team-taught pedagogical sessions (MDLL 401) and work closely with a faculty mentor on developing their teaching methods (412). They will also either assist in the master classroom with the instructor and/or teach an additional tutoring hour. All TAs will enroll in the following 2 courses (one in MDLL, one in their target language), on a pass/fail basis:
MDLL 401: Internship/ Practicum in Teaching Foreign Languages
Fall, 1 credit, MDLL faculty, Instructor Permission Required
A mentored teaching internship experience in foreign language pedagogy. Students will attend a series of lectures on pedagogical topics of relevance to the TA experience. They will also conduct classroom observations of master teachers.
412 in the Target Language (ie. CHIN 412, HISP 412, etc): Teaching Practicum
Fall and Spring, 1 credit, MDLL faculty, Instructor Permission Required
A mentored teaching internship experience for students to work closely with a faculty member in teaching either a language or content course.
Students interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant and enrolling in these courses should contact the Program Director of their target language for more information and an application.