Practice Assistants

As an aid to student learning in the elementary and intermediate language courses, the department has created a “practice assistants” program in which students with advanced language skills can apply to serve as assistant teachers in the Chinese, French, German, and Italian language programs. The assistant leads one to two 50-minute practice sessions per week, each with no more than 10 language students. Language students gain the benefit of practicing their skills outside of the regular class sessions and advanced students reinforce their fluency as they work with beginner and intermediate students.

Practice assistants receive a small stipend and academic credit. Tryouts are usually held in late spring and early fall for the following semesters and are led by language program directors. Students who have never worked on campus before must contact Student Employment before beginning work. International students must also obtain a letter from the Office of International Education as well as a social security number prior to beginning employment.