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Spanish Activities: Student Employment

Working in the Spanish department

Each semester the Spanish department employs over 60 students as communication group leaders and tutors. Check out the opportunities to get involved below.

Communication group leaders

As a communication group leader, you will conduct half-hour weekly communication group sessions with pairs of students from Spanish 101-102, 121, 201-202, and 203. Your goal is to provide a relaxed, secure environment for students to speak Spanish and improve their oral skills. Most group leaders conduct 4-8 groups per week. Native Spanish speakers lead groups from Spanish 301 for a half an hour and 302 for one hour per week.

Primary responsibilities
  • Prepare for each session using the required curriculum provided by the communication group coordinator.
  • Lead the students through the curriculum, encouraging responses and correcting errors when appropriate.
  • Evaluate the students' preparation and participation weekly after each session.
  • Report attendance problems immediately to the appropriate professor.
  • Submit written reports to the students' professors at the end of the semester.
  • Communicate with the communication group coordinator about any specific problems in the groups.
Necessary qualifications
  • Successful completion of 202 or 203.
  • A positive recommendation from one of your Spanish professors.
  • Attendance at the training seminar - usually held the second Friday of the fall/spring semester.
  • A desire to promote Spanish speaking and a willingness to work with students and their difficulties in speaking the language.

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As a tutor, you will provide students with one-on-one review assistance, which is available to any student in any class in the Spanish department.

Primary responsibilities
  • Meet with students in the tutoring rooms in the department for half-hour sessions, for which the student has signed up at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Be able to explain and demonstrate any grammatical structures with which the student is experiencing difficulty.
  • Review compositions (but not rewrite or translate) with students.
  • Assist faculty members with correcting objective quizzes, assembling instructional materials, and/or conducting an occasional class for a professor who is sick or at an academic meeting.
Necessary qualifications
  • Superior grades in Spanish 201-203, 301 and 302 (A- or higher).
  • A positive recommendation from at least two professors in the department.
  • Be an advanced student with demonstrated leadership ability who likes to work with people and who can explain the structures of the Spanish language clearly.
  • Attend a training seminar.
  • Commit at least two hours to the department every week.

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Read your weekly Spanish newsletter, Enlace, for dates and deadlines to apply to be a communication group leader or tutor. For more information, contact our administrative assistant, Nora Koster.

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