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Language Assistants

Language Assistant (student-assistent) positions

Koffieuurtje in the UCL Dutch dept.

Each year there are a number of Erasmus/Socrates students from Dutch or Flemish universities who help out in the department. These students who will often take courses themselves in the department of English or the Dutch department are either called the Harting student (sponsored by the Harting Committee) or the student-assistenten (sponsored by the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union). Occasionally a teacher training student undertakes teaching practice in the department.

Interested in becoming a language assistant?

The Dutch Department takes part in the student-assistent project which is sponsored by the Nederlandse Taalunie. Each year there are two vacancies for the position of language assistant (student-assistent). which includes one Harting scholar who is nominated by the Harting Committee. Student-assistenten work 4 hours a week. This can involve leading and/or assisting in classes which act as a support to the main language courses, e.g. conversation and listening classes, doing some one-to-one remedial teaching, and hosting the weekly koffie-uurtje. They also take part in occasional extra-curricular activities such as organising a Dutch film evening, a Dutch poetry day, or a drama workshop. Student-assistenten contribute to the social and cultural life of the department.

What is in it for the student-assistant?

The student-assistent receives a modest honoration the Nederlandse Taalunie for his/her work. But most of the student-assistants take part in the scheme because it is fun and gives them the opportunity to gain experience and confidence in teaching and organising activities.

Do I need to have special qualifications to apply?

Apart from being an Erasmus/Socrates student at the Dutch Department, you don’t need any qualifications or even special teaching experience, although it always helps if you have experience of leading groups or organising activities. We expect that you enjoy working in small groups, that you find it an interesting challenge to consider how best to approach questions of teaching and learning. The most important qualification is that you have an open mind, possess a measure of creativity and enjoy working with others.

Do I get training and supervision?

The support arrangements which are in place for the student-assistenten at the department are:

  • an introduction to the language teaching programme at the Dutch department,
  • observation of language classes during the first week of term,
  • one-to-one guidance in planning the classes during the first few weeks,
  • short meetings with the language-coordinator to plan, discuss and evaluate classes,
  • monthly meetings with the language teaching staff and other student-assistenten to plan ahead and discuss any issues that may have arisen.

Do I apply for the post?

To qualify for the position of student-assistant you need to

  • be a native speaker of Dutch,
  • be registered as a student at a Dutch or Flemish university,
  • be registered at UCL as part of a Erasmus/Socrates Exchange for the duration of at least one term, but preferably two terms.

How do I apply?

To apply send an email attaching a short CV to the Affiliate Tutor, Christine Sas, stating why you would like to apply for this position and why you think you are a suitable candidate.

You can find more information on the website of the Nederlandse Taalunie.

Page last modified on 14 sep 10 17:31 by Gerdi Quist