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In additional to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1299. In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline. The departmental application includes:

  • Basic academic and professional information
  • A resume/CV
  • An unofficial transcript

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for one of the following positions:

One 30% Grader GSI position in ASIANLAN 125: First Year Japanese I.

One 30% Grader position in ASIANLAN 225: Second Year Japanese I.

One 25% Grader position in ASIANLAN 325: Third year Japanese I.

More information on these courses can be found on the LSA Course Guide (lsa.umich.edu/cg).

 

ASIANLAN 125 First year Japanese I
Credits: 5

This course is the first half of the first-year Japanese course, and is designed for students with little or no understanding of Japanese. The course focuses on the developing students’ proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) while simultaneously familiarizing them with aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture that are necessary to build language competency. Recitation sessions are conducted in Japanese emphasizing speaking/reading in Japanese contexts. Analyses, explanation, and discussions utilizing English are specifically reserved for lecture sessions.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and appropriately use the most basic grammar patterns and vocabulary terms (e.g. noun sentence structure, verb conjugation, adjective conjugation, location words, etc.).
  • Understand and participate in basic conversations (e.g. self-introductions, shopping, making invitations, describing locations of items, talking about one’s favorite trips, etc.).
  • Read and write the Japanese hiragana and katakana characters, and produce approximately 60 kanji in context.
  • Speak at a novice-mid, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

Required Texts
TOBIRA I: An Integrated Course In Elementary Japanese, UM JLP original textbook. It will be published in 2021 from KURODHIO publisher in Japan.

 

ASIANLAN 225 Second year Japanese I
Credits: 5

ASIANLAN225 is the first half of the second-year Japanese course, and is designed for students who have the equivalent of one-year’s study of Japanese at the University of Michigan. The goal of the course is the simultaneous progression of students’ proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) along with an increase in familiarity with aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture that are necessary for language competency. Students will learn to successfully handle a variety of uncomplicated, basic, and communicative tasks and social situations.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and appropriately use basic grammar patterns and vocabulary terms (e.g. transitive and intransitive verbs, potential forms, volitional forms, honorific verbs, hearsay, etc.).
  • Understand and participate in daily conversations and to be able to express opinions/ thoughts and to make presentations, using appropriate vocabulary, expressions and basic grammar in context (e.g. everyday life, school, particular interests, etc.).
  • Read and write novice-mid/high-level materials with a solid understanding of main ideas and supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of texts.
  • Produce approximately 150 kanji in context.
  • Speak at an novice-high/intermediate-low, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.

Enforced Prerequisite: ASIANLAN126 /ASIANLAN127/ASIANLAN129 or obtain a qualifying score on the placement exam.

Required Texts
TOBIRA II: An Integrated Course In Elementary Japanese, UM JLP original textbook. It will be published in 2022 from KURODHIO publisher in Japan.

 

ASIANLAN 325 Third year Japanese I
Credits: 4

ASIANLAN 325 is designed for students who have completed second-year Japanese or have the equivalent of a two-year study of Japanese at the University of Michigan. The course focuses on cultivating an intermediate level of linguistic, pragmatic, and socio-cultural language competence. Course readings, conversation exercises, and class discussion will introduce new grammar structures, vocabulary, expressions and various aspects of Japanese culture. In order to improve all four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing), various projects will also be assigned throughout the term.

By the end of the course, students in the regular section will be able to:

  • Read intermediate-level materials with a solid understanding of sentence structure.
  • Write intermediate-level essays, using appropriate grammatical forms and sentence structures regarding familiar topics, such as issues in Japanese culture and society.
  • Speak at an intermediate-mid level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.
  • Use appropriate speech styles and communication strategies for various settings.
  • Produce/recognize approximately 600 kanji in context.

Responsibilities*

ASIANLAN 125: First year Japanese (30% Grader)

  • Observing one (of the three) lecture classes on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Grading of students’ assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc. for lecture sections
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 125
  • Transferring assignments from Canvas site to Excel sheets
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio files, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

ASIANLAN 225: Second year Japanese (30% Grader)

  • Observing one (of the two) lecture classes on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Grading of students’ assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc.
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 225
  • Transferring assignments from Canvas site to Excel sheets
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio files, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

ASIANLAN 325: Second year Japanese (25% Grader)

  • Observing one (of the two) lecture classes on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Grading of students’ assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc.
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 225
  • Transferring assignments from Canvas site to Excel sheets
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio files, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

Please consult the LSA Course Guide or email the instructor directly for the most up-to-date information about the planned format of the lecture portion of this course. It is assumed that all discussion sections will be available to students in a remote format (this may be synchronous or asynchronous, to be determined in consultation with the lead faculty for the course and in response to student needs). After hiring, GSIs will be asked if they want to offer an in-person component of some or all discussion sections, but this is not expected or required.

Required Qualifications*

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to complete the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation on due August 26.

  • Japanese Native speaker, or if a GSI is a non-native speaker, s/he should be Japanese Proficiency Test N1 level holder with Advanced-high speaking proficiency (at least) based on the ACTFL standard
  • Serious career interest in language teaching
  • Good at Computer operations including excel and word files
  • Good penmanship to correct student’s writing performance

Desired Qualifications*

  • LSA student enrolled in a graduate program
  • Can speak standard Japanese with good pronunciation and intonation
  • Organized and reliable personality
  • Should be punctual and
  • Prioritize GSI work as well as own study
  • Cooperative and flexible

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Decision Making Process

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.Questions may be directed to alc-gradservices@umich.edu.

Selection Process

In order to be considered for this position, both applications must be completed by the deadline.

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