The Kochoff Foreign Language Media Lab is located in CASL 3065 and it provides support for all foreign language courses at UMich Dearborn. Tutoring for Fall 2020 will take place primarily online via Zoom or Bluejeans. Students who request tutoring will be paired with a tutor and will meet online at a time that is convenient for both parties. The Kochoff Media Lab will hopefully reopen for its regular schedule in Winter 2021. Before COVID, the lab was open for walking visits from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays. This schedule may resume in Winter 2021. We may discuss also working a few hours in person during your interview.
Student tutors (in Arabic, French, German and Spanish) are hired every semester and are expected to be available online or on a walk-in basis according to the tutoring schedule. Tutors are expected to work anywhere from 2 to 8 hours a week. Hours are set depending on students’ class schedule. Tutors will also assist the Modern and Classical Language (MCL) faculty with course design by testing new online quizzes and creating content at the request of faculty members. For example, an instructor may ask a student to digitize a pen and paper quiz into a work-in-progress (WIP) Canvas site that is being used to design a new version of a course. Tutors work closely with lab assistants.
The lab includes twenty-one workstations and four workgroup stations, a LaserJet printer, overhead LCD projector and eight 50inch TVs. Other equipment available in the language lab includes a collection of reference guides, language learning textbooks, educational games, and other materials such as a karaoke machine that are used for various events and activities. The lab is used by students for independent study and faculty members also reserve the lab for course visits. Each workstation includes a desktop computer optimized for language learning. Salary increases are awarded at the discretion of the supervisor. Language lab computers (CASL 3065 / 3094) remotely through MiDesktop. UMich Students also have free online access to Mango Languages, Yabla and SCOLA.
- Good communication skills and a desire to help others, helping faculty and students
- Willingness to work as part of a team composed of lab assistants and language tutors
- Willingness to become familiar with all equipment and resources available in the Lab
- Ability to work remotely during Fall 2020
- Previously enrolled in upper level language course
- Competence/fluency in either French/German/Arabic/Spanish or Chinese
- Prior tutoring and teaching experience
- Familiarity with learning management systems and online content development
- Prior experience working in a computer lab, library, or learning center
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