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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants are required to fill out the departmental application: 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

Graduate Student Instructor positions are only open to current or matriculating University of Michigan graduate students.

Candidates for the position should be available on one or two days on the following days of the week: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. A successful candidate will be assigned an exact work schedule and section to teach upon hiring. Current sections occur for one hour between the hours of 9:00 am. - 5:00 p.m.  

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Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for either a 25% up to 35% GSI appointment in either ASIANLAN 125: First-Year Japanese I or ASIANLAN 225: Second-Year Japanese I. Candidates are considered for at least one position or up to two positions based on enrollment numbers.

Credits: 5

You can find a more detailed course description of ASIANLAN 125: First-Year Japanese I and ASIANLAN 225: Second-Year Japanese I within the LSA course guide.

In general, by end of either of these courses, 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 a novice-high/intermediate-low, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.


Enforced Prerequisite: ASIANLAN 123/ ASIANLAN 124/ ASIANLAN126 /ASIANLAN127/ASIANLAN129 or obtain a qualifying score on the placement exam.

Required Texts
TOBIRA I: Beginning Japanese and TOBIRA II: An Integrated Course In Elementary Japanese, UM JLP original textbook. It will be published in 2022 from KURODHIO publisher in Japan. ASIANLAN 125: First Year Japanese I,
ASIANLAN 225: Second Year Japanese I


  • Lead up to three hours of recitation sections a week
  • Attend lecture twice each week
  • Implement teaching plans made in consultation with the primary instructor of the course
  • Grading students assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc.
  • Proctor exams and quizzes
  • Attend weekly meeting with a supervising faculty member
  • Hold at least one office hour in the South Thayer Building
  • 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.

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 before August 30.

  • 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*

  • Can speak standard Japanese with good pronunciation and intonation
  • Organized and reliable personality
  • Should be punctual and keep the deadline
  • Prioritize GSI work as well as own study
  • Cooperative and flexible

Contact Information

Contact with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Director of the Japanese Language Program and the primary instructor of ASIAN 125/ASIANLAN 225. The Director will make hiring recommendations to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the Director of the Japanese Language Program and the primary instructor of ASIAN 125/ASIANLAN 225. The Director will make hiring recommendations to the department. Once the recommendation is reviewed, an offer letter will be authorized.

GEO Contract Information

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Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions. In the event that an employee does not receive their preferred assignment, they can request a written explanation or an in-person interview with the hiring agents(s) to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.

This position, as posted, is subject to a collective bargaining agreement between the Regents of the University of Michigan and the Graduate Employees' Organization, American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO 3550.

Standard Practice Guide 601.38, Required Disclosure of Felony Charges and/or Felony Convictions applies to all Graduate Student Assistants (GSAs). SPG 601.38 may be accessed online at , and its relation to your employment can be found in MOU 10 of your employment contract.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.