GSI - Japanese Language (Winter 2022)

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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: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1510. 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.

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

Course Description

Students who apply to this posting will be considered for an up to 30% grader or 35% GSI position within ASIANLAN 126, 226, and 326:

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

 

ASIANLAN 126 First year Japanese II
Credits: 5

This course is a continuation of ASIANLAN 125 or ASIANLAN 123, and is the second half of the first-year Japanese course. The course focuses on the further 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.

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

  • Understand and appropriately use basic grammar patterns and vocabulary terms (e.g. verb conjugation (e.g. plain-form, nai-form, ta-form, etc.).
  • Understand and participate in daily conversations (e.g. making requests, comparing things, expressing one’s ideas, desires, future plans and family members, etc.).
  • Read and write novice-level materials with a solid understanding of sentence structure.
  • Produce approximately 140 kanji in context.
  • Speak at a novice-high, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.


 

ASIANLAN 226 Second year Japanese II
Credits: 5

ASIANLAN 226 is a continuation of ASIANLAN 225, and is the second half of the second-year Japanese course. This course focuses on the simultaneous progression of students’ proficiency in all four language skills (speaking, listening, writing, and reading) while continuing to increase students’ familiarity with aspects of both traditional and modern Japanese culture. 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., passive, causative, and causative-passive sentences, etc.).
  • Understand and participate in daily conversations and to be able to express opinions/thoughts and present information, using appropriate vocabulary, expressions and basic grammar in context (e.g., everyday life, school, particular interests, etc.).
  • Use appropriate speech styles (e.g., formal and casual speech) and communication strategies for various settings.
  • Read and write intermediate-level materials with a solid understanding of main ideas and supporting details on familiar topics from a variety of texts.
  • Produce approximately 330 kanji in context.
  • Speak at an intermediate-mid, or higher, level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.
     

 

 

 

ASIANLAN 326 Third year Japanese II
Credits: 4

ASIANLAN 326 is a continuation of ASIANLAN 325. Expanding on lessons from ASIANLAN325, this regular section focuses on further 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 addition, the course will also utilize various projects to continue improving students’ proficiency in all four language skills.

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

  • Read intermediate-level materials, including authentic materials, with a solid understanding of sentence structure.
  • Write intermediate-level compositions, using appropriate grammatical forms and sentence structures about numerous topics, such as issues in Japanese culture and society.
  • Produce/ recognize approximately 800 kanji in context.
  • Speak at an intermediate-high level of proficiency as defined by the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview.
  • Use appropriate speech styles and communication strategies for various settings.

 

Responsibilities*

ASIANLAN 126: First year Japanese (35% GSI)

  • 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.

ASIANLAN 126: First year Japanese (30% Grader)

  • Observing one (of the three) lecture classes on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Grading of students’ assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc.
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 126
  • Checking lecture attendance
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio/digital/printed materials, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

ASIANLAN 226: First year Japanese (35% GSI)

  • Lead up to three hours of recitation sections a week
  • Observe lecture classes 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
  • 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.

 

ASIANLAN 226: 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 226
  • Checking lecture attendance
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio/digital/printed materials, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

ASIANLAN 326: Second year Japanese (25% Grader)

  • Grading of students’ assignment, quizzes, lesson tests, etc.
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 326
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio/digital/printed materials, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

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 January 10.

  • 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 alc-gradservices@umich.edu with any questions related to your application.

Decision Making Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of each course. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Selection Process

All applications will be forwarded to the primary instructor of each course. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

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