GSI - Japanese Language (Winter 2023)

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How to Apply

In addition to applying via the University of Michigan Careers website, applicants should complete the following steps:

  1. Applicants MUST identify courses they are interested in applying for by completing the departmental application: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1646
  2. Submit a basic academic and professional information
  3. Submit a resume/CV
    • Please address your cover letter to the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures
  4. Submit 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 one of the following positions:

One 35% GSI position in ASIANLAN 126: First Year Japanese II.

One 30% Grader GSI position in ASIANLAN 126: First Year Japanese II.

Up to two 35% GSI positions in ASIANLAN 226: Second Year Japanese II.

One 30% Grader position in ASIANLAN 226: Second Year Japanese II.

One 25% Grader position in ASIANLAN 326: Third year Japanese II.

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 the second 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 on July 1st in 2021 from Kuroshio publishers in Japan.

ASIANLAN 226 Second year Japanese II
Credits: 5

ASIANLAN225 is the second 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 326 Third year Japanese II
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.

The STEM section is a class designed for students who major in science, technology, engineering, and math, with the goal to connect your language learning with your field of interest. The course introduces STEM-related content and vocabulary, and you will perform fun and meaningful task-based activities in order to acquire practical Japanese language skills.

Enforced Prerequisite: ASIANLAN226/ASIANLAN227/ASIANLAN229/RCLANG229 or obtain a qualifying score on the placement exam.

Required Texts:
TOBIRA: Gateway to advanced Japanese learning through content and multimedia. Kurosio Publishers.

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. for lecture sections
  • Maintaining Canvas site of ASIANLAN 126
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio files, making study aids, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

ASIANLAN 226: Second 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, making study aids, 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
  • Proctoring final examinations and grading the exams with lecturers
  • Class preparation: typing learning materials in Canvas, supporting course projects, helping to make audio files, making study aids, 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 files, making study aids, etc.
  • Tutoring students who want to practice conversation

Responsibilities*

GSI Positions for Sectioned Courses

GSIs are expected to provide general pedagogical support for the course, which may include, but is not limited to attending lecture, teaching discussion sections, grading and commenting on papers and exams, and meeting with enrolled students during office hours. The number of sections a GSI with a full appointment (a 0.50 position) will be asked to teach depends on the structure of the course. Most appointments for undergraduate courses include two or three hour-long sections of 30-25 students per week in a full .05 appointment.

GSI Positions for Upper-Level Writing Requirement Courses

Some courses in the department meet as lectures, without discussion sections, but have GSI or GSI grader in place to support the course’s roles in fulfilling the College of LSA’s Upper-Level Writing Requirement (ULWR). ULWR courses require a signification amount of writing and revision, classroom instructions on writing in the discipline, and careful attendance to writing issues when discussing course assignments and in grading and commenting on papers. Duties for GSIs in ULWR courses may include, but are not limited to: attending lecture, grading and commenting extensively on papers and exams, and holding office hours to support students in developing their writing skills. First-time GSIs in ULWR courses must also enroll in the Sweetland Center for Writing’s WRITING 993: Teaching Writing in the Disciplines, a one-credit seminar, for the winter term.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the College of LSA will be required to attend the online CRLT GSI Teaching Orientation as an online program.

Students who have not previously been a GSI for the Department of Middle East Studies will also be required to attend an orientation.

GSIs are expected to be on campus and available to work no later than Wednesday, January 4, 2023, the first day of classes.

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.

  • 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 Director of the Japanese Language Program and the primary instructor of ASIAN 126/ASIANLAN 226. 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 primary instructor of the courses selected. The instructor will make a hiring recommendation to the department and a department administrator will then authorize the appointment paperwork.

Unsuccessful applications will be retained for consideration in the event that there are last minute openings for available positions.

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