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Undergraduate Teaching Assistantships

Spanish and Portuguese majors can serve as undergraduate teaching assistants and gain instructional experience under the supervision of our faculty.

When serving as Undergraduate TAs, students can normally earn between 1 and 3 credits per TA'ed course. These credits will count towards the total number of credits needed for graduation but may not fulfill any requirement of the major. Undergraduate TAs need to sign a contract in which duties and expectations are outlined, and enroll in SPAN 398T or PORT 398T. To enroll in these courses, you need to turn in your contract to our Undegraduate Program Assistant in Herter 418. The necessary qualifications to serve as an undergraduate TA will vary, but an excellent performance in the major is always expected.

Undegraduate TAs serving as graders or needing access to Moodle will be required to obtain FERPA certification. The necessary training can be easily and conveniently completed online.


Opportunities

Apply for the following available TAships by contacting directly the professor listed in each position.


SPANISH 312 - Oral and Written Expression
Contact
: Professor Albert Lloret, lloret@umass.edu.
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will come to some classes, offer feedback on composition drafts, and tutor students.
Pre-requisites: 1) being a Spanish major, 2) a GPA in Spanish of 3.5 or higher, 3) a grade of A or A- in 312 (completed or expected this semester). 
Application materials: 1) a paragraph in Spanish explaining why you are interested in TAing for this class and how does this position relate to your interests and goals, 2) your GPA in your Spanish major and grade in SPANISH 312, 3) current résumé.
Times you must be available: Mo/We/Fr, 12:20-1:10 PM, 2 additional hours at the TAs convenience every other week.
Hours per week: 9 hours / week.
Credits received: 3 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on APRIL 15, 2019.


SPANISH 311 - Advanced Grammar
Contact
: Professor Danielle Thomas, daniellethom@umass.edu.
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will attend class, offer drop-in tutoring support during the week, support the graduate TAs by identifying struggling students and working with them more closely.
Pre-requisites: 1) being a Spanish major, 2) having taken SPANISH 311 within the past four semesters (or being currently enrolled in the class) and having received, or expecting to receive, a grade of A on all elements of the course. If you have not taken the class, you need to show proof that you have a strong background in Hispanic linguistics/morphosyntax.
Application materials: A letter explaining 1) why you are applying and 2) your experience with Spanish grammar/linguistics.
Times you must be available: During class times (1-2:15 T/Th) and 2-3 hours per week to set drop-in tutoring hours around their schedule.
Hours per week: 6 hours / week.
Credits received: 2 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on APRIL 15, 2019.


SPANISH 310 - Advanced Language Through Culture
Contact: Professor David Rodríguez-Solás, dsolas@umass.edu 
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will offer feedback on written assignments and online forums, and tutor students.
Pre-requisites: 1) being a Spanish major, 2) a GPA in Spanish of 3.5 or higher, 3) a grade of A or A- in 310 (completed last semester or expected this semester). 
Application materials: 1) a paragraph in Spanish explaining why you are interested in TAing for this class and how does this position relate to your interests and goals, 2) your GPA in your Spanish major and grade in SPANISH 310, 3) current résumé.
Times you must be available: 2 hours per week at the TAs convenience to set tutoring hours.
Hours per week: 6 hours / week.
Credits received: 2 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on APRIL 15, 2019.


SPANISH 382 - Spanish in the US
Contact: Professor Meghan Armstrong-Abrami, armstrong@umass.edu 
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will be responsible for for grading assignments, building Moodle assignments/quizzes and other organizational responsibilities.
Pre-requisites: Applicants must have taken SPANISH 382 and received an A in the class. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  
Application materials: current résumé and paragraph explaining why you feel qualified to be a TA for this class.
Times you must be available: The number of credit hours will be decided based on whether the TA attends class or not .
Hours per week: TBD.
Credits received: TBD, 1-3 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on APRIL 15, 2019.


SPANISH 306 - Spanish Pronunciation
Contact: Professor Meghan Armstrong-Abrami, armstrong@umass.edu 
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will be responsible for for grading assignments, building Moodle assignments/quizzes and other organizational responsibilities.
Pre-requisites: Applicants must have taken SPANISH 306 and received an A in the class. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.  
Application materials: current résumé and paragraph explaining why you feel qualified to be a TA for this class.
Times you must be available: The number of credit hours will be decided based on whether the TA attends class or not .
Hours per week: TBD.
Credits received: TBD, 1-3 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on APRIL 15, 2019.