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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.


PORTUGUESE 357 - Translating and Interpreting for Portuguese-Speaking Communities
Contact: Professor Cristiano Mazzei, cmazzei@umass.edu   
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will attend the class twice a week and will be responsible for 1) providing support to students in their translation and interpreting assignments and 2) assisting students in their service-learning projects outside of class (e.g., proofreading their written translation work and communicating with service-learning community partners).
Pre-requisites: Applicants must be highly proficient in Portuguese and have had some exposure to translation (taken a course, done some work in translation and interpreting, etc.).  
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 PORT 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on NOVEMBER 30, 2019.


SPANISH 397W-01 - Latin American Cinema
Contact
: Professor Barbara Zecchi, bzecchi@umass.edu.
TAships available: two.
Responsibilities: The TA will come to class, offer feedback, moderate discussions, 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 397W or in another Hispanic Film Course. 
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 397W, 3) current résumé.
Times you must be available: Fr, 4-6:30 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 NOVEMBER 19, 2019.


SPANISH 311 - Advanced Spanish Grammar
Contact
: Professor Danielle Thomas, daniellethom@umass.edu.
TAships available: two.
Responsibilities: The TA will come to class, offer feedback, moderate discussions, 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 SPANISH 311 . 
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 311, 3) current résumé.
Times you must be available: TuTh, 11:30 AM-12:45 PM, 2 additional hours at the TAs convenience every other week.
Hours per week: 6 hours / week.
Credits received: 2 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on NOVEMBER 19, 2019.


SPANISH 312 - Oral and Written Expression
Contact
: Professor Danielle Thomas, daniellethom@umass.edu.
TAships available: one.
Responsibilities: The TA will come to class, offer feedback, moderate discussions, 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 SPANISH 312. 
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: TuTh, 2:30 PM-3:45 PM, 2 additional hours at the TAs convenience every other week.
Hours per week: 6 hours / week.
Credits received: 2 credits in SPANISH 398T (Pass / Fail)
Applications due on NOVEMBER 19, 2019.