The Department maintains the following lists of resources related to graduate students. For program specific inquiries, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in German (Lynn Wolff), Linguistics (Suzanne Wagner), or TESOL (Charlene Polio). 

A related program, which is not housed within the Linguistics & Languages department, is the PhD in Second Language Studies. Its student organization is SoSLAP (Student Organization of Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy).

Teaching Assistantship Information

Procedure for indicating interest in TA positions

Current LiLaC graduate students and long-listed applicants for graduate degrees in German Studies, Linguistics, Second Language Studies and TESOL will be sent a link in December or January to an online form. You will be asked to provide your contact details and to indicate all the positions in which you have interest. 

You may indicate interest in the teaching assistantships offered through the department (see below), as well as teaching positions in the English Language Center, as well as non-teaching assistantships in the department and the Center for Language Teaching Advancement. You are advised to check the websites for those units to review their own position descriptions. 

After filing your survey, you may be asked to provide additional information, such as English proficiency test scores or letters of recommendation. You will be contacted by the relevant program/department/unit director(s) if this is needed, or if you are invited for interviews.

The anticipated deadline for returning the survey is February 1. Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Please note that the number and type of TA positions in LiLaC and other units varies from year to year. The following is a list of positions that we typically anticipate offering in any given year.

German Language Courses

  • Undergraduate degree in German or the equivalent required.
  • Native or near-native fluency in German required.
  • Pre- or co-requisite: GRM 810 or ROM 803.
  • German teaching experience desirable.
  • Preference given to students enrolled in the MSU German Studies PhD program.

Japanese Language Courses

  • Native or near-native fluency in modern standard Japanese required.
  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics or Second Language Studies PhD program preferred.
  • Foreign language teaching experience desirable.

Korean Language Courses

  • Native or near-native fluency in Korean required.
  • Enrollment in an MSU Ph.D. program in Linguistics and Languages or College of Arts and Letters preferred.
  • Foreign language teaching experience highly desirable.

 

Interdisciplinary Studies in the Arts and Humanities (IAH) Courses

IAH 204: Asia and the World (Spring and Fall semester)

  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics or German PhD program preferred.
  • Good English language writing and communication skills desirable.

IAH 231c: Language and Society (Spring semester only)

  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, 471 (or equivalents) preferred.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

IAH 231c: Language and the Brain  (Fall semester only)

  • Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, 455 or 855 (or equivalents) preferred.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

 

Linguistics Courses

LIN 200: Introduction to Language

  • Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, 824, 834 (or equivalents) preferred.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

LIN 225: Language and Gender

  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, 471, 871 (or equivalents) preferred.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

LIN 226: Language and Animals  (Spring semester only)

  • Enrollment in MSU linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • PhD students preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, 824, 834 (or equivalents) preferred.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

LIN 401: Introduction to Linguistics

  • Enrollment in MSU Linguistics PhD program preferred.
  • Completion of LIN 424, 434, or equivalents required.
  • Candidates must have good communication skills in English.

 

Language Learning and Teaching Courses

LLT 306: Methods for Adult ESL

  • Enrollment in MSU Second Language Studies PhD program preferred.
  • See course description.

LLT 307: Methods of Language Teaching

  • Enrollment in MSU Second Language Studies PhD program preferred.
  • See course description.

LLT 346: Pedagogical Grammar

  • Enrollment in MSU Second Language Studies PhD program preferred.
  • See course description.

LLT 361: Second Language Learning

  • Enrollment in MSU Second Language Studies PhD program preferred.
  • See course description.