Learning Assistants are academic tutors. LAs work with peers in one-to-one sessions to help students become better learners, tackling difficult material with them or breaking down concepts to help students identify the source of their difficulties. LAs help clarify the material and offer their own perspectives on learning it. Additionally, Learning Assistants also design, develop, and/or lead a variety of workshops, group tutoring sessions, or review sessions. LAs must keep up with material in any class for which they tutor.
Trained by the American Language Institute (ALI), the Summer ALI LA will work with International Students beginning in the summer and then rolling over ino the fall, in English Acquisition, leading tutoring sessions as well as educational workshops and excursions.
This year, we have the unique opportunity to hire Learning Assistants who will begin their role in the summer and will receive specialized training from the American Language Institute (ALI). The summer portion begins the week of June 25th and continues through August 24th and then will roll over into the fall with additional ULC training. Throughout the summer, these LAs will be working closely with a group of International Students who are participating in an intensive 8-week language program that focuses on reading, writing, and speaking, as well as acculturation to the American classroom. LAs will hold Study Hall hours (mandatory for students in the program) three evening per week (7-9pm, Mon – Wed) as well as be available for tutoring on Sundays. They will also have “flexible hours” for students who require additional attention, and will participate and be present in various components of the classroom experience. On Fridays, in conjunction with ALI faculty, LAs will lead cultural excursions with students. Throughout the summer, LAs will work on developing programs and workshops, both for the summer and to put in place for the academic year.