Language Tutorial Leaders
Each year, the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies hires Undergraduate and International students with excellent, native or near native German fluency to work as German language monitors or tutorial leaders for Beginner and Intermediate German courses. The following information will be of interest to students who are interested in this type of work.
Where to apply:
Applications forms can be obtained at:
Humanities and Fine Arts (HUMFA) Administrative Commons
5th floor of the Arts Building, Room 522.
At the time of applying, students should submit a course schedule which clearly outlines the times when have their own classes or other time commitments and are therefore unavailable for tutorial work. They may also wish to submit a letter outlining any particular day or time preferences they may have, as well as the number of tutorials which they would like to teach. Although the selection committee may not be able to always accommodate such preferences, it will do so whenever possible.
All inquiries related to details on the type of work involved can be directed to the student’s German instructor or can be directed to:
Prof. Helena da Silva, Head
Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies
When to apply:
Students should apply as early as possible once they have finalized their own course schedule for the term since they will be asked to provide this along with their application form. Tutorial leader selections usually take place during the first week and a half of classes of the fall and winter terms.
Hiring and Tutorial Schedules:
- Regular Fall and Winter Terms:
The hiring process, including interviews, usually takes place during the first few weeks of classes of the fall and winter terms and tutorials usually begin in the 3rd week of the regular academic terms. During the regular fall and winter terms, language tutorials take place once a week for each course and run for ten weeks.
- Intersession and Summer Session
Students interested in applying for tutorials for Intersession and Summer Session should apply by April 10th. Intersession and Summer Session tutorials entail 10 sessions and usually begin on the 2nd day of classes. They are given three or four times a week during a 3 week period.
Selection Process & Criteria:
Tutorial leader selection is determined by the German Tutorial Selection Committee. The following factors are taken into consideration by the selection committee:
- oral fluency and pronunciation
- clarity and pace of speech
- interpersonal and leadership skills
- previous experience in any teaching or leadership role
- value of the tutorial work experience to the student’s program of studies
- the student’s own course schedule and availability
Nature of the Work:
Tutorial Preparation and Class Time:
As previously stated, the 1.5 hours of weekly pay per tutorial includes 50 minutes of class time plus 40 minutes of preparation time. In many cases, a lot of the material for tutorials has already been prepared ahead of time, although students are usually invited to complement this with their own ideas and creativity and to prioritize the activities with which they feel most comfortable and which best achieve the tutorial’s objective. The goal of all language tutorials is to encourage students to speak and practice their oral language skills as much as possible. Tutorial leaders are expected to create a warm and welcoming class atmosphere which puts their students at ease. An atmosphere conducive to learning should be both relaxed and friendly, while remaining professional and efficient at all times. Excellence in this type of work is usually linked to the tutorial leader’s ability to make the tutorial experience interesting, effective and enjoyable. It should be remembered that, in the classroom as in any other situation, enthousiasm on the part of the tutorial leader is contagious, as is lack of it.
Once hired, tutorial leaders will likely be asked to attend a tutorial workshop held a few days prior to the starting date of their tutorials.
Benefits of this type of work to students:
There are many benefits in this type of work which can far outweigh the purely financial ones:
- Teaching experience at the university level within the framework of tutorials can be an important asset in a student’s C.V.
- This work provides students with valuable teaching experience and could therefore be of particular interest to those who are thinking of entering the field of education upon completion of their degree and who would like to get a sense of what such work entails.
- Such opportunities help all students to develop self-confidence and leadership skills in the classroom. These skills and traits will prove to be useful to students during their studies and in most subsequent careers, both in the field of Education and beyond it.
- Tutorial programs are a good initiation into teaching insofar as a great deal of material, support, suggestions and structure is usually provided to tutorial leaders.
Rate of Pay:
Students are paid for 1.5 hours a week for each tutorial, which includes 50 minutes of class time and 40 minutes of preparation. Depending on the student’s preference and availability, as well as the number of suitable applicants and available tutorials, more than one tutorial may be assigned to each student. During the ten weeks of tutorials, student pay rate is determined by university-wide student pay standards which are calculated according to the student’s status as either Graduate or Undergraduate, as well as the number of years of university study which they have completed. A table of current pay rates is available for consultation at the University of Saskatchewan’s Human Resources website at the following link: