The departments of French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Chinese Studies, Hispanic Studies, Arab Studies, Classics, and Russian Studies employ student apprentice teachers (ATs) to reinforce and complement the work done in their elementary and intermediate language courses. ATs are expected to teach two 50-minute sessions per week. The hourly pay rate for ATs is the college's "academic rate" - $9/ 9.50/ 10/ 10.50, depending on experience. ATs are also paid for one hour of preparation for every hour they teach (= 4 hours per week total). ATs report regularly to their supervisor.
Serving as an AT is one of the most important and rewarding student jobs on campus. In order to be considered, all candidates must first apply through Handshake, then attend orientation and training on the first weekend after the beginning of fall classes. In that AT workshop, candidates are introduced to the theory and practice of second language acquisition and proficiency-based learning. Training includes both form- and content-based teaching techniques. Selection is competitive. Criteria include dependability and professionalism, language proficiency, demonstrated classroom presence, interest in foreign language pedagogy, and general promise as apprentice teacher.