DAAD’s Language Assistant Program (Sprachassistentenprogramm) aims to provide graduates from German universities with an opportunity for professional development in the field of academic instruction in German through a teaching assignment abroad following their studies. Around 150 young graduates per year are placed at various universities worldwide and gain practical experience in teaching German as a foreign language via this program. The host universities are selected by DAAD, but individual placement requests are taken into account as far as circumstances allow.
The scholarships are intended for young graduates from German universities, primarily in the fields of German as a foreign language or Germanistik. Participation in the Language Assistant Program, usually for nine or ten months, is seen by many alumni as valuable preparation for future work as a lecturer. Indeed, one in four language assistants then goes on to assume a DAAD Lecturer position.
Language Assistants typically teach two courses per semester, often one beginner’s course in German as a foreign language and one reading/conversation course for advanced (second-year) students with texts covering topics such as politics, business, history, or technology, or even a language pedagogy course aimed at undergraduate and graduate students. Prior teaching experience in the area of German as a foreign language with a focus on terminology and intercultural communication is desired, as are knowledge of or open-mindedness for computer-assisted foreign language teaching. Language Assistants also have sufficient knowledge to combine German cultural studies with the educational pathways of students whose focus is often on other disciplines. Courses are taught independently, although pedagogical support and professional guidance are naturally provided. Language Assistants are also prepared for their teaching abroad stay by attending a two-day seminar held by DAAD Bonn prior to their departure.
Language Assistants in North America
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