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Instructional Assistantships for 2020/2021

Subject to final budgetary approval, the Department of Languages and Literatures invites applications for positions of Instructional Assistant (IAs) for its first- and second-year courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Linguistics and Spanish during the 2019/2020 academic year. The exact number of positions available will be determined when final enrolment numbers in each course are available. The number of contracts issued will depend upon a combination of enrolment levels and the performance of the IAs in previous term.

Position Overview

IAs will facilitate weekly conversation hours under the close supervision and guidance of the course instructor or coordinator. They will attend meetings with instructors when required.


Applicants should be students at Wilfrid Laurier University during the semester that they undertake duties of Instructional Assistant. Applicants should be able to communicate clearly in both English and the target language (Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish) with strong interpersonal skills (friendly, approachable, able to create a positive rapport with students, etc.). Applicants should also be able to maintain a good working relationship with the course coordinator or instructor.


The rate of pay is determined by the policy and guidelines for Instructional Assistants.


Applicants should send a cover letter, including a statement about the applicant's suitability for the position and what they can bring to the programs, a resume, and the names of two academic references. (Official transcripts are not required as the department has access to and will refer to academic records.) Please indicate your preference about the course you would like to teach.

The application deadline is March 31, 2020

Instructional Assistant Application Form