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I assume it's like it is at my D's LAC where there are TA's who are undergraduate students who are paid to assist the professor by doing tasks like grading some papers and doing some tutoring/mentoring of other students who need extra help. They are not graduate students and definitely aren't teaching the class.
Language Residents are Pomona College staff employees; i.e, they are teaching assistants, not teaching faculty or research scholars. Moreover, since part of Oldenborg’s mission is to provide structured, but still informal, learning opportunities outside the classroom, the majority of work duties performed by Language Residents also takes place outside the classroom and is designed to supplement and enrich the regular academic programming already offered by the College. Language Residents report to the Oldenborg Center Director and, under the Director’s guidance, collaborate with foreign language faculty in structuring and implementing programming that supports engagement with foreign languages and cultures at the College. As such, Language Resident duties and responsibilities include:
• To serve as facilitators in intermediate and advanced foreign language conversation classes.
• To attend weekday foreign-language lunch tables and provide leadership that stimulates conversation in the target language.
• To organize and provide leadership for Center cultural activities, such as film screenings, guest presentations, trips to appropriate local or regional events. Although students may lead some activities, the Language Resident will advise and guide the students in selecting and structuring the activity.
• To promote use of the target language and interest in the foreign culture(s) relevant to the language section; to do so in a manner consistent with the Center’s spirit of providing a foreign language immersion environment for students.
• To be prepared to collaborate with individual foreign language faculty for a maximum of 5 hours per week as agreed upon by the Oldenborg Center Director and the Department Chair of the respective language program (monitor drill sections, etc.).
• Additional duties as required.
Her linked in profile says she is a grad student at Indiana U. I don't understand how as she's obviously been in Massachusetts for the past 3 years. https://****/in/dimamima Here's part of her bio from Mt. Holyoke:
she is currently working on her dissertation on The acquisition of argument structure and functional categories by monolingual Spanish children with Specific Language Impairment.
She IS listed at IU. She is listed as a grad student in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences.