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Douglas College

Language Learning and Acquisition Lab Assistant

Part Time
Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Language Learning and Acquisition Lab Assistant Posting Number 01708SA Location New Westminster Campus Grade or Pay Level S - Pay Level 9 Salary Range $23.89 per hour (with wage increments to a max of $26.44 per hour). Salary and wage increments are in accordance with the Collective Agreement. Position Type Support Staff - Temporary Posting Type Internal/External Regular/Temporary Temporary Employment Type Part-Time Posting Category Staff Start Date 01/04/2023 End Date 08/09/2023 Day of the Week Other - See work arrangements. Shift See work arrangements. Work Arrangements
This temporary part-time (minimum 4 hours per week) position is available starting January 4, 2023 to August 9, 2023. Hours of work are as per lab schedules set each semester. At this time, work shifts are anticipated to be Wednesday mornings only for the Winter 2023 semester. The number of hours per semester differ based on course offerings and demand. Shift days and times may change depending on the Department's need. Occasional evening and/or weekend work may be required. The position is located at the New Westminster campus; however, successful candidate must be available for occasional work at the Coquitlam campus.
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The Role
Facilitate student engagement in oral/aural, audio/visual and/or reading/writing learning activities to supplement instruction in English Language Learning and Acquisition ( ELLA ) courses. Activities may occur in a classroom, language lab or experiential settings, on or off campus.


1. Facilitate student engagement in lab-based learning activities (conversational and/or writing, as appropriate):

a. Review weekly lab lesson plans prepared by course instructor(s) to familiarize self with proposed learning activities and instructions

b. Complete any necessary preparation for these learning activities, including equipment set up.

c. Lead learning activities in classroom, lab or experiential (on- or off-campus) setting, as appropriate

d. As appropriate, in a conversational lab setting,
    •initiate, model, demonstrate and direct conversation to encourage student participation in speaking and listening activities, while covering instructor materials and meeting the objectives for the lesson, and •answer student questions directly related to conversational activities (i.e., clarify instructions, demonstrate correct pronunciation, explain vocabulary and provide cultural awareness or culturally appropriate behaviours)

e. As appropriate, in a writing lab setting,
    •initiate and direct writing practice to encourage student engagement with instructor-designed materials and activities, and •answer student questions directly related to writing activities (i.e., clarify instructions, explain vocabulary or suggest formatting choices)

f. Refer student questions about grammar and linguistic functions to instructor(s)

g. Correct student vocabulary or grammar errors according to instructor materials, and/or refer students to appropriate study resources / reference materials

2. Facilitate student engagement in experiential learning activities:

a. Review weekly experiential activity lesson plans prepared by course instructor(s) to familiarize self with proposed learning activities, instructions and any resource needs

b. Prepare learning resources and plan activities/outings to match learning activities

c. Co-ordinate learning activity logistics and convey expectations clearly to students

d. Organize and co-ordinate student volunteers and visits, actors and/or guest lecturers

e. Complete necessary forms for field trips and excursions off campus

f. Answer student questions directly related to experiential activities (i.e., clarify instructions, timelines, associated costs, if any, and resulting assignments/outcomes)

3. Collaborate with instructor(s) for assessment of student performance in labs:

a. Record student attendance and punctuality

b. Liaise regularly with instructor(s), to discuss lesson plans and expectations, and to note any issues with learning lab activities (e.g., level of difficulty, time/pacing, etc.)

c. Provide instructor(s) regular feedback on student participation in, engagement with and comprehension of learning activities in conversational and/or experiential settings, as appropriate

d. Write and submit comments about student progress for inclusion in report cards, using online platform (such as but not limited to Office365 applications, ClassNotebook, GoReact, Blackboard, etc.)

e. Identify and contribute new materials or activity ideas for inclusion in future lab lessons, as requested and as time permits

4. Perform other related duties:

a. Provide web links and contact information required for students to complete their tasks

b. Maintain current contact lists for students/classes

c. Communicate with students and College employees using a Douglas College email address, and monitor College email regularly (several times each week during semester)

d. Update and organize supplies and learning resources for activities and labs, including websites, contacts for excursions, maps for outings, etc.

e. Organize and maintain electronic files and records of learning resources on the shared College network

f. Submit a brief final report on each learning lab to the appropriate instructor, with a copy to the program Coordinator, identifying overall success and/or limitations/challenges with the students and lab (report template provided)

g. Perform other duties as directed by the supervisor and/or Reporting Administrator, which may include (but not limited to) remedial tutoring and invigilating exams
To Be Successful in this Role You Will Need
    •Excellent interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills, including written and verbal fluency in English; •Familiarity with computer-based language learning activities; •Good working knowledge of the principles of effective language acquisition; •A demonstrated ability to
      •Speak English fluently; •initiate and conduct conversations in English and encourage the participation of students; •follow the course materials provided faculty members; •facilitate educational activities in a large group setting; •facilitate tutoring in small group or one on one settings; •produce and maintain accurate documentation (attendance records, progress reports, lists of learning materials and online resources, etc.) •organize workflow to ensure that deadlines, lesson plans and activity objectives are met; •Be organized and able to work with multiple colleagues to coordinate the delivery of lab activities •work independently under minimum supervision to meet deadlines and to establish priorities; •exercise initiative within a team and propose solutions to problems that arise; •provide efficient, client-centred service in person, in writing, telephone or teleconferencing tools with the College community and outside stakeholders.

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Douglas College is committed to fostering a diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment. In support of this journey, we welcome all people to apply, including people from groups that are experiencing inequity, including, but not limited, to Indigenous Peoples, racialized or persons of colour, persons with mental or physical disabilities, persons who identify as women, and/or persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, and persons of all faith identities, age, marital status, and parental status.
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Posting Detail Information

Open Date 11/21/2022 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicant
Interested applicants must submit their application and all required documents online on the Douglas College Career Site . Qualified internal applicants shall be given first consideration in filling the position. All internal applications must be received by November 25, 2022. Please ensure your resume clearly explains how you meet the required knowledge, skills and abilities of the position for which you are applying. All candidates selected for interview will need to bring original certificates and diplomas of educational credentials noted on their resume.
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