Dates: June 3 – August 16 (11 weeks; start date flexible)
Hours: up to 20 per week
Location: CORE Languages Mt. Pleasant Office (720 S. Shelmore Blvd. Ste. 102, 29464)
Intern Supervisor: Dr. Rob Kohn, Ph.D. Germanic Studies, Director of Curriculum Development at CORE Languages Inc.
Target Qualifications: Background in pedagogy, foreign languages, English, linguistics, or education; experience tutoring a language; study abroad experience
The languages intern will work closely with Dr. Rob Kohn, Director of Curriculum Development, to assist in the following:
1. Creation of language assessment tools in target language(s)
2. Creating online content for Learning Management System (LMS) in target language(s), including
building vocabulary sets (using Quizlet and MS Word), making videos on various themes, writing
grammar explanations, and developing self-checking exercises
3. Develop curricula for beginning to advanced level courses in target language(s)
4. Rolling out new content, etc. to instructors; gather feedback and discuss best practices as it
relates to the teaching field
In addition, the intern will read and discuss materials as theoretical preparation for understanding the practical application of concepts to creating courses, assessment instruments, and course-related materials.
The intern will learn valuable skills transferable to his or her career in education, whether in the private or public sector, and will increase his or her knowledge of pedagogical theory and how to apply it to real teaching situations. The intern will learn how to assess student progress and evaluate and reflect on courses (e.g. efficacy, structure, delivery, etc.). Further, the intern will be exposed to best practices in language instruction by teaching professionals, and gain valuable experience in the creation of teaching materials, their delivery, and how to self-evaluate and be meta-critical of their own materials and processes. Moreover, the intern will learn how a successful language services provider builds a client base, executes a business plan, and interacts with clients from around the world, developing greater insight into cultural differences and trends in language education.
Successful completion of the internship will help prepare the student for a career in teaching, and will be instructive regarding how technology and business platforms contribute to a widening of the education field beyond the traditional, brick-and-mortar classroom and how (foreign) language education is useful in a corporate environment in a highly globalized economy.
Supervision of Intern:
The intern will be supervised by Dr. Rob Kohn, who holds a PhD in Germanic Studies, and has extensive experience in course and curricular design, pedagogical theory, and language teaching at the college level. The intern will be provided a desktop computer at the office, as well as access to software and websites to assist in the fulfillment of the above-outlined duties (including MS Office, CRM, Moodle, ), as well as PDF copies of required reading (excerpts from Teaching Language in Context by O’Maggio-Hadley, 3rd ed., 2001; and Remapping the Foreign Language Curriculum, Swaffar & Arens, 2006). The intern will work on the duties described above, but will also be given the opportunity to create their own course from start to finish as a final project in consultation with the supervisor. He or she will be given frequent and productive feedback, and the supervisor will be available for guidance and answering questions throughout the internship.