The Berkeley Language Center announces the availability of up to six one-semester GSR (Step IV) positions for one semester in each in the following academic year (pending authorization of funding).

These fellowships will enable graduate students to work on special projects both to improve the quality of language instruction in their current department and to enhance their professional development as teachers, which can potentially benefit their future chances of employment at other institutions. Research projects might include research on:

  • theoretical aspects of second language acquisition
  • language learning media and instructional materials
  • handbooks on specific aspects of language teaching
  • innovative activities to teach literature or culture in the language class
  • drama techniques to teach language
  • performance-based tests to assess linguistic, literary or cultural competence

The fellowship culminates in a presentation to the UC Berkeley language community. Past fellows have also presented their research at conferences, or published their work in established journals.

The projects will be undertaken in collaboration with the BLC Director, Rick Kern, and the BLC Associate Director, Mark Kaiser. Regular attendance at the weekly research fellows’ meetings is required. Graduate students teaching any foreign language at UC Berkeley are eligible to apply. Those teaching less commonly taught languages are particularly encouraged to apply. If you are interested, we strongly encourage you to discuss your research project proposal with either Rick Kern or Mark Kaiser.

The application deadline is Monday, February 15, 2016. See the Berkeley Language Center website for more information.


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