ESL Teaching Assistant - Position Information
- Vancouver, Canada
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Reporting to the Head of Foundation Visual Art and Design and working directly with and in support of the Course Instructor(s), the ESL Teaching Assistant will provide professional, expert and courteous front line educational support to all VFS students within the program. The ESL Teaching Assistant is able to work with small groups of students on special projects, help the Course Instructor(s) better know the students, and may assist students in utilizing a variety of instructional resources. The ESL Teaching Assistant will have a basic understanding of a particular area of expertise in the program discipline, is highly organized, energetic and is a positive self-starter who thrives in an evolving and fast-paced environment.
• Able to communicate fluently and accurately in both written and oral English and Mandarin.
• Attend lectures given by the Course Instructor(s) whom they are assisting.
• Act as the liaison between students and Course Instructor and assist students in the classroom and outside of class time with class work.
• Under the direction of the Instructor, provide teaching assistance to individual students and/or groups of students.
• Assist and support the Course Instructor(s) in the delivery of course curriculum within the assigned program discipline.
• Assist the Course Instructor(s) with evaluating and marking student assignments based on the Course Instructor’s instructions and the program department’s policies and procedures.
• Troubleshoot any technical problems students are encountering and act as a liaison between students and the IT department when required.
• Assist and inform students of the procedures for completing and submitting class work.
• Familiar with learning resources, methodology and resources to support students.
• Able to identify when a student is in need of learning assistance and know how to respond appropriately.
• Able to foster independent learning.
• Monitors and helps students when needed without disrupting class.
• Provide students with a friendly and welcoming learning environment.
• Promote and support students’ learning in an English speaking environment.
• Provide general class preparation assistance to Course Instructor including photocopying of course materials and assist with development of course materials when appropriate.
• Assist the department with submitting student work to festivals and industry.
• Perform other duties as assigned by the Program Manager and/or other instructors.
• A degree, diploma, and/or certificate from a recognized post-secondary institution or a VFS graduate.
• TESOL certificate would be an asset.
• A strong grasp of the Adobe software tool set.
• An understanding of Maya software would be an asset.
• Film making education or experience would be an asset.
• Understanding of the basic principles of classroom management.
• Strong analytical skill and attention to detail.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an attention to detail and accuracy.
• Awareness of ESL challenges that a student may face in an English speaking environment.
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills.
• Demonstrated good judgment and initiative with the ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
• Highly organized team player with a flexible approach and works well under pressure.
• Ability to present a professional and positive image and maintain discretion and confidentiality.