LINGUIST List 11.828

Tue Apr 11 2000

Jobs: English/French Lang Instructor, Puebla Mexico

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  1. Jennifer Sisane, English/French Lang: Instructor at Universidad de la Sierra, A.C., Puebla Mexico

Message 1: English/French Lang: Instructor at Universidad de la Sierra, A.C., Puebla Mexico

Date: 10 Apr 2000 19:55:58 -0000
From: Jennifer Sisane <>
Subject: English/French Lang: Instructor at Universidad de la Sierra, A.C., Puebla Mexico

Rank of Job: Visiting Instructor
Areas Required: English and/or French Teaching Intern
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Universidad de la Sierra, A.C.
Department: Vicerrector�a de Asuntos Internacionales
State or Province: Puebla
Country: Mexico
Final Date of Application: June 9, 2000
Contact: Jennifer Sisane

Address for Applications:
Calle 8 Sur 706; Colonia Centro CP 72000
Puebla CP 72000

The Universidad de la Sierra, A.C. (USAC) is pleased to announce 3-4
English and/or French teaching internship position openings for the Fall
2000 (August-December) semester at our Huauchinango, Puebla campus.

The USAC Teaching Internship Program Established in 1997, this
continuous program is designed to give graduate students enrolled in
accredited TESOL programs and recent MA TESOL graduates an opportunity
to gain valuable international teaching experience. Interns may
arrange to earn graduate academic credit for their work with USAC.

Interns are integral members of the department's faculty and have the
opportunity to teach a variety of language classes, as well as, work
on curriculum, material and text development. The program has
excellent support services for interns which include a comprehensive
orientation, weekly round table discussions, teaching methodology
workshops, and class observation feedback sessions. On occasion, the
program has openings for interns who have bachelor's degrees coupled
with a strong interest in Mexican culture and language teaching.

The University

The Universidad de la Sierra, A.C. is an accredited nonprofit private
institution that offers undergraduate, graduate, certificate and
distance learning programs. At the undergraduate level, USAC offers
programs in law, accounting, administration, tourism, information
systems, computer science, engineering, and architecture. USAC offers
graduate programs in teaching, administration, finances and
law. USAC�s certificate programs include education, administration,
and taxes. The University has grown to include 3 campuses and has
plans for future expansion. At present, USAC has campuses in
Huauchinango, Puebla; Puebla, Puebla and Poza Rica, Veracruz.


Huauchinango is a beautiful mountain community of approximately 80,000
inhabitants. It is located in the Sierra Norte of Puebla and is 100
miles northeast of Mexico City (3 hours via bus).

Intern Responsibilities

-Interns will teach approximately 15-20 contact teaching hours per week
-Staff the USAC Language Center which sponsors complimentary English and
 French language workshops. On occasion, Nahuatl (a local indigenous
 language) workshops are offered as well.
-Actively participate in faculty meetings, round table discussions,
 teaching methodology workshops, and USAC-sponsored language activities
-Work on special projects as designed (curriculum, resource and text
-Teach short-term Saturday classes as needed in the distance learning

If interns are assigned to work on special projects, the overall contact
teaching hours will be reduced accordingly. Interns are allotted
preparation and grading time for each hour in the classroom. The
remaining hours of the 40 hour work week are devoted to projects.

The University will provide the following:

-Free University e-mail account and free internet access
-Complimentary furnished housing (shared with up to 3 other interns)
-Complimentary breakfast, lunch and snacks at the El Mirador restaurant
 and University cafeteria
-Stipend of 6,000-8,000 pesos per semester (approximately 650-850 USD);
 airfare reimbursement of up to 300 USD upon completion of contract;
 additional bonuses available if invited for a year long contract. 
 Stipend, reimbursements and bonuses are paid in pesos.
-Full scholarship for USAC graduate courses 

Contract Dates

University classes are tentatively scheduled to begin on August 7th
and end on December 16th. Following the cessation of classes, the
University holds a brief final examination period. Applicants who are
interested in year-long contracts should direct inquires to the Search
Committee Chair for additional information.

Minimum Requirements

-Native speaker of English or French (We currently have a local Mexican
 teaching staff and are searching for native speakers to complement the

-Earned bachelor's degree in TESOL, English, French or a closely related

-Professionalism, cultural sensitivity, maturity, flexibility, a
 positive attitude and the ability to adapt to another culture

-Access to an e-mail account and fax machine during the application period

Preferred Qualifications

-Current enrollment in an accredited TESOL master's program or a recent
 graduate of an accredited MA TESOL program

-International living and/or traveling experience

-Tutoring and/or teaching experience 

-Proficiency in Spanish is not required but is very helpful since few
 people in the area speak English. Huauchinango is the perfect place
 for interns who are looking for a total immersion experience.

-Fluency in French is preferred but not essential for all position openings

Application Information:

To apply, please fax the materials listed below. For prompt
consideration, please apply by June 9, 2000. Incomplete applications
will not be considered.

-Cover letter stating professional interests, academic training,
 practical experience and availability dates. Please indicate if you are
 interested in a semester-length or year long contract.


-Three letters of recommendation from former professors or employers who
 would be able to comment on your suitability for an international post

-Unofficial transcripts (Please have your university's registrar send
 official copies to the Search Committee's attention)

-Photocopies of diplomas and applicable certificates

Please contact Jennifer Sisane, USAC Internship Search Committee
Chair, if you would like to receive an Internship Information Packet.
She may be reached at the Puebla campus at the numbers below or via
e-mail at

Informational interviews will be conducted at the NAFSA conference for
prospective interns and administrators interested in establishing
linkages with USAC. This year�s conference will be held in San Diego,
California ( Candidates who are not able to
attend the conference will not be excluded from consideration.

Vicerrector�a de Asuntos Internacionales
Universidad de la Sierra, A.C.
Calle 8 Sur 706
Colonia Centro CP 72000
Puebla, Puebla

Phone: 52 (2) 2-42-63-01 or 52 (2) 2-42-60-79
Fax: 52 (2) 2-32-38-28
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