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Mon Aug 24 2009
Internships: Summer 2010 Internship, Ape Language Acquisition: Project Bow
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Summer 2010 Internship, Ape Language Acquisition: Project Bow
Message 1: Summer 2010 Internship, Ape Language Acquisition: Project Bow
From: Aya Katz <amnfnwell.com>
Subject: Summer 2010 Internship, Ape Language Acquisition: Project Bow
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University or Organization: Inverted-A, Inc.
Web Address: http://hubpages.com/hub/What-Constitutes-Proof-in-Ape-Language-Studies
Type of Work: Teaching
Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
Duration: 01-Jun-2010 to 31-Aug-2010
Internship Location: Licking (outside city limits), Missouri, USA
Minimum Education Level: BA
Special Qualifications: B.A. or B.S. in linguistics, cognitive
science, psychology, anthropology or a related field.
Application requires a letter of application, CV, two letters
of reference on academic matters, two references from a landlord,
and a medical report.
The medical report must include tests for communicable diseases
such as TB, hepatitis (all forms)and HIV. It should also include
a regular physical and a medical history. Email us to receive
the new medical report form.
Interns must be assertive and willing to use their voice in order
to command Bow's respect. If you are not able to lower the pitch
of your voice or to increase the decibel level as necessary, you
will not be able to perform adequately. Some experience working
with children with behavioral problems would be a plus.
Interns will work on language acquisition and literacy with Bow,
an eight year old chimpanzee. Bow communicates using standard
orthography in two languages: English and Hebrew. (Special consideration
will be given to applicants who are fluent in Hebrew, as well
The teaching method involves intensive floortime interactions
to draw Bow into as many circles of communication as possible.
We use language in context, not rote training. In order to learn,
Bow has to be interested in and enjoy the interactions with others.
Interns must respect Bow's considerable intellectual achievements
and at the same time be willing to demand even more of him. Interns
must maintain realistic expectations and avoid undue sentimentality.
The average workday in the internship will involve three hours
playing with Bow, three hours filming others playing with Bow or
taking shorthand notes on dialogues with Bow, and two hours editing
video footage or transcribing data into the computer.
Interns will be involved in contributing to progress reports
in both written and video formats.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.
Dr. Aya Katz
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