LINGUIST List 6.1029

Mon Jul 31 1995

Jobs: Teaching English in Germany

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  1. "E.W. Schneider", Teach English in Germany?

Message 1: Teach English in Germany?

Date: Thu, 27 Jul 1995 14:18:07 Teach English in Germany?
From: "E.W. Schneider" <>
Subject: Teach English in Germany?

The University of Regensburg, Germany, announces an unanticipated
vacany for a position of Lektor, to teach English for a period of up to five
 years. An informal job description follows. Applications
 should reach me by August 21; the job should be taken up at the
beginning of our winter term, Nov. 1. Candidates who reacted to a similar
 announcement earlier this year should state there continuing
 interest but need not submit full applications. Don't hesitate to
ask me if there are any further questions.
Edgar Schneider

Lektors in the English Department
(Institut fuer Anglistik und Amerikanistik) of the University of

An Informal Job Description

I. Job Description
In their capacities as native speakers of English and citizens of the
English-speaking countries, Lektors in the English Department of the University
 of Regensburg teach courses in two specific areas
: practical language instruction (i.e. English as a foreign language)
and Landeskunde (i.e. introductory courses in British/American/Canadian culture
 history, geography etc.).

Practical language courses are taught at various levels
(introductory, intermediate, advanced) and include:
Translation (German into English; English into German is taught by
German instructors); Composition (Essay-Writing and Discussion at all levels);
 English Grammar (with a comparative view of English a
nd German grammar); Vocabulary; Phonetics (mostly language lab
instruction); General Language Courses which combine many aspects of the course
 mentioned above. Also, Lektors are responsible for devi
sing and administering tests in these areas.

Landeskunde courses are designed to give the students a general
outline of British/American/Canadian culture, history, geography, economics etc
 There are survey courses for beginners and courses on
special topics for advanced students (e.g. ethnic problems,
educational systems, recent history, political institutions, etc.).

II. Required Qualifications
Prospective applicants for the position of Lektor must be native
speakers of English and fluent in German, and they must have lived in an
 English-speaking country for two years prior to employment. C
andidates must have at least a Master's degree in English,
linguistics, German, or possibly some related field; a Ph.D. or ABD status woul
 be a plus. Also, they should have some formal training in t
eaching English as a foreign language (TESOL); for applicants from
Great Britain, the TEFL exam is required. Some teaching experience, for example
 as graduate assistants, preferably in German or Engl
ish as a foreign language, or, a previous stay of a few months or
more in a German-speaking country would be helpful. As this is a non-tenure
 position, candidates should make clear that in the long r
un they seek a professional career in their home country, for which a
temporary stay in Germany would be beneficial, however.

III. Working Conditions
Lektors are given a two-year contract which may be renewed for
another three-year period (but the employment period cannot be extended beyond
 those five years). The teaching load is 16 hours per week
 (4 to 8 different courses) during the semester (the winter semester
lasts from November through February, the summer semester from May through
 July), and probably about one course per semester break
 (fall and spring), depending on other activities. Further duties
include participation in the planning, administering, and correction of various
 exams, some student tutoring, some participation in t
he administrative business of the institute, and occasional service
functions as native speakers for other department members. Thus, during the
 months of March and April and August through October, L
ektors must be present at the university, unless they are on vacation
(roughly 5 to 6 weeks per year, depending on age and legal regulations) or
 special leave of absence. Job duties do not include re
search work, although the job should leave some spare time for such

The salary is calculated according to the BAT IIa scale of the German
civil service. There are fringe benefits. Salary and fringe benefits depend on
 age and family status. For those Lektors employed
during the whole calendar year there is a thirteenth monthly salary
(otherwise, the appropriate fractions are paid for each month of employment).
 Altogether, the average salary of a Lektor currently
amounts to roughly between 48,000 and 55,000 DM net per annum. The
salary is paid in monthly instalments.

Please send applications or requests for further information to:

Prof. Dr. Edgar W. Schneider, Universit,t Regensburg, Institut fuer
Anglistik und Amerikanistik, D-93040 Regensburg, phone no. [011-49-](0941) 943
 3470, fax no. [011-49-](0941) 943 4992, e-mail: edga
University of Regensburg, 93040 Regensburg, Germany
phone (int. line)-49-941-9433470
fax (int. line)-49-941-9434992
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