AT/Drill Instructor Tryout Dates

The Department encourages students to participate in the Apprentice Teacher Workshops in order to learn the drill method and try out to be a Drill Instructor.

Session Information

Students who have never drilled before must attend the Orientation and all practice sessions; students who HAVE drilled before must attend the first workshop as listed below in order to establish their schedule.

We will figure out the case-by-case attendance schedule the first day of the workshops.

Please sign up in the Google doc before Tuesday at 2:00 pm. Shortly after, we will contact the veterans to let them know what days they have to attend the workshops.

Who is elegible?

  • Students in courses numbered 9 or above (e.g. Spanish 9, Portuguese 20)
  • Returning LSA/LSA+/FSP students
  • Majors and minors in Hispanic, Romance and Lusophone Studies
  • Dartmouth students with demonstrable proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese (e.g. students who placed out of the language requirement, native and heritage speakers)

When is the training taking place?

Monday January 10th

6:30pm: Orientation. Meet in Silsby 28.

Mandatory for ALL NEW candidates

6:30pm Orientation with Rassias Center (students who have only drilled online are strongly encouraged to attend orientation to learn and practice how to use drill techniques for in-person settings) at Rocky 3.

7:30-9:00pm: Drill training 

Mandatory for ALL NEW candidates

Tuesday January 11th

6:00-8:00pm: Drill training. Blunt.

Wednesday January 12th

6:00-8:00pm: Drill training. Blunt.

Thursday January 13th

3:30pm - 4:30pm: Selection. Blunt.

Returning and Veteran Apprentice Teachers are excused from Orientation. They are however, required to come to practice sessions to assist in the training of new candidates.

What's involved in working as a drill instructor?

Depending on your assignment, you will teach 3 or 4 hours per week and assist in correcting homework.

Payment starts at $11.50 per hour. (Preparation time is also paid at the rate of one hour per period taught, i.e. if you teach 3 hours a week, you will be paid for 3 hours of teaching and 3 hours of prep time).

Detailed scripts for drills.

Close collaboration with the language faculty.

Please contact Professor Roberto Rey Agudo with any questions.