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.

What else do I need to apply? 

Fill out the job application on JobX. This is required for students every term in order to be added to the payroll:

Please take a moment to fill out this form to help us plan ahead how many students to expect:

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?

Orientation: March 26th

6:30pm-8:00pm Orientation with Rassias Center. Mandatory for all new drill instructors. Sign up requested: 

Links to an external site. Highly recommended for students with one term of experience, or who were on the waitlist previously. This session will teach you the basics of the Rassias techniques. Please note that more dates will be offered throughout the Spring if you are interested in becoming a drill instructor in the future. Location TBD

Training Group A March 27th and March 28th

March 27th 6:00-8:00pm Spanish and Portuguese Drill Training. For students who have drilled before and students who have already attended the Rassias Orientation and a mandatory online module on Canvas. At the end of this sessions, most students will be ready for the tryouts. Location TBD

March 28th TBD Drill Tryout Location TBD

Training Group B March 28th and March 29th

March 28th 6:30-8:30pm Spanish and Portuguese Drill Training (second chance). Same as the day before, but for students who were not able to attend on Wednesday, and new students who would like additional practice. Location TBD

March 29th 2:30pm Drill Tryout Location TBD

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 $16.25 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 or if you need to be added to the Canvas site.