Language assistant position / Poste de lecteur/lectrice de langue anglaise
Deadline 26th April, 2021
The University and the English Department
  The Université de Perpignan (UPVD) is home to 10,000 students, studying in the fields of Humanities, Law, Science, Business and Technology, Tourism, and Sports. A French language school (CUEF) operates all year round. Set in a particularly attractive location – near the Spanish border, in a sunny historical town where the cost of living is relatively low and transport is easy (airport 10’)–, the university provides a human-sized, pleasant and stimulating work environment. It also benefits from health care and guidance from an efficient health service which has been particularly active in supporting testing and other Covid-related actions since March 2020.
  The English Department offers a Licence LLCER anglais (English BA) and two Master’s degrees in English (education and intermedial studies). A dozen permanent members of staff teach 100 to 150 undergraduates and postgraduates. The research Master (Master Arts, Lettres et Langues) attracts a highly international group of visiting professors and students, the Département des Etudes anglophones being part of the Erasmus Mundus consortium “Crossways in European Humanities”. University website: English Licence (BA)
Job requirements and description
  In 2021-2022, our Department will have three language assistants. For the sake of cultural variety we hire one or two European(s) (in the geographical sense, either EU or UK) and one or two non-European(s). Lecteurs/-trices may stay for a second year, so that in general (but not in 2021-2022) at least one new recruit arrives each year and at least one stays on.
  Applicants should hold an MA (or similar) in Humanities, preferably in French, English with Linguistics or French with Linguistics, and should be fluent in French. They should be competent to describe the English language precisely in grammatical and in phonological terms and to use and teach the IPA for English. The position involves teaching duties and related administrative tasks, such as forming class groups and managing the students’ assessment results, as well as organizing some extracurricular activities and administering an English club, “l’Assoc’ des anglicistes” (FB Assoc’ des anglicistes Perpignan). The lecteurs mainly teach oral classes and organize language laboratory sessions in the Centre de langues ( but may teach other classes such as Translation or Writing skills, depending on needs and their personal qualifications.
  The two lecteurs/-trices work together, both in teaching and administrative duties and in club activities. These can be adapted to each assistant’s talents and include taking on an administrative function in the Assoc’ des anglicistes together with student members and organizing activities (“Pub Quiz” nights, conversation sessions, etc.). Under Covid conditions, these have of course carried on as distance activities. The workload is defined by the English department but a large part of the teaching is done for the Département de Langues Etrangères Appliquées (LEA), and occasionally for other departments such as History.
  Contracts are for a 12-month duration. The academic year runs from early September till mid-July, but in practice lecteurs/lectrices are requested to be available from late August. The academic year falls into two 12-week teaching periods (classes are usually held from early September to early May) as well as revision, examination and board of examinations meeting periods. Contracts may be extended for a second year and assistants are encouraged to stay for two years. The pay is about 1200 € per month after tax. The yearly workload is 300 teaching hours per year, plus about half a day a week to be devoted to organizing and attending extracurricular student activities with the Assoc’ des anglicistes. Extra teaching hours can also be added to the basic salary.
  For more information, please contact Dr Hélène Guillaume, and Prof. Claire Bardelmann,
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Applications should consist of a CV in English and a cover letter in French, to be sent by 26th April, 2021 jointly to Claire Bardelmann, and
  To facilitate the recruitment process, the files sent should be titled “LASTNAME_Firstname_European” or “LASTNAME_Firstname_Non_European”. Applicants may include other relevant information (recommendations, website links etc.) after the letter. Prof. Claire Bardelmann,, Head of department. Dr. Hélène Guillaume,, Undergraduate programme coordinator.