Teaching Fellowships

Teaching is guaranteed to graduate students in their third and fourth years provided they have met the necessary requirements. Possible teaching assignments include a section of an undergraduate language course or a discussion section of a literature course. Teaching opportunities in other departments may sometimes be available as well. Harvard provides its teaching fellows with classroom resources, a training program, and feedback from permanent faculty members. Such ample teaching opportunities reflect a departmental philosophy of preparing strong candidates for the academic job market. The successful completion of Linguistics 200, which must be taken at the beginning of the first year of teaching, is a requirement for all graduate students but does not count as one of the sixteen courses toward the doctorate. Graduate students with previous teaching experience who have already taken a course in pedagogy through another graduate degree program may petition to be exempt from Linguistics 200. The Director of the Language Program determines exemptions on a case-by-case basis.