Sonoma International Teaching Experience (SITE)

Department of Modern languages and Literatures
Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA, U.S.A.

A Letter of Invitation to International Students
Seeking Tutoring and Teaching Experience during their Studies at SSU:

Although our SITE Certificate Program is currently on hold, we still encourage you to apply to become a Language Teaching Assistant (LTA) in French, German, or Spanish, and benefit from the Sonoma International Teaching Experience!

We are seeking motivated German, French, and Spanish-speaking students from abroad who are interested in gaining teaching experience at SSU. The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures offers international students interested in language teaching a unique opportunity to gain teaching and tutoring experience at an American university.

LTAs support our language learners inside and outside the classroom: They assist the language instructor (i.e. teaching mini-modules on language, history or culture), and they also offer extra-curricular activities, such as tutoring students, organizing events through the language clubs, or facilitating film series.

As an LTA you will take a course, "Practicum in Foreign Language Learning and Teaching" (French, German, or Spanish 495), in the fall and in the spring. You may also take courses in Teacher Education or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). See the list of SITE courses below.

Students currently enrolled at SSU, who are exceptionally proficient in French, German, or Spanish, may also be considered as a Language Teaching Assistant.

For more information about our LTA Program, including the application procedure, please contact the following professors:

Courses in Teacher Education, English Teaching, and TESOL that might be of interest to students involved in the Sonoma International Teaching Experience (SITE)

Please check the Sonoma State University General Catalog ( and the websites below for information and updates about course descriptions and prerequisites.

School of Education (

  • EDUC 417 School and Society (3 units; fall and spring)
  • EDSS 418 Learning and Development in Adolescents (3 units; fall and spring)
  • EDEC 420 Child Development in Family, School, and Community (3 units; fall and spring)
  • EDSS 442 Middle/Secondary Teaching in Multicultural Settings (4 units; fall)
  • EDSS 444 Teaching in the Content Areas (4 units; fall)
  • EDSS 446 Language and Literacy Across the Curriculum: Middle and Secondary Schools (4 units; fall)

Courses for Future Language Teachers in the Department of English (

  • ENGL 301 Literary Analysis: Seminar (4 units; fall and spring)
  • ENGL 313 Classical Literature and Mythology (4 units; fall)
  • ENGL 339 Introduction to Shakespeare (4 units; fall and spring)
  • ENGL 341 Explorations in Language (4 units; fall)
  • ENGL 343 Youth and Literature (4 units; fall)
  • ENGL 379 Pedagogical Grammar (4 units; spring)
  • ENGL 491 Teaching Composition (4 units; fall)
  • ENGL 492 Reading and Responding to Literature (4 units; spring)

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (

  • EDTE 540 Theories and Research in Second Language Acquisition (3 units; fall)
  • EDTE 541 Advanced Pedagogical Grammar for Teaching ESL/EFL (3 units; spring)
  • EDTE 542 Teaching Multilingual Writers (3 units; spring)
  • EDTE 544 Advanced Methods of Teaching ESL/EFL (3 units; fall)
  • EDTE 545 Special Topics in ESL/EFL (3 units; fall)