Writing and Speaking Learning Assistants

Writing and Speaking Learning Assistants (WSLAs) are a small cohort of undergraduates who tutor writing and speaking. They are mentored by the Global Writing and Speaking Fellows and provide support throughout the writing process.


To be eligible for consideration for the WSLA program, at time of application, you must:

  • Be a current sophomore student at NYU Shanghai;
  • Have received an A- or better in prior writing courses;
  • Have completed at least 30 credit hours at NYU Shanghai with a minimum GPA 3.0 by the end of semester preceding the start of the job;
  • Be enrolling at NYU Shanghai as an undergraduate student for the upcoming semester.

New WSLAs are hired midway through the fall semester. Check the Academic Affairs Weekly Newsletter and the ARC official WeChat for information.

After the spring training semester, WSLAs can apply to come back as returning WSLAs.

Click here to download the full Job Description.

Frequently Asked Questions
How many hours do WSLAs work?

WSLAs work about 6-8 hours a week.

Do I need to have prior tutoring experience?

No, you do not need teaching experience to apply. We will lead the new WSLAs in approximately 10 hours of training at the beginning of the first semester and assign each new WSLA a Fellow mentor to shadow until they are prepared to hold individual consultations.

Do I need to be able to teach content?

No, WSLAs do not teach content, but rather provide comprehensive writing support across disciplines, as well as lead reading, speaking, and listening consultations. It is not the WSLA’s job to teach the information of the course, but rather help students communicate about that material.