The department regards teaching experience and training as an integral part of the graduate program. During the first semester of teaching, every student participates in a course taught by a specialist in second-language acquisition and is closely supervised by the faculty member coordinating the course. The course acquaints the student-teacher with the basic tools of language teaching, provides involvement in the work of a course taught by members of the faculty, and provides exposure to the latest developments in the theory and practice of language acquisition. While teaching, the University stipend is increased to reflect the additional work. Candidates who have had previous teaching experience may be considered for teaching duties before the general examination. Besides teaching in undergraduate language courses, graduate students may have an opportunity to teach discussion sections in literature courses.