2.1 The teaching context at LSE

At LSE most undergraduate courses are timetabled for 20-24 teaching weeks, and comprise both lectures and classes. Most lectures are given by full-time academic staff, whilst many of the classes are run by GTAs. Most undergraduate lectures are of fifty minutes duration, starting at five minutes past the hour, and ending at five minutes to the hour, to allow students and staff time to change over to another room for the following hour.

Classes are usually held once a week (though some may be once per fortnight). Most classes are again of fifty minutes duration, starting at five minutes past the hour, and ending at five minutes to the hour. Timing is an important element in teaching - run over at your peril! Students will generally give you warning that time is up, by packing their bags and leaving. Most classrooms have a clock, though these cannot always be relied upon.

Classes should have a maximum of 15 students. A few may have one or two extra, but if you find yourself with significantly more (eg 18+), do raise it with the teacher responsible and/or departmental tutor. At the start of the year, students may audit courses, and you will find that numbers and constituents of your class can change from week to week. This should be reflected in your class register, which is updated by the hour (see Class registers in Section 3.3|). Things should settle by about Week 4 of term. However, it is worth taking this point into consideration when planning early sessions.

You will probably also be required to offer a further weekly or fortnightly hour of support for each course on which you teach, called the office hour |(see Section 5.1). Other academic staff (including the teacher responsible and all academic advisers) hold office hours. You may want to check on the office hours of the teacher responsible for the course(s) on which you teach, should students raise questions you prefer them to take directly to the lecturers.

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