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GC 510: Communication and Teaching Methods for International Teaching Assistants
This course is designed to help students:
- complete the oral English certification process
- improve overall ability to communicate in English in an academic setting
- develop presentation skills for the classroom or lab
- improve pronunciation in classroom settings and student interactions
- better understand the cultural aspects of American universities
How many times a week does the class meet?
Twice per week:
- Weekly two-hour class session: The focus of the class is to help you communicate more clearly in the American classroom. You will receive practice, feedback, and advice on presenting field information to undergraduates and on adjusting your English pronunciation (i.e., sound, rhythm, and overall comprehensibility). In addition, you will receive language-compensation tips and strategies for interacting with students.
- Weekly one-hour presentation workshop: Beginning in week 4, you will participate in 9 weekly presentation workshops outside of regular class time where you will either deliver a 5-8 minute mini-lecture in your field, or provide feedback to your classmates. You will present three times throughout the semester.
The final course grade is either a Satisfactory (S) or Unsatisfactory (U). In order to receive a Satisfactory grade, students must complete all 4 of the following requirements:
- Class Attendance (75% = S): You must attend 75% of scheduled class time. There are 12 class sessions beginning in Week 2 of the semester and ending Week 13.
- Voice Recordings (VR) (3/3 = S): You must record yourself speaking and submit 3 separate times over the course of the semester.
- Workshop Attendance (75% = S): You must attend 75% of scheduled workshops, which are held separately from the class. There are 9 workshops beginning in Week 4 of the semester and ending Week 13. You must also complete three presentations and self –reflections to receive an S for the workshop portion.
- Final Performance Evaluation (PE) (S/Unsatisfactory): You will receive an S for completing the final PE. Your PE score corresponds to your oral proficiency certification status and is separate from your grade from the course.
*Note: It is possible to pass your final PE but receive a grade of unsatisfactory for the course. Similarly, you may receive a satisfactory for the course but not pass the final PE. Your grade will not affect your GPA, but it will appear on your transcript.
For more information on the PE, click here.
Observations: In addition to the above requirements, if an ITA is actively teaching (leading a lab or discussion section), an observation will be required at least once during the semester.