DE/ITA English - Effective Communication for International Teaching Assistants
DE – Effective Communication for International Teaching Assistants is a 10-week course which focuses on improving the individual's English speaking ability and providing the graduate teaching assistant (GTA) with insights about instructing classes in a manner which is culturally appropriate for American university students.
WHERE DOES ONE REGISTER?
Registration for DE/ITA English is available online. Once the online form is complete and the payment has been submitted, the student will have a seat in the class.
The class size is limited to 15 students. The policies and procedures for the DE/ITA English course for International teaching assistants are listed below:
1. Meeting Times and Sections:
• Classes will be held at a set time each day, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks with an additional two hour teaching lab once a week for 8 weeks.
• If an additional section is needed, its time will be announced the first day of classes.
• Students must make time in their schedules to attend these classes.
2. Attendance policy:
• The attendance policy allows or a maximum of five (5) hours of absence from class (including lab time) during any course.
• Students who do not attend class regularly make little improvement, if any, in their spoken English.
• Students exceeding the number of hours will be dropped from DE - Effective Communication for International Teaching Assistants.
3. Tuition is $850. This includes a $50 non-refundable processing fee.
4. Students who drop the DE - Effective Communication for International Teaching Assistants/ITA course will be given refunds according to the following schedule:
Tuition is $850.00. This includes a $50.00 non-refundable processing fee.
Students who drop the Developmental English/ITA course will be given refunds according to the following schedule:
TIME OF DROP REFUNDED
Prior to 1st day of class $800
During 1st, 2nd, & 3rd class day $550
During 4th class day (up to 5 p.m.) $350
After 5 p.m. on the 4th class day No Refund
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE?
Any international student who wants to improve his/her oral presentation skills may take this course. However, the course was designed primarily for international graduate teaching assistants who must improve their speaking and presentation skills to meet the communication requirements of their assistantship. Most graduate departments accept a passing score in this course from students who have not passed the iBT TOEFL speaking section or IELTS. Students should take the iBT TOEFL speaking section or IELTS before registering for this course.
WHAT IS COVERED IN THIS COURSE?
The course covers the following communication components:
• Accent- reduction features such as the pronunciation of individual sounds, word stress, rhythm, intonation and phrasing.
• A linear teaching model with a beginning, middle, and end to each lesson or demonstration.
• Classroom management strategies that include how to engage a class more effectively by involving its members in questions and general participation.
• Application of classroom instruction during a weekly 2 -hour lab. For each lab, students will present a 10- minute lesson in the subject area to which they will be assigned as a GTA, and the presentations will be videotaped. The DE/ITA English instructor will confer with the student to explain where improvement is needed and how students can accomplish change in their presentation and speaking skills.
Note: Students enrolled in DE/ITA English will have access to the Language Acquisition Center and pronunciation software in the ELI computer lab.
HOW ARE STUDENTS TESTED?
Class attendance is monitored. Students missing in excess of 5 hours of class or lab will be dismissed from the course. After a student has recorded and submitted 6 videotaped practice teaching lessons, he/she begins work on a final presentation. The final video includes a 10-minute teaching lesson and an interview. Students have two opportunities to present a final video. If the first final video receives a high-pass rating, the student will be exempt from the second final. If the student's first final video does not receive a high-pass rating, the student will record a second video (before the last day of class) to submit for a final rating.
HOW DO STUDENTS KNOW WHETHER THEY PASS THE COURSE?
Students will be informed of whether or not they passed the final video via e-mail from the instructor. If students have been notified that they have passed the course, they can pick up a copy of their release letter at 402 Hammond Hall, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Any students who do not reach an acceptable proficiency level in 10 weeks and may enroll in the course again the following semester.
WHEN ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
Classes usually begin 2-3 weeks after regular UTA classes begin (except during summer semester) and last 10 weeks. Students attend classes four days per week, Monday through Thursday.
• Fall: 8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
• Spring: 8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m. or 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
• Summer: 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m.
Students are also required to attend a 2 -hour lab once each week. See flyer for lab hours for the upcoming semester. Finalized lab hours will be announced the first day of class.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE NEEDED?
Students will need to purchase software:
Software: Native Accent – by Carnegie Speech – available for purchase through the ELI Office after registration.
Other lesson materials, computer software, and video recording equipment will be provided.