Language & Culture Coaching

Receive Individual Language & Culture Coaching

IAE's Language & Culture Coaches help international teaching assistants (ITAs) or prospective ITAs improve their English language skills and acclimate to life at UC Davis.

If you are an ITA or prospective ITA, you can meet with a Language & Culture Coach to:

  • Receive one-on-one English lessons,
  • Practice a specific feature of English that you want to improve,
  • Learn about U.S. culture,
  • Receive feedback on presentations or lessons,
  • Talk about academic terms and classroom practices in the U.S., and/or
  • Practice for the TOEP.

Meeting with a Language & Culture Coach is free!

Student Guidelines

Attendance

Students who sign up for coaching must attend the sessions that they sign up for. If your availability changes or if you need to reschedule or cancel a session, please follow the guidelines below.  

  • Canceling or Rescheduling a SessionIf you need to cancel or reschedule a session, you must let IAE staff AND your coach know at least 24 hours before your scheduled session. You can do this in person or via email. Please specify whether you would like to cancel or reschedule. We may not be able to accommodate all requests for rescheduling depending on availability, but we prefer to reschedule sessions rather than cancel them. Students with excessive cancellations or rescheduling requests may not be permitted to continue participation in the program.  
  • Late Cancellations or Rescheduling RequestsIf you make a request to cancel or reschedule your session with less than a 24-hour notice, your request will be recorded as late. Students with more than one late cancelation or resheduling request may not be permitted to continue participation in the program.
  • No ShowsIf you fail to attend a session without notifying IAE staff and your coach, this will be recorded as a "no show". Students with a "no show" may not be permitted to continue participation in the program.  
  • Availability ChangesIf your availability changes during the quarter (for example, you need to change your sessions from Tuesdays to Thursdays), you must let IAE staff AND your coach know at least 24 hours before your next scheduled session. We will attempt to accommodate your new availability.
Conduct

All student participants must follow the UC Davis Office of Student Support & Judicial Affairs Student Conduct Standards.  

Topics

Language & Culture Coaches are available to help current and prospective international TAs with the communication skills necessary to be effective TAs. Language & Culture Coaches will not help you with job interviews, writing papers, or other tasks unrelated to your work as a TA.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I schedule to meet with a Language & Culture Coach?

Fill out a request by clicking the link above. After you submit your request, you will receive an email from Emily Montgomery with the time for your first meeting. 

How often will I meet with the Language & Culture Coach?

You can choose how frequently you want to meet with a Coach. Most students will arrange to meet with a Coach one hour per week while some students may prefer to work with a Coach for just one session to help them prepare for something specific like the TOEP. 

Who are the Language & Culture Coaches?

The Language & Culture Coaches are undergraduate UC Davis students who are trained to support ITAs, particularly with oral English proficiency.