Language & Culture Coaching

Language & Culture Coaching

In Language & Culture Coaching, multilingual graduate students work toward developing their oral English skills so they can communicate effectively as TAs.

Some students participate with the goal of meeting the TA language requirement while others are already experienced TAs who want to continue fine-tuning their English to best support the students in their classes. If you are a multilingual grad student--whether you're a future TA or a TA with years of experience--we're happy to support you!  

Common topics include American English pronunciation, vocabulary, pragmatics, classroom management, discourse management, and presentation skills.

Instruction is delivered through a one-unit EDU 198 course, and all participants will complete one or more of the tracks listed below. 

Registration for Fall coaching is now closed. Registration for Winter coaching will be available prior to the start of the Winter quarter; join the IAE email list to receive an email when registration for Winter opens. 

Track 1: Individual Plan

In this track, students meet one-on-one with an undergraduate coach in weekly sessions to practice oral communication. Students set goals with their coaches and work toward meeting those goals. Goals may be focused on TA skills, pronunciation, culture, vocabulary, and related topics. 

one-on-one
one-on-one sessions with coach

Track 2: Presentation Skills

In this track, students practice their presentation skills in one-on-one sessions with an instructor and group sessions with other students. Emphasis is placed on learning how to organize and deliver presentations effectively. The date and time for group sessions will be determined after students register and submit their availability.
 

one-on-one
one-on-one sessions with instructor

 

group sessions
group sessions with instructor and other students


Recommended: Designing & Presenting Visuals Workshop

Track 3: English for Teaching

Practice using English for teaching in one-on-one sessions with an instructor and group sessions with other students. Learn how to teach basic concepts, check for student understanding, and handle student questions. The date and time for group sessions will be determined after students register and submit their availability.

 

one-on-one
one-on-one sessions with instructor

 

group sessions
group sessions with instructor and other students

 

Recommended: Leading Group Activities Workshop

Track 4: American English Pronunciation

In this track, students will meet with the instructor at the beginning of the course to create an individualized pronunciation practice plan. Activities will include online exercises and progress check-ins with the instructor throughout the quarter. Topics include consonant sounds, vowel sounds, intonation, syllable stress, linking, pacing, and other related topics.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • How do I sign up?
  • When registration is open at the start of each quarter, you can click the button at the top of this page to fill out a pre-registration form. After you submit the pre-registration form, you will receive instructions on how to complete your registration.
  • Which tracks should I sign up for?
  • That answer depends on a few different factors such as your student status, your requirements, and your goals. Please see the image below for a summary. You are also welcome to email us at iae@ucdavis.edu with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment to meet with us to discuss your options.

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  • Can I participate for more than one quarter?
  • Yes! Many students participate for more than one quarter, but your coaching plan and schedule will change each quarter. If you would like to work with the same coach for more than one quarter, please indicate your preference in the pre-registration form, and we will pair you with that coach if possible.
  • When do I sign up?
  • Registration closes at the end of the third week of the quarter, but you are strongly encouraged to sign up by the first day of the quarter so that you don't miss any sessions.
  • What time will I meet with my coach (track 1)?
  • In the pre-registration form, you will share your scheduling availability and some basic information about yourself. After you submit this form, you will receive an email with your weekly one-on-one schedule. 
  • How often will I meet with the Language & Culture Coach?
  • Most students meet with their coach once a week throughout the quarter. Each session is 50 minutes. 
  • Who are the undergraduate Language & Culture Coaches?
  • The coaches are UCD undergraduate students who are trained to support international graduate students on topics in language and culture. They are friendly, attentive, and dedicated to helping graduate students improve and succeed! They come from a variety of majors and backgrounds.
  • What would I work on with a coach?
  • During your first session with your coach, you will complete a self-assessment, set some goals with your coach, and develop a plan for how you will meet those goals. Topics must be related to your current or future work as a TA and may include pronunciation, vocabulary, U.S. culture, presentation skills, organization, and other related topics.
  • Do I have to sign up for the course?
  • Yes, program participants must enroll in the course. However, students who are preparing to take the TOEP can also request to meet with a coach three times or fewer before they take the exam. Students attending these TOEP practice sessions do not need to be registered for the course and can request to practice with a coach when they sign up for the TOEP. Students in the course receive first priority in scheduling, and all TOEP practice sessions are subject to availability.

  • How is the coaching course graded?
  • The EDU 198 coaching course is graded as Pass/No Pass. See the course syllabus linked on this page for additional details.

  • I'm not a graduate student. Can I still participate?
  • Please see the image below for a summary. Please note that visiting scholars and post-docs do NOT need to register for course credit to participate, but they are not eligible to sign up for Tracks 1 or 4. You are welcome to email us at iae@ucdavis.edu with any questions you have or to schedule an appointment to meet with us to discuss your options.

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