ITA Workshops & Seminars

Classroom Vocabulary and Idioms: Workshop (1 session)

Description

This workshop will focus on vocabulary, idioms, and two-word verbs that are common in university classrooms. We will also focus on saying students’ (and professors’ and fellow graduate students’) names as clearly as possible. Students who come to the workshop will participate in activities and interact with each other as we review this useful vocabulary for international TAs and graduate students.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, November 14

2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

1352 The Grove (Surge III) 

Using a Whiteboard Effectively: Workshop (1 session)

Description

The whiteboard can be a really helpful classroom tool, especially for teachers who are non-native English speakers. In this workshop, participants will learn strategies for using a whiteboard effectively while teaching to help improve student comprehension and learning. Each participant will have the opportunity to practice these strategies.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, November 28

2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

1352 The Grove (Surge III) 

Peaks & Valleys: Workshop (1 session)

Description

In this workshop, participants will learn the special intonation that academic presenters need to make complex grammar, word strings, and multi-syllabic words comprehensible to the audience.  Attendees will learn about intonation principles and practice them.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Thursday, November 8

2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

1353 The Grove (Surge III) 

Linking Sounds: Workshop (1 session)

Description

In this workshop, participants will learn how words are linked together in English.  Attendees will study consonant-vowel and vowel-to-vowel links, practice links, and improve their listening comprehension.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Thursday, November 15

2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

1352 The Grove (Surge III) 

Focus on Grammar: Seminar (3 sessions)

Description

In this seminar, students will work on improving their control and accuracy of grammatical forms. Topics covered will be based entirely on the needs of the students attending the workshop, but possible topics include passive voice, verb tenses, nouns and articles, conditionals, and clauses. Prior to the first session, participants will complete a survey to determine their needs and the topics covered in the seminar. Time will be spent reviewing form and use of different grammatical forms with lots of practice and feedback.

TA Communication Skills: Seminar (6 sessions)

Description

In this seminar, participants will work on the skills they’ll need to be effective communicators in different situations they will encounter as graduate students and TAs.

Participants will learn strategies for building rapport with students, leading discussion sections, handling student questions, modifying language for the situation, and creating inclusive classrooms. They will also have the opportunity to practice these strategies with undergraduate students during the seminar.

Making Presentations: Seminar (3 sessions)

Description

In this seminar, students will build the skills to deliver effective presentations. Topics covered include organization, visual aids, audience, audience questions, and more. Participants will also practice making presentations in front of an audience and have the opportunity to do a recorded presentation. Students will receive feedback and coaching from other participants and the instructor.

Mastering American English Pronunciation: Seminar (5 sessions)

Description

In this seminar, students will learn about the rules and conventions of American English pronunciation. The first two weeks will focus on individual consonant and vowel sounds in English and help participants to distinguish between those sounds when listening and produce them when speaking. Later weeks build on this foundation and address syllable stress, sentence stress, and intonation.

Fall 2018 Schedule

Tuesdays: October 2, October 9, October 16, October 23, October 30

2:10 - 4:00 p.m.

1360 The Grove (Surge III)