INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANT TEST
Individuals scoring 21 or below on the speaking section of the iBT, or 6.5 or below on the speaking portion of the IELTS can consider enrolling in GRAD 5082* to prepare for the ITA examination. GRAD 5082* is a two credit hour, letter graded course.
GRAD 5082* ITA Training - Oral Proficiency. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Communication strategies and oral skills necessary for international teaching assistants. This course focuses on academic spoken language. By focusing on the language of academic interactions both in and out of the classroom, the course helps non-native speakers of English to acquire the communication skills they will need to participate successfully in university interactions with instructors and fellow students.
Students who earn a "B" grade are eligible to take the ITA exam. Courses may not be used on a student's plan of study to fulfill minimal degree requirements. *Previously offered as GRAD 5981. This course is eligible for the graduate assistantship tuition waiver program.
Individuals who are assigned to instructional duties and who receive a provisional pass on the ITA examination must enroll in GRAD 5092*. The two credit hour, letter graded course emphasizes language and teaching skills specifically related to classroom management, such as asking and answering questions appropriately, preparing and using visuals, appropriate levels of language, and techniques to improve total comprehensibility. As part of the class work for this course, students prepare various types of presentations which they give to the class and which may be video-taped. The instructor and the student view the tapes together in individual tutorials.
GRAD 5092* ITA Training - Presentation Skills. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Prepares students for the ITA test. Topics include communication strategies, organization of topic, presentation skills. Students will practice making presentations in class.
Students who earn a "B" grade are eligible to take the ITA exam. Course may not be used on a student's plan of study to fulfill minimal degree requirements. *Previously offered as GRAD 5991. This course is eligible for the graduate assistantship tuition waiver program.