English as a Second Language

Seminar for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs)

The Seminar for ITAs is comprised of two one-semester courses: ESL 6001 and ESL 6002. ESL 6001, which is offered only in the fall term, is recommended as a prerequisite for ESL 6002, which is offered in the spring. Both courses are free of charge, non-credit bearing, and will appear on your transcript as Pass or Fail.

Who is ESL 6001/6002 intended for?6002 Spring 2017

The sequence is required for ITAs who will be responsible for undergraduate students taking University Curriculum/GEC courses.  In addition, new or continuing graduate student for whom English is not their first language may apply.

What does the seminar cover?

The main concepts of ESL 6001/6002 include:

  • Language skills, including speaking fluency, pronunciation, listening, vocabulary, and some reading/writing;
  • Cross-cultural communication within the American classroom, including American classroom culture, the U.S. system of education, and American idioms and colloquial speech;
  • Pedagogical skills as relates to ITAs' professional environment, including experiential training with presentation skills, classroom management, and classroom observations.

The primary goal of ESL 6001 is to develop oral/aural communication skills pertinent to the ITA experience, while ESL 6002 focuses more on ITA-related teaching methodology through case studies and micro-teaching exercises. In addition to in-class instruction, students are provided periodic out-of-class individual consultations on their pronunciation and presentation skills.

The required text for both ESL 6001 and ESL 6002 is Communicate: Strategies for International Teaching Assistants.

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When are classes held?

Classes are held for four hours per week, and exact days and times for the upcoming semester's course selections are listed on the online ITA Seminar Application Form.

Application: Enrollment in the ITA Seminar is restricted, so please submit the online ITA Seminar Application Form to secure the necessary ESL Class Permission.

How do I enroll?

Complete and submit the online ITA Seminar Application Form, and you will receive an email response with further information on the course and instructions on how to enroll.