Orientation Information

Orientation is mandatory for completing UNIV400.

Orientation for UNIV 400 A/B/C (Graduate Teaching Assistant Professional Development Training)

-TA Manual Section

International and Domestic students:

If you missed our Graduate TA Professional Development Training Orientation on Friday, January 16, we are holding a make-up session, on Friday, January 23, 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in 204 Nord Hall. If you are an international student, please call 216.368.5230 to sign up for the Spoken English Test. Also plan on attending the January 23 orientation.

At this orientation, staff will explain the options for this training program (UNIV 400A/B/C) and will enroll students in their choice.

For international students, the Spoken English Test is scheduled for Tuesday, January 20, Wednesday, January 21, and Thursday, January 22, 2015. We can test from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will have sign-up sheets at the Orientation.

Pizza and bottled water will be served.

Questions: send an email to UNIV400@case.edu or call 216.368.5230.

Students will complete drop/add forms to register for UNIV 400 A when they attend the orientation. They should NOT register through SIS.

Students have two semesters to complete UNIV 400 A/B, meaning that students have fall and spring semesters to complete all six seminars. Seminars are not offered in the summer. Students receiving an incomplete should NOT re-register for the course. A P for passing (if the six seminars are attended) or an NP for not passing (if not all six seminars are attended) will be issued at the end of the student's second semester of enrollment.

International Students:

During the UNIV 400 orientation, international TAs will be asked to sign up for the CWRU Spoken English Test (SET). All testing will take place in Educational Services for Students (ESS), 470 Sears Building.

At the time of the SET, students are asked to bring their course schedules and the correct spelling of their advisor's name, email address, and phone number. SET test dates are the following:

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on January 20, 21, and 23

Students who do not pass the CWRU SET will be required to take one of three English-as-a-second-language courses: UNIV 402 A (focusing on pronunciation), UNIV 402 B (focusing on fluency), or UNIV 402 C (focusing on presentations).

Students will complete drop/add forms to register for UNIV 400 A and B when they attend the orientation. They cannot register through SIS.

Questions about the orientation, UNIV 400 A, UNIV 400 B, UNIV 400 C, and UNIV 402 A,B, and C, should be directed to Judith Olson-Hammer, Director of Educational Services for Students (ESS) and the professor for this TA training. Judith can be reached by calling 368.5230, emailing UNIV400@case.edu, or by stopping by ESS in Sears 470.

Students missing the orientation must attend the make-up session and to schedule a time for the SPEAK test, which is held in the ESS office, 470 Sears Building.

Course Outline

You have two semesters to complete UNIV 400 and all of its requirements.If you fail to do so, you will be given an incomplete (Rather than getting a passing or failing grade). This incomplete will be removed once you have completed the requirements in the second semester.

This will indicate what you need to receive a grade of Pass (P) for your UNIV 400 class.

Standard Track - UNIV 400 A/B

You will be signed up for UNIV 400A/B when you attend your Orientation Seminar. Once that is complete, you will receive emails about upcoming seminars. This course is essentially just that: a series of seminars. Four of these will be Core Seminars: you have to come to all of these, and all are offered multiple times throughout the semester. Finally, there are two Elective Seminars; you will attend two elective seminars of your choosing. That makes six seminars in total.

For all five seminars during the two semesters, be sure to register for the seminar on MyTATraining and bring your Case ID to the seminar.

Domestic Students (native speakers of English) - UNIV 400A

As a native speaker of English, you will enroll in UNIV 400A and complete the following requirements:

  1. TA Orientation
  2. Experiential Learning
  3. Wittke-Jackson
  4. Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Observation and Follow-up Meeting to Discuss the Observation
  6. Two Electives
International Students - UNIV 400B

As an International student, you will first take the CWRU Spoken English test to assess your proficiency with the spoken English you will need as a Teaching Assistant. Based on your spoken English, one of three recommendations will be made:

  1. If you are required to enroll in either UNIV 402A (emphasis on accent reduction) or UNIV 402B (emphasis on fluency), you will not enroll in UNIV 400B until you are given persmission by Judith Olson-Hammer.
  2. If you are required to enroll in UNIV 402C (emphasis on presentations), you may concurrently enroll in UNIV 400B.
  3. If you pass the CWRU Spoken English test, then you may enroll in UNIV 400B.
Future Professors Track - UNIV 400C

Training for graduate TAs who are planning to become professors: You will meet with Judith Olson-Hammer and invited guests for a discussion on six Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m, January 1/29 through February 6 OR February 12 through March 16. Students registering for UNIV 400C must be able to attend all six sessions and stay for the entire 90 minutes to receive credit. Pizza, salad, and a beverage will be provided. Students in these sessions will have reading assignments and weekly journals. Enrollment, which is limited to 15 students, is on a first-come, first-served basis. All students will be expected to participate fully in class discussions.

Students should email univ400c@case.edu to see if there are any spots open for this course.

The text for these sessions is How Learning Words: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, and Marie K. Norman. Students will be given this textbook prior to class.

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