International Graduate TA Training

Overview

The purpose of UNIV 402 A, B and C is to provide practice with the level of spoken English needed in instructional settings. There are three levels of UNIV 402:

UNIV 402A: Professional Communication Skills (focusing on enhancing pronunciation skills and idiomatic language)

UNIV 402B: Focus on Fluency (focusing on fluency in spoken English)

UNIV 402C: Presentation Skills (focusing on presentation style)

UNIV 402 placement is determined by the Teaching Assistant's score on the Spoken English Placement Test.

Course Descriptions
UNIV 402A: PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS IN ENGLISH

Teaching Assistants enrolled in UNIV 402A will increase their ability to speak English clearly and navigate their informal speaking demands. Specifically, this class focuses on pronunciation skills, including vowels, consonants, syllable stress, word stress, and intonation. Students will learn vocabulary and idiomatic expressions that are applicable to academic, professional, and daily life contexts. Students will employ many of these pronunciation and language skills in their informal presentation assignments throughout the semester.

UNIV 402B: FOCUS ON FLUENCY

Teaching Assistants enrolled in UNIV 402B will increase their ability to speak English fluently and to listen more acutely within formal and informal contexts. Specifically, this course focuses on skills and strategies students need to function comfortably in the academic community as Teaching Assistants, as well as students and colleagues. Students will strengthen their skills by exploring scenarios that involve asking and answering questions, summarizing texts and explaining key terms, leading lab or classroom discussions, and other skills relevant to their academic, professional, and daily life contexts. Students will practice formal communication skills in their presentation assignments throughout the semester.

UNIV 402C: PRESENTATION SKILLS

Teaching Assistants enrolled in UNIV 402C will increase their ability to speak English fluently with advanced vocabulary in formal settings, with emphasis on presentation and instructional skills. Students in this class will improve their English skills to enhance their teaching assistant responsibilities, including listening attentively, reading critically, and and writing professional messages and abstracts. Assignments such as these will be applicable to students' academic communities and beyond, in their professional and daily life contexts. Students will practice their formal communication skills in their presentation assignments throughout the semester.
Note: students enrolled in UNIV 402C will also take UNIV 400B (TA training).

For more information, contact Elise Geither, Associate Director for Spoken English Programs, at 216.368.3790.