Seminar for International Teaching Assistants (ITAs)
The Office of University Curriculum/General Education
offers the Seminar for ITAs, which 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.
ESL 6001/6002 intended for?
Any new or continuing graduate student for whom English is not their first language may apply, although the sequence is required for ITAs who will be responsible for undergraduate students taking General Education courses.
What does the seminar cover?
The main components of
ESL 6001/6002 include:
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.
- 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
- Pedagogical skills as relates to ITAs' professional environment, including
experiential training with presentation skills, classroom management, and classroom observations.
The required text for
both ESL 6001 and ESL 6002 is Communicate: Strategies for
International Teaching Assistants.
View the most recent semester's course syllabus for
ESL 6001-001, and
When are classes held?
Classes are held
four hours per week, and exact days and times for the
upcoming semester's course sections are listed on the
How do I enroll?
and submit the online Application Form, and you will
receive an e-mail response with more details regarding
registration procedure. If you do not receive an
e-mail response with more details regarding registration
procedure within one week, please re-send the form.
ESL 6002-701, Spring 2013
ESL 6002-702, Spring 2013