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INTL 1820: Classroom Communication Skills for International Teaching Assistants is a course designed to improve the classroom communication skills of international Graduate Teaching Assistants (ITAs). It is also open to visiting scholars with teaching assignments.
The course provides instruction in classroom language skills, cultural issues, and teaching techniques. Students are videotaped several times during the semester presenting mini-lectures from their own fields. Each student then meets individually with the instructor to review the videotape for analysis and feedback. This course is offered during the fall and spring semesters. It meets twice a week for a total of three hours.
As a follow-up to the ITA training course, instructors in the ESL Program will visit classes or labs taught by students who have completed INTL 1820. These classroom observations are voluntary and may be requested by the student. The ESL instructor will visit the class, provide immediate feedback via a feedback form, then meet with the ITA to discuss the observation and to make recommendations.
Auburn University requires that an international teaching assistant, in order to assume primary classroom teaching responsibilities, obtain a score of 50 on the SPEAK Test. (This is a version of the Test of Spoken English - TSE - provided by the Educational Testing Service for use by universities.)
A student who scores between 40 and 50 on the SPEAK Test and who has successfully completed INTL 1820 may be assigned primary teaching responsibilities with the recommendation of the Director of the ESL Program.
Last Updated: February 27, 2012