The International Teaching Assistant
Program is an orientation and instructional program for prospective International Teaching Assistants (ITAs).
The Learning Resources Center, in conjunction with the
Graduate School, and the
Office of International Education Services conducts an annual workshop that takes place in mid-August.
ITAs are given the opportunity to obtain housing, social security cards and banking accounts, as well as find
out what is involved in renting an apartment.
Prospective ITAs are tested for their oral English proficiency in order to assume classroom duties. (ITAs sign
up for this test during the week of the workshop.) The ITA test consists of a brief interview, mock lesson
presentation, class announcement, and questions and answers that students typically ask in class. The ITA Test
is also administered in mid-January for those ITAs being considered for teaching positions for the Spring semester.
During the academic year, LRC 115 (Advanced Diction) is offered for
those ITAs that scored a 2+ or above on the ITA Test. This class is designed for those students that have good
basic communication skills, but need to refine their pronunciation and academic presentation skills. LRC 115
also includes work in teaching: teaching styles, learning styles, lesson planning and presentation, and dealing
with students in class and out of class. Students practice teaching by presenting lessons to the class. These
lessons are videotaped and reviewed with each student by the instructor. LRC 115 is offered both Fall and Spring
Those ITAs who score 2 or below on the ITA Test are recommended to take more basic English classes through the
English Language Center (ELC). While there is a fee for these classes, taking them is required by the University
and is recommended for eventually passing the ITA Test, as well as improving English language skills for success
at an American university.
Frequently Asked Questions about ITAP.
For information about the ITA Program, contact John Rollins.