English Language Skills for International Teaching Assistants (GAS 600)

Course Description

For prospective International Teaching Assistants seeking English fluency certification, this course emphasizes the development of oral academic discourse skills and practices prominent features of spoken English that promote successful communication in academic settings, including intelligibility, active listening skills, and grammar. Through this course, students will learn, develop, and practice strategies to:

  • Effectively interact with others during class activities
  • Organize information in a clear manner
  • Achieve communicative effectiveness in control of grammatical structures, selection of vocabulary, and accuracy of pronunciation

Materials

This course makes use of How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles from Smart Teaching by Ambrose et al., 2010. You will also need your own 4GB SD Card and a 3 month subscription to Pronunciation Power. All other course materials will be provided on the course website. 

Grading

Throughout the 16-week course students will perform a variety of ongoing tasks to improve English vocabulary, communication, listening, and speaking skills.  Students will also complete five presentations over the course.  Presentation topics include: leading a group discussion, describing a visual, defining a term, explaining a process, and fielding questions.  

Course Times

GAS 600 is offered in the fall semester.  It usually meets Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:00-4:30 PM.

Registration

Registration is by permit only and can be completed by contacting Ms. Elizabeth Gillstrom at egill@sas.upenn.edu.