International Graduate Teaching Assistants
Fall 2013: August 14, 15, 20, 21; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (please call or email to make appointment)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The University of Louisville requires all international graduate teaching assistants IGTAs, with the exception of those teaching a foreign language, to demonstrate proficiency in the English language before they begin their teaching assignments as graduate teaching assistants. Questions may be directed to the Intensive English Language Program (IESL) office at 852-5901.
What are these evaluations?
The English proficiency evaluation consists of a 20-minute teaching demonstration typical of a teaching assignment for a class which you are to teach. The evaluators may ask you some questions, so you should be prepared to explain or further clarify. You may want to consult with your GTA advisor in selecting your topic.
When do the evaluations occur?
You must schedule your teaching demonstration by making an appointment with the IESL office. Please email our office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Nancy Henry at 852-5901. IGTA schedules for Fall 2013 are Wednesday, August 14, Thursday, August 15, Tuesday, August 20, and Wednesday, August 21, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Please call or email to make appointments.
May I use equipment in the teaching demonstration?
A blackboard, overhead projector, and equipment for PowerPoint (laptop and projector) will be available for your use. Please be aware that the time allotted for the presentation is 20 minutes. If you do bring additional equipment, it should require minimal set-up time. Also, some departments restrict the equipment. For example, Math department IGTAs cannot use Powerpoint and are encouraged to use the blackboard. Please check with your advisor.
Please keep in mind that it is your oral proficiency in the language that is being evaluated. Equipment and slides should supplement your presentation, not be the presentation.
How will I be evaluated?
Evaluators will be looking for evidence of effective communication skills, including, but not limited to, the following:
clarity of presentation, information, and/or explanations
ability to understand and respond to questions
How will I know the results?
The evaluation report is sent to your graduate advisor. Reports are also copied to the Dean and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, the unit dean, and your department chair.
What happens if I do not receive a satisfactory evaluation?
If you do not demonstrate a sufficient level of English proficiency, your department and the Graduate School will determine the next best course of action. You may be re-evaluated at the request of your department.
Do IGTAs need to be re-evaluated every year?
No. IGTAs must provide a satisfactory teaching demonstration only once before they begin their teaching assignments.