International Teaching Assistants
The Center for Teaching (CFT) works closely with the English Language Center (ELC) to assist and support international graduate students as they prepare for and begin their teaching duties at Vanderbilt. Resources and programs described on this page are specifically designed for those international teaching assistants (ITAs) for whom English is not their first language and who have not completed a baccalaureate degree at an institution where English is the language of instruction. Our FAQ page answers many commonly asked questions about International TAs – both from departments and from ITAs.
Orientation for International TAs
International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) in all departments should attend Teaching Assistant Orientation if they will assume teaching duties during their first year at Vanderbilt.
For Fall semester 2012, international teaching assistants (ITAs) will be assessed for English-language proficiency by the VU English Language Center (ELC) on Tuesday or Wednesday, August 14-15.
A VU department representative may register an ITA for the language assessment, or the ITA may do so individually, by accessing the online sign-up form. ITAs at Vanderbilt University may be evaluated for English language proficiency at the request of their departments or by self-selection. The evaluation process is designed to determine whether an ITA has the high level of communication skills needed to carry out TA responsibilities.
ITAs at Vanderbilt University may be evaluated for English Language proficiency at the request of their departments or by self-selection. ITAs may be assessed throughout their time at VU depending on how their role as ITAs and department needs may change. The evaluation process is designed to determine whether an ITA has the high level of communication skills needed to carry out their TA responsibilities.