GC 510: Communication and Teaching Methods for ITAs

Did you miss our GC 510 Informational Session on Zoom?

Click the button below to view the video recording of GC 510 Informational Session A (on 7/29).  If you have any questions after watching the video, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us by emailing itap@uic.edu.

Watch GC 510 Fall 2020 Info Session Recording

Course Information

What is GC 510?

GC 510 is a 3-credit course designed for current or prospective international teaching assistants who want to communicate more clearly as instructors in the American college classroom.  Students will practice teaching basic topics in their academic fields during Microteaching Workshops, develop language-compensation strategies for interacting with undergraduates, and practice basic American English pronunciation features.  This course will be offered entirely online for Fall 2020.

When does GC 510 meet?

This semester-long, online course meets twice a week:  one weekly class session (1 hour 50 minutes, meeting times listed below) and one weekly Microteaching Workshop (50 minutes, exact times will be determined based on enrolled students’ availability).  The course is offered during both Fall and Spring semesters, and it will be offered fully online for Fall 2020.

In Fall 2020, 5 synchronous online sections will be offered:

  • 10:00-11:50 AM on Wednesdays (CRN 38512)
  • 1:00-2:50 PM on Wednesdays (CRN 38518)
  • 10:00-11:50 AM on Thursdays (CRN 38517)
  • 2:00-3:50 PM on Thursdays (CRN 38516)
  • 1:00-2:50 PM on Fridays (CRN 38513)

Course Objectives

This course is designed to help students to:

  • Improve their overall ability to communicate in English in an academic setting
  • Develop presentation skills for the classroom or lab
  • Improve their pronunciation in classroom settings and student interactions
  • Better understand the cultural aspects of American universities
  • Complete the oral English certification process (if needed)

Course Topics (subject to change)

  • pronunciation basics
  • using visuals (making handouts and using the whiteboard)
  • asking effective questions
  • answering student questions
  • body language
  • office hours
  • American university culture
  • classroom management

GC 510 Student Testimonials

This course impact positively on my teaching abilities.  I have now much better idea how to come up with the expectation of American students.

So much confidence gain from this course.

The impact was tremendous because I have no idea about American classroom before and this class give me lots of useful hints to be a successful TA.

Now, I prepare not only for the course content, but also to maintain a better teacher-student relationship within the class, so that they pay more and more attention to class.  My teacher was a great role model for me.