GC 510: Oral Communication for ITAs

Course Information

What is GC 510?

GC 510 is a 3-credit course designed for current or prospective non-native English-speaking Teaching Assistants who want to communicate more clearly as instructors in the American college classroom.  This course provides students with oral communication and presentation strategies for classroom and laboratory contexts.  Students will practice teaching basic topics in their academic fields during video-recorded Microteaching Workshops, develop strategies for interacting successfully with their undergraduate students, and practice basic American English pronunciation features.

When does GC 510 meet?

This semester-long, synchronous online course meets twice a week:  1 weekly class session (1 hour 50 minutes, meeting times listed below) and 1 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.

In Spring 2022, 2 sections will be offered:

  • 10:00-11:50 AM on Wednesdays (CRN 44959) – hybrid schedule: some meetings are online and others are on campus
  • 1:00-2:50 PM on Wednesdays (CRN 44960) – hybrid schedule: some meetings are online and others are on campus

Specific workshop meeting times and locations will be decided after the Add/Drop Deadline has passed. We are still working on determining what the hybrid schedule will look like.

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 visual aids
  • asking effective questions
  • answering student questions
  • non-verbal communication
  • office hours
  • American university culture
  • classroom management
  • dealing with difficult students

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.