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Information for Teaching Assistants

University Regulations for Graduate Teaching Assistants

See the UGA Center For Teaching and Learning website for the complete and most up-to-date TA Policy.

TA Preparation Courses

GTAs and GLAs who have no prior successful teaching experience at the college level in the United States must enroll in LLED 7768, LLED 7769 or GRSC 7770 before they are given any responsibility for a course.  The Mathematics Department offers discipline specific sections of GRSC 7770.

LLED (formerly ELAN) – Levels 1 and 2 are designed specifically for non-English speaking teaching assistants.

LLED 7768 Level One 

The class is designed to improve the classroom communication of international teaching assistants through English as a Second Language training. Sessions include:

  1. Diagnosis of language problems
  2. Structured opportunities to improve language proficiency
  3. Practice with the English sound symbol system
  4. Work on word stress and sentence stress production
  5. Review of question forms and intonation patterns
  6. Practice of vowels and consonants
  7. Fluency exercises

LLED 7769 Level Two

The class is designed to improve the ability of international teaching assistants to communicate effectively within the cultural context of the University of Georgia classroom.  Sessions include:

  1. Diagnosis of communication problems
  2. Techniques to establish rapport with students
  3. Demonstrations of effective teaching strategies
  4. Discussions of classroom management procedures
  5. Tips on how to lead discussion sessions, plan lessons, evaluate and advise students
  6. Observation and practice of effective teaching communication strategies
  7. Practice giving directions, explanations, and short lectures

GRSC 7770 Level Three

(Can be used for Certificate in University Teaching) 

The class is designed to prepare teaching assistants for their role in the University of Georgia classroom and for potential careers involving instruction at other institutions.  Sessions include:

  1. Techniques to organize and effectively conduct the first class meeting of a course
  2. Discussion of the range of options for dealing effectively with students and classroom problems
  3. Practice in planning, organizing and presenting a good lecture
  4. Tips on conducting and managing class discussions
  5. Discussion of good test design and valid evaluation
  6. Methods to evaluate one's own teaching
  7. Techniques to design and use a variety of teaching methods
  8. Presentations of the major sources of information that relate to the instructional policies and procedures at the University of Georgia
  9. Opportunities to document the graduate teaching experience via the teaching portfolio
  10. Guidance in developing a teaching project for the Certificate in University Teaching

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