For Teaching Assistant Coordinators/Developers
Fall 2016 University-wide TA Orientation
University-wide TA Orientation: Monday and Tuesday, August 15 and 16, 2016 (9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. the first day, 9:00 a.m. until noon the second day). All newly appointed domestic and international TAs are required to complete the two-day orientation as part of their employment contract. The orientation includes small-group sessions on modes of teaching as well as plenary sessions on institutional policies and campus resources.
International TA Pre-Orientation: Thursday, August 11, 2016 (8:15 a.m. until mid afternoon). This one-day additional pre-orientation is for all new TAs who are classified as international and are new to the higher-education classroom in the United States.
International TA Language Screenings: Friday, August 12, 2016 (by pre-arranged appointments beginning at 9:00 a.m.). All Teaching Assistants whose native or primary language is not English are required to participate in language screenings. Times of screenings are arranged by the TA's department.
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Questions about TA Orientation registration? Contact Erin Shoot at email@example.com or 859-257-4137.
Questions about orientation policies and content? Contact Dr. Morris Grubbs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 859-257-9725.
PowerPoint slides from previous Orientation are available here.
PowerPoint slides from previous International TA Pre-Orientation are here.
Language Screening is a way to assure that International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) have the needed English language abilities to present information, read, and interact successfully with undergraduate students at the University of Kentucky. It does not screen for teaching ability.
To learn more about the language screenings, see http://www.research.uky.edu/gs/StudentDevelopment/TA_ITA_language.html. This link includes general information about the screening process, general tips for success, and a list of frequently asked questions about the screenings.
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