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Working with Your International TAs

Colleges and universities attract a diverse group of pupils, and sometimes that includes teaching assistants (TA) from other countries. Using a handout on working with international TAs, scholars find tips to use when listening and talking to these individuals. Although the handout is part of a series on specific writing assignments, the tips focus more on communication strategies than writing skills.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Role play delivering key information using different accents (in a humorous, but respectful way)
  • Go over strategies for politely sharing problems with people
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes students are enrolled in a course at the college level with an international TA 
Pros
  • Promotes politeness and understanding
  • Addresses common issues non-native speakers face
Cons
  • Fails to provide additional steps to take if the strategies in the post don't work