ERIC Number: ED207100
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Format and Evaluation of the Cross-Cultural Component of a Foreign Teaching Assistant Training Program.
Dege, Dolores Bolon
This report describes a classroom communication training program for foreign teaching assistants (FTAs) developed at the University of Minnesota in response to evidence that the FTAs were the subject of criticism and complaints because of poor communication abilities in their classes. The first two sections of the paper discuss the background to the project and the design and development of the course. The third section reports the results of the FTAs' evaluation of the cross-cultural component of the program during the first year of the course, including the 12 questions on the survey. This is followed by a section describing the subsequent changes implemented in the program, and the results of the FTAs' evaluation of the cross-cultural component of the program for the second year. The paper concludes with a summary of the two evaluations, discussing the factors responsible for the more favorable second-year evaluation and presenting some suggestions for further changes in the format of the course. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intercultural Communication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (31st, Minneapolis, MN, May 21-25, 1981).