ERIC Number: ED199994
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
A Language Skills Orientation Program for Foreign Teaching Assistants and Graduate Students.
Brinton, Donna; Gaskill, William
A one-week orientation program designed to increase the effectiveness of foreign teaching assistants (FTA) is described. As the program developed, a decision was made to include non-FTAs with the result that the English language proficiency of the participants covered a wide range and the objectives of the program were mixed. Because of the inclusion on non-FTAs, the focus of the program was expanded to address both the academic needs of the graduate students and the teaching-oriented needs of the FTAs. Oral and listening skills were emphasized as well as presentation techniques and communication strategies. Methodology involved extensive use of videotape recordings to help students improve their oral presentation techniques and their note-taking and test-taking skills. Other exercises during the week focused on group interaction, grammar, and program evaluation. One conclusion regarding the one-week program was that its greatest value lay in the opportunity it provided foreign students to meet each other. (AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Dept. of English.
Note: In its Workpapers in Teaching English as a Second Language, Volume XIII, p49-68, Dec 1979.