ERIC Number: ED274190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Training Foreign Teaching Assistants: Using Videotape to Observe and Practice Communicating and Interacting with Students.
Foreign graduate students who have reached an advanced level in a specific discipline may be able to explain that subject's intricacies with ease but may have difficulty in speaking comprehensibly, explaining clearly, and understanding students easily while leading an undergraduate discussion section. Harvard University offers a program to help foreign teaching assistants become more competent and confident in the American classroom. Program participants discuss their own teaching experience, assumptions about good teaching, and the value of communicating with students and using a more interactive style of teaching. Through viewing and discussing selected examples of videotaped classes, foreign teaching assistants can observe and discuss with professionals a wide variety of teaching styles that are well received by American students. The foreign students come to sense the expectations teachers and students have of each other, which eases communication and contributes to their overall teaching effectiveness. The teaching assistants also view videotapes of their own teaching and discussion leading, and are able to review the structure, content, and delivery of their presentations and gain support from their peers. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: On TESOL '84. A Brave New World for TESOL. Selected Papers from the Annual Convention of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (18th, Houston, Texas, March 6-11, 1984); see FL 016 005.