ERIC Number: ED321535
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
International Teaching Assistants: A Review of Research.
Nelson, Gayle L.
In 1982 K. M. Bailey cautioned that the development of training programs for international teaching assistants (ITAs) had preceded any systematic investigations of problems associated with ITAs. This article responds to Bailey's call by systematically reviewing available research in three critical areas of ITA-student interactions, namely: (1) ITA pronunciation; (2) effective ITA teaching behavior; and (3) intercultural communication. These studies indicate that ITA pronunciation has been overemphasized as both the cause of and the solution to ITA-student misunderstandings. It was also found that American college students prefer ITAs who use interactive and interpersonal teaching behaviors, and who talk about their native culture in class. (Author/JL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (24th, San Francisco, CA, March 6-10, 1990).