ERIC Number: ED390313
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Mar-29
The ITA Trainer: Advocate or Adversary.
de Berly, Geraldine
This paper examines the role of international teaching assistant (ITA) trainers within American universities, focusing on their interaction with university administrators, faculty, and students. Through the presentation of research findings and scenarios, it argues that administrators often blame ITA trainers when a problem arises between an ITA and a faculty member or student, and that faculty use ITA trainers as stopgaps for unqualified ITAs. Faculty also criticize ITA trainers when they are frustrated by unfavorable ITA screening results. Students rail at ITA trainers for allowing certain ITAs into the classroom, especially those with less-than-fluent English language skills, while the ITAs themselves sometimes view the trainers as impediments to their careers or livelihoods. The paper concludes that the successful ITA trainer needs to be an effective fundraiser, reference writer, ITA advocate, and department head adversary. (Contains 14 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; 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 (Long Beach, CA, March 29, 1995).