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ERIC Number: ED416712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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An Investigation of the Effectiveness of Foreign Language Training Programs for TAs: An Exploratory Study.
Moore, Zena T.; Bresslau, Barbara
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v2 n2 Sum 1996
A study investigated the effectiveness of training programs for teaching assistants (TAs) in language courses at the University of Texas at Austin. The programs provided for these students, offered through various language departments, are designed to introduce the most important teaching methodologies and provide opportunities for TAs to gain teaching experience under close supervision. A survey of 33 TAs elicited biographical information, responses to the training, and perceptions of the characteristics of effective teaching. Results indicated an overall awareness among TAs of the importance of teacher training, and most agreed the programs did provide some training and gave necessary theoretical background and tools to understand their assignments. However, many wanted a more practical approach to teacher training, including more observation and feedback. Based on these findings and previous research, characteristics of an effective training program for language department TAs are outlined, and the importance of training is underlined. Contains 37 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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