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ERIC Number: ED423783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar-18
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Undergraduates' Assessment of International Teaching Assistants' Communicative Competence.
Oppenheim, Nancy
This study examined the communicative competence of 89 international teaching assistants (ITAs) based on evaluations by undergraduate students. The study was developed to answer two questions: (1) whether the Oral English Proficiency Test, administered by professionals in teaching English as a second language, is a valid instrument for screening potential ITAs; and (2) the extent to which ITAs' teaching effectiveness improved after attending a mandatory teaching seminar. To address the first question, undergraduates' assessments of ITAs' communicative competence was correlated with ITAs' scores on the Oral English Proficiency Test. To address the second question, ITAs were videotaped teaching lessons to undergraduates, both before and after the teaching seminar, and these tapes were evaluated by a panel of undergraduates. The study found a weak positive relationship between performance on the test and student evaluation of teaching effectiveness and linguistic skill. Undergraduates' evaluations of teaching effectiveness were significantly more positive when they viewed videotapes of ITAs' teaching after the ITA teaching seminar. Results suggest undergraduates' rating of actual teaching videotapes might be a more valid method of screening potential ITAs than the current English screening test. (Contains 16 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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