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Find out about CTE courses on teaching in higher education:

ALS 6015: Teaching in Higher Education
Focuses on effective teaching and professional development, including creation of an electronic portfolio that documents excellence in teaching and supports your application for future faculty positions.

ALS 6016: Teaching as Research in Higher Education
Focuses on the literature on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) and facilitates engagement in teaching as research, including an original research project.

The ITAP offers ALS 5780 to provide students with the opportunity to enhance their communication and teaching skills. ITAP course include small group seminars, bi-monthly conferences with instructors, audio journals, and teaching practicums.

Information on course registration.

Each course has three main components:

Oral Communication

The course offers ITAs the opportunity to develop and refine their oral communication through interactive activities that focus on interaction in authentic academic contexts. Areas of focus include:

  • Pronunciation of specific phonemes (vowel and consonant sounds).
  • Intonation and rhythm of American English.
  • Grammar and time frames.
  • Fluency and vocabulary development.
  • Culturally defined rhetorical and speech compensation strategies.

Cross-cultural Classroom Communication

The course focuses on issues related to teaching and learning in cross-cultural higher education settings (Cornell in particular). Areas of focus include:

  • Planning and presenting information clearly and effectively.
  • Developing interactive, student-led teaching strategies.
  • Managing a classroom.
  • Understanding issues related to diversity.
  • Seeking support in teaching situations.
  • Developing individual teaching philosophies and identities.

Teaching Techniques

The course offers ITAs the opportunity to integrate their communication and teaching skills through activities that take place in or approximate authentic academic contexts. These activities are designed to give ITAs “real-world” experience and include:

  • Video-taped micro-teaching presentations
  • Role-play scenarios
  • Discussion leading
  • Peer feedback opportunities
  • Classroom visits
  • Regular consultations with CTE Undergraduate Consultants.

Course Registration

The course is open to Graduate International Teaching Assistants with priority given based on immediacy of TA assignment. No course audits allowed.

Please note that spaces fill quickly, so early registration is encouraged.

Register for the ITAP course using student center.

Students required to take the course are expected to begin attending classes as from the first day of the semester.

If you are required to take this class and are not registered for a section, contact Kim Kenyon, kpk9@cornell.edu. Please be sure to include your name and netID.