Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Supporting English & Multi-Language Learners in Your Classroom: TAs and Students

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm


February 9
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Blackburn Room, Robarts Library 4th Floor – ELECTIVE

Kangbin Zhou, TATP Sciences Trainer
Cristina D’Amico, TATP Humanities Trainer

The number of international students and international TAs is at an all-time high and growing at the University of Toronto. Multi-language learners bring unique contributions to the classroom experience, but often face structural barriers that hinder their academic performance: communicating in class or performing well on written assignments. In addition, TAs receive minimal training for dealing effectively with MLL/ELL students. With this context in mind, the goal of this workshop is twofold: to support TAs working with MLL/ELL students, as well as to support TAs who are MLL/ELL. Drawing on pedagogical practices and individual student/TA experiences, this workshop will provide you with concrete strategies to overcome anxieties about language and/or cultural barriers in the classroom. We will discuss strategies for drawing on diverse experiences and language backgrounds in the classroom, helping us to reframe language and cultural diversity as a teaching strength. Finally, we will broaden participants’ awareness of the resources available across UofT to support ELL/MLL students and TAs (including the Communication Cafe, ELL resource website, ELWS, WIT program, Read to Write Program, and the Centre for International Students).

REGISTRATION IS FULL. If you have any questions, please contact services.ta@utoronto.ca.