Graduate Assistant Training

Photo of WMU international graduate assistants.This training is for international graduate assistants who will be teaching or working with undergraduate students at Western Michigan University. 

 2015 Graduate Assistant Training Manual

The training offers participants:

  • An orientation to classroom communication dynamics for teaching North American undergraduate students.
  • Training in compensating for non-native American English pronunciation.
  • Six separate opportunities to practice effective classroom presentation.
  • Feedback from both peers and experienced University instructors.

2015 schedule

  • Group sessions and practice sessions are required for all participants.
  • Participants are required to complete two, 30-minute individual sessions. Both can be on Thursday afternoon, both on Friday, or one on Thursday afternoon and one on Friday.

Time

Monday
8/31

Tuesday
9/1

Wednesday
9/2

Thursday
9/3

Friday
9/4

8 to 8:50 a.m.

   

Group session

Presentation techniques: Introductions, restatements, examples, and definitions

Group session

Dealing with common problems: students talk, students complain, students cheat

Attend one
30-minute individually scheduled session

9 to 9:50 a.m.

   

Practice session

One-on-one teaching and self-evaluation

Practice session

Small group teaching and self-evaluation

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session 

10 to 10:50 a.m.

   

Group session

Dealing with student questions: typical and difficult

Group session

Interactive teaching techniques: problem solving, discussion

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session

11 to 11:50 a.m.

     

Practice session

Small group teaching and self-evaluation

Attend one
30-minute individually scheduled session 

12 to 12:50 p.m.

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1 to 1:50 p.m.

Group session

Overview of training
homework assignments
   

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled
session

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session

2 to 2:50
p.m.

Group session

Analyzing classroom communication, compensating for a non-native accent

   

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled
session

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session

3 to 3:50 p.m.

Attend one 15-minute, one-on-one assessment

   

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled
session

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session

4 to 4:50 p.m.

 
Attend one 15-minute, one-on-one assessment
   

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled
session

Attend one 
30-minute individually scheduled session

 2014 Training Manual