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 
    (
2016 version coming soon)

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.

2016 schedule

  • Highlighted group sessions and practice sessions are required for all participants.
  • Participants must do one 15-minute one-on-one assessment on Monday.
  • Participants must do two 30-minute individual session on Thursday and/or Friday. They must do both on Thursday, one on Thursday and one on Friday, or both on Friday.
  • 2016 Training Schedule - printable version

 

Mon. 8/29

Tues. 8/30

Wed. 8/31

Thur. 9/1

Fri. 9/2

8:00-
8:50

 

 

Group
Session

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

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

9:00-
9:50

 

 

Practice session

Small group teaching and self-evaluation

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

10:00-
10:50

 

 

Group
Session

Interactive teaching techniques: problem solving, discussion

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

11:00-11:50

 

 

 

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

12:00-
12:50

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:00-
1:50

Group
session

Overview of training

Homework assignments

Group
Session

Presentation techniques: Introductions, restatements, examples, & definitions

 

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

2:00-
2:50

Group
session

Analyzing classroom communication

Compensating for a nonnative accent

Practice
Session

1 on 1 teaching and self-evaluation

 

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

3:00-
3:50

Attend one 15 minute  one-on-one assessment

Group
session
Dealing with student questions: typical & difficult

 

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

4:00-
4:50

Attend one 15 minute  one-on-one assessment

Practice
session

Small group teaching and self-evaluation

 

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session

Attend one 30 minute individually scheduled session