Seminar for International Teaching Assistants
All International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) at FAU must demonstrate specific standards of language proficiency in order to begin classroom instruction and in order to maintain eligibility for tuition and stipend benefits. The Seminar for International Teaching Assistants (SITA) prepares ITAs to achieve and maintain these standards. SITA is a collaboration between the Graduate College, Center for Global Engagement, and the Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature (LLCL).
SITA prepares international graduate students to teach/assist with the instruction of certain undergraduate courses at FAU. Such preparation includes developing an understanding of the teaching role in American university classrooms, training in English pronunciation and intonation, practicing classroom communication skills, and learning teaching strategies.
All International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must attend the SITA course and successfully pass a Panel Presentation prior to beginning their teaching assignments.
All international TAs must enroll in the SITA course. The course is offered in the fall and spring semesters. To register for the SITA training, click here.
Spring 2018 Schedule
Spring 2018: January 2nd - January 5th
International TAs must plan to arrive at FAU no later than Tuesday, January 2nd in order to participate in SITA and other mandatory university and departmental sessions during Orientation Week.
SITA Panel Presentation Preparatory Session: Wednesday, January 3rd from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. or from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. (DP49, Center for Global Engagement, Conference Room)
SITA Panel Presentation: Friday, January 5th starting at 3:45 p.m. (GS 109, following Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation)
For more information, contact Damara Martin at email@example.com.
Other orientation sessions:
Departmental-Specific Orientation (students should check with their specific departments)
The SITA course begins during the second week of classes each fall and spring. A final schedule will be posted no later than January 2, 2018.
Course attendance is mandatory. Students are expected to be punctual and attend all sessions. Student whose attendance, participation, or performance falls below minimum standards may be dropped from the program.
For questions regarding SITA, please contact Ms. Damara Martin, SITA Instructor & Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some students may be eligible to waive participation in the SITA program, and can make this request by completing the Request to Waive SITA Training.
Deadline to submit the SITA waiver for Spring 2018: Thursday, January 4th before 5 p.m. No exceptions.
1) Language Proficiency (check at least one of the following criteria):
___ iBT TOEFL composite score of 80+ with a minimum score of 26 in the speaking section, OR
___ A minimum score of 7 on the IELTS test, OR
___ Studied and received bachelor’s degree or higher from an institution of higher education with the primary medium of instruction in English
2) SITA Orientation & Panel Presentation:
In addition to the language proficiency, ITAs must complete a SITA training session and complete a panel presentation during Orientation Week in order to qualify for the waiver. Students who are unable to attend these sessions must attend the SITA course regardless of language proficiency scores.
Two SITA presentation preparatory sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 3rd, from 12 pm to 12:45 pm and from 1 pm to 1:45 pm in the Center for Global Engagement (DP49) Conference Room. If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please email Ms. Damara Martin at email@example.com to make different arrangements.
The SITA panel presentations will be held on Friday, January 5th starting at 3:45 pm (location GS 109).
3) Departmental Recommendation:
The academic department chair must sign the SITA Waiver Form to recommend the waiver.