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 2019 Schedule

Orientation Week:
January 4-January 8th, 2019

International TAs must plan to arrive at FAU no later than Thursday, January 3rd in order to participate in SITA and other mandatory university and departmental sessions during Orientation Week.

SITA Panel Presentation Preparatory Session: Friday, January 4th  from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (DP49, Center for Global Engagement, Conference Room)

SITA Panel Presentation: Monday, January 7th starting at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Christina Cavage at

Other orientation sessions:

Graduate Student Orientation

International Student Orientation

Graduate Teaching Orientation

Departmental-Specific Orientation (students should check with their specific departments)

Course Schedule

The SITA course begins Monday, January 28th and concludes on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Spring 2019 schedule:

Mondays: 2-4 p.m. 

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. Christina Cavage, Intensive English Institute Director (


SITA  Waiver

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. After completing the request, you may waive either via Skype during the month of December, or in-person during orientation week. To schedule a Skype Interview for a waiver, contact Christina Cavage at

Deadline to submit the SITA waiver for Spring 2019: Friday, January 11th. No exceptions.


Eligibility Criteria:

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 Friday, January 4th  from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. or from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. (DP49, Center for Global Engagement, Conference Room)

The SITA panel presentations will be held on: Monday, January 7th starting at 3:30 p.m. (DP49, Center for Global Engagement, following Graduate Teaching Assistant Orientation)

3) Departmental Recommendation:

The academic department chair must sign the SITA Waiver Form to recommend the waiver.


 Last Modified 11/28/18