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 and the Center for Global Engagement through the Intensive English Institute.

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 new international TAs must enroll in the SITA course. You are a new International TA if this is the first time you have a GTA position with FAU, regardless of whether this is your first semester at FAU. The course is offered in the fall and spring semesters.

The Fall 2019 SITA course begins on Monday, August 26 and ends October 4; this is a self-paced, six module course. At the end of the course, you will have to complete a 15-minute classroom lesson presentation. The presentation will be completed in person, in front of a faculty panel.

The course will be delivered online via CANVAS. To register for the CANVAS online module, please email Ms. Shellie Donow (, the SITA instructor.

As a supplement to the online course, Ms. Donow will be available to meet with you in person. Her office is located in DP49, Center for Global Engagement. Below are the meeting times and dates:

Monday, September 9 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, September 16 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, September 23 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Monday, September 30 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


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. Submit the waiver to Dr. Mihaela Metianu at

Deadline to submit the SITA waiver  is Monday, August 30, 2019.


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) Departmental Recommendation:

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


 Last Modified 8/22/19