International Teaching Assistant Program
Supporting you as international graduate students on your path to success in teaching and in your studies at Cornell. Quick facts about ITAP.
What is the International Teaching Assistant Program?
The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) supports international graduate students on the path to success in their work as teaching assistants at Cornell.
ITAP includes three components:
- language assessments to determine whether students are prepared to serve as teaching assistants
- a summer program for new students needing assistance before beginning work as teaching assistants in the Fall semester
- ALS 5780, which offers opportunities to improve language proficiency in an experiential class environment
The Office of the Provost has established the requirement that all first-time teaching assistants from a country where English is not the first language must demonstrate English-language oral proficiency through a language assessment.
The ITAP language assessments are based on the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the same tool used by our Ivy League peer institutions. Students who have earned a TOEFL iBT speaking score of 28 or higher or an IELTS speaking score of 8.5 or higher are generally exempt from further requirements.
Through the language assessment, a majority of students successfully meet the oral English proficiency expectations for teaching assistants established by the Office of the Provost, and move on directly
to their TA assignments. For students who need additional support, the ITAP team offers several free services.
Assessments are offered four times per year in August, December, January, and May. Please see the language assessments page for scheduling details.
The International Teaching Assistant Summer Program will take place August 5-13, 2020.
As part of the university's coordinated response to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 summer program will be held online.
Time: Event details coming soon
ALS 5780 is offered Fall and Spring semesters. The course is open to graduate International Teaching Assistants, with priority based on the immediacy of the TA assignment.
Time: Section times vary. See the Cornell class roster for the desired term
Additional support is always available; please contact ITAP for further information or with any questions.