Summer Program

What is the summer program?

The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Summer Program to support incoming international students who speak English as an additional language and who have teaching assistantships for the fall semester. It offers a high level of individual guidance, small group sessions, and activities designed to help students familiarize themselves to Cornell’s campus and culture. Students will have the opportunity to refine their oral communication and teaching skills, as well as to critically examine the impact of culture on teaching and learning.

Students who are invited to join the summer program will participate in a Language Assessment and, depending on the results of the assessment, may be assigned to ALS 5780 for additional support to accelerate their success. Summer program participants are also encouraged to explore and use the directed practice resource we have developed.

When is the summer program?

Dates: August 4 - 12, 2021

2021 Summer program schedule overview (click to view)

2021 Summer program schedule
(additional details in your welcome materials)

Description Modality Dates

Getting Started

  • Program overview (what to expect this week in the summer program)
  • Logistics & technology (navigating the tools and resources we'll use in the summer program)
  • Introduction to teaching preparation (a first look at some of the ideas you'll likely want to use in your teaching)
  • Language assessment (schedule and participate in a 30-minute language assessment to help identify areas for refining your English proficiency)
  • Language support sessions with ITAP instructors

August 4 - 6

(to be completed on your own time before August 6)

Day 1

  • Getting to know Cornell
  • Working in online spaces
  • Problem solving for common issues encountered by teaching assistants (TAs)

August 9

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Day 2

  • Overview of learning technologies
  • Peer reviewed teaching practicum I
  • Undergraduate expectations

August 10

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Day 3

  • Using learning technologies in the classroom
  • Peer reviewed teaching practicum II
  • Managing conflict and difficult conversations

August 11

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

Day 4

  • Creating an action plan for your teaching
  • Networking with your ITAP peers
  • Maintaining work/life balance

August 12

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. EDT

We will share additional information as it becomes available.

Desired outcomes

The summer program is designed to help new international teaching assistants

  • identify personalized goals for improving oral English language proficiency

  • identify evidence-based teaching strategies
  • practice evidence-based teaching strategies

Eligibility & registration

Invitations to join the summer program will be sent to international teaching assistants who:

  • are new to Cornell

  • speak English as an additional language
  • have a teaching assistant appointment in the fall semester

Your Graduate Field Assistant (GFA) should notify you if you will have a teaching assistantship for fall semester, and whether you will need to attend the summer program.

If you will receive a TA appointment and have not received information about the ITAP Summer Program from your GFA by July 9, 2021, please contact your GFA.

Please feel free to contact ITAP with any questions about the summer program.