International Teaching Assistant Program

What is the International Teaching Assistant Program?

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) is a professional development program offering support to international teaching assistants to meet required levels of oral English proficiency for teaching assignments. The program helps ensure ITAs have a successful teaching experience and includes language assessments and the ALS 5780 course.

The International Teaching Assistant Program Course (ALS 5780) is an opportunity for international teaching assistants to develop and refine oral English communication. The course focuses on oral communication, cross-cultural classroom communication, and teaching techniques.

Who can Participate?

All first-time teaching assistants from a country where English is not the first language are required to participate in a 30-minute ITA language assessment. However, if an ITA has a TOEFL iBT speaking score of 28 or higher or an IELTS speaking score of 8.5 or higher, she or he is not required to take the language assessment.

When is ITAP Programming?

Dates: Language assessments are scheduled four times per year in August, December, January, and May. The language assessments page contains detailed information on available times.

           ALS 5780 is offered Fall and Spring semesters.

Time: Times vary.

Visit the language assessments page and the ALS 5780 course page for more details on individual programs.

Desired Outcomes

  • Develop communication skills and meet oral language proficiency for teaching.
  • Offer practical strategies, approaches, and techniques to teaching.
  • Become familiar with Cornell’s campus and culture and the impact that culture has on teaching and learning.

Registration Process

Language assessments are scheduled by appointment only through Graduate Field Advisors (GFAs). Departments arrange for ITAs to attend the ITAP Summer Program. At the end of the summer program, those who require additional instruction will be required to enroll in ALS 5780 during the semester.

Contact for questions about this program.