International Teaching Assistant Summer Program

What is International Teaching Assistant Summer Program?

The International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Summer Program is a compulsory summer training program to support all incoming international students whose first language is not English and who will assume TA duties during 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 develop their oral communication and/or pedagogical skills, and to critically examine the impact of culture on teaching and learning.

As part of the summer program, students will participate in an ITA Language Assessment and depending on the results of the assessment, students will be assigned to courses in communication and/or pedagogy.

Incoming students will receive a stipend with the expectation that they successfully complete the program. Available stipends will be distributed at orientation.

Who can attend?

International teaching assistants who:

  • Do not speak English as their first language.
  • Have been assigned to TA in their first fall semester at Cornell.

When is the ITA Summer Program?

Date: Wednesday, August 7 - Thursday, August 15, 2019

Time: Opening Event, Wednesday, August 7th, 8:30am, Warren Hall, room B25

Students should plan to arrive in Ithaca no later than Tuesday, August 6, 2019 for this program.

A program schedule will be provided to participants.

Desired Outcomes

  • Determine whether an ITA’s level of English proficiency meets the minimum required level of proficiency to be a TA at Cornell.
  • Determine any required ITAP course work and assign appropriate teaching assignments.

Registration Process

ITAs should contact their Graduate Field Assistants (GFAs) if they will receive a TA appointment but have not yet received information about the ITAP Summer Program.

Students who receive on-campus university housing in the academic year may be able to move into their housing assignment early, if availability allows. There will be no temporary housing available. To be considered for on-campus housing, you must complete and submit a housing application to the Housing Office as soon as possible. Housing is not guaranteed and is assigned according to the date the housing application is received at the Housing Office.

On-Campus Housing options

Off-Campus Housing options

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