RICHARD STRANGE, CHAIR
NEXT MEETING: 11-20-02, 8:30 AM, UC 203
Members in Attendance: Teresa Berry
Mr. Lee, representing the Awards Committee, made a report to the
Teaching Council. He submitted three sets of proposals for review
by the Teaching Council. He also suggested adding an entry under
the “ Hot Topics” section of the UT home page explaining
the premise for the Teaching Award.
The Teaching Council continued the discussion concerning the English
language skills of foreign GTA students. The TOEFL is an admission
requirement. Once they arrive on campus, students who speak English
as a foreign language must pass the Speak Test as a prerequisite
to teaching. The speak test has two sections, hearing and reading.
Results of a two-year study on the effectiveness of this test should
be released this semester by Jeff Miller.
The Teaching Council suggested starting a tutorial session to help
prepare foreign GTA students for teaching large classes. The session
should test oral and aural skills with mock lectures and group discussion.
Immersion in American culture would supplement the course. Social
interaction and media exposure would communicate the idiosyncrasies
of the American dialect. Foreign GTA students could be hired as
research assistants for their first year to give them time to adjust
to American culture before standing in front of a classroom.
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