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          International Teaching Assistants Program

          Are you, or will you be, a Teaching Assistant (TA)? Is English your additional language? And would you like to improve your teaching and communication skills? Then this free program is for you!

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          Who should participate

          Teaching Assistants (TAs), future TAs and graduate students who identify with one or more of the following:

          • are new to the Canadian (academic) context or are English as an additional language (EAL) speakers
          • would like to learn more about Canadian (academic) culture
          • wish to enhance their English communication skills
          • aim to improve their teaching and presentation skills
          • are eager to participate actively and try new things as there will be many in-class exercises to help prepare you for your role as a TA
          • are willing to focus on language fluency rather than language perfection
          • commit to a minimum of 8 out of 10 classes to earn a completion certificate and get a refund on their 100$ deposit

          Grad students are encouraged to participate as early in their program as possible in order to gain the greatest benefits.


          The 10-week ITA Seminar is designed to help you:

          • Understand academic culture in Canada in the context of the duties and responsibilities of a Teaching Assistant at SFU
          • Develop your skills in leading and participating in tutorial style group discussions
          • Improve your ability to use and understand spoken North American English, particularly colloquial and idiomatic usage
          • Increase your awareness as to how your cultural influences can affect your intercultural interactions
          • Deepen your understanding about cultural history in Canada, especially in regards to Canada’s Indigenous peoples
          • Experience a sense of belonging in your current context as a student and a TA at SFU


          The ITA program is offered every term, starting at the end of the first month of the term.

          Fall: End of September – December

          Spring: End of January – March

          Summer: End of May – August


          To register for the seminar, please visit the webpage of the ITA program.

          Just-in-time ITA seminar

          Does your TA-ship start sooner than expected? Consider the free Just-in-time ITA seminar with 3 sessions focused on academic culture & communication and essential skills for TAs.

          The sessions are designed to offer timely orientation and support to graduate teaching assistants and are offered on 3 Saturdays at the beginning of each term.

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