ITA Orientation

September 3, 2014 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TEL 1014
Jennifer Bolt, Teaching Commons

At York, we are fortunate to have students from around the world participating in our graduate programs enriching the academic life of the university. The knowledge and background of our International Graduate Student population bring interesting and diverse global perspectives to our York University learning community. Not unlike any new TA, ITAs may experience anxiety and uncertainty with respect to their new role and classroom responsibilities; however, it is not uncommon for ITAs to experience additional challenges and considerations as they transition into their new Canadian academic culture at York University. For instance, one may feel uneasy about going into a class where students speak another language, not to mention the possible differences in methods of pedagogical delivery, grading and assessment and overall curricular design. Furthermore there are many differences within higher educational systems around the world that may require support to understand Canadian educational culture and teaching expectations at York University.