U.S. Classroom Culture: Difficult Situations as a TA

As a teaching assistant, you may find yourself in challenging situations that may be made more difficult if you have not familiar with cultural norms in US universities. In this workshop, we discuss common challenges you may have with your students, how to handle them, and how to potentially avoid them in the future.

When English is your second language

  • Be honest about your English, but never apologize for it.
  • Create an environment in which students feel comfortable asking you to repeat or rephrase what you have said when they don’t understand you.
  • Speak slowly

Difficult Situations as a TA. notes

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