About ITA Services & Courses

International Teaching Assistant (ITA) services are under the direction of the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI), in the Office of Global Affairs.

ITA courses are designed to meet the language and pedagogical needs of international teaching assistants specific to the departments in which they will teach. In ITA classroom work, instructors and undergraduates work with with students individually and in small groups. Courses are designed to help ITAs meet the English Proficiency Requirement of the University of Connecticut as well as to prepare them for their role as classroom or lab instructors.

Tutorials include a semester-long series of classroom observations and are recommended for select ITAs who have been conditionally cleared to teach based on the microteaching test.  Instruction is focused on improvement of presentation skills, teaching technique, and classroom management as appropriate.

The University of Connecticut participates in the New England International Teaching Assistant Network (NEITAN), established in October of 1999 by the following member institutions:

  • Boston University
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Northeastern University
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yale University