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Pedagogy Workshop for Graduate Teaching Assistants

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Storrs Campus
Oak Hall 236

UConn is a diverse community with students and teachers from many different cultural backgrounds, so we would like to address the challenges and issues that TAs face when working with a heterogeneous group of students. Therefore, the graduate student association from the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department, with support from GSS, is hosting a pedagogy workshop aimed at TAs from all disciplines and departments.

Questions the workshop plans to address: How do I engage students from cultures in which it is not common to speak up in class and express one's one opinion into critical classroom discussions? How do I grade fairly, when some of my international students are very skilled and knowledgeable, but are not able to express themselves due to linguistic challenges (non-native speakers of English)? How can I adjust my teaching style to cater to a culturally diverse student population? Should I? How do I integrate culturally different views and beliefs about the content area of a class, some which might not match or even oppose the views traditionally taught in the class / in the US? Which resources on campus might help?

Discussion will be led by Prof. Manuela Wagner (LCL) and Prof. John Zach (Education), whose expertise focuses on inter-cultural challenges and competence in teaching.

Light refreshments will be served.

Contact:

niko.tracksdorf@uconn.edu

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