International Graduate Teaching Assistant Conference (ITA Day)

Thursday September 1st, 2016
University Community Centre (UCC), Room 146
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

International graduate students (on student visas, landed, or permanent residents) who are new to teaching in Canada are invited to spend this half-day with colleagues from the Western teaching and learning community. We present a series of workshops and discussions including the following:

  • Teaching in the Canadian classroom
  • Culture-shock - how to find support for those critical first few weeks in a new place
  • Cross-cultural balance - how to honour your home culture while enjoying things about a new culture
  • Finding a school-community at Western
  • Resources that support international TAs at Western
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11:00 – 11:15 - WELCOMING REMARKS

Dr. Linda Miller Vice Provost, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Dr. Nanda Dimitrov Acting Director, Teaching Support Centre

11:15 – 11:45 - KEYNOTE PRESENTATION:

Ana Garcia-Allen – Department of Modern Languages and Literatures

11:45 – 12:05 - SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENTS & THEIR STRATEGIES

A panel of international graduate students will speak about their teaching and research experiences at Western.

12:05 – 12:45 - LUNCH

Lunch will be provided in Room 147A, UCC

12:45 – 1:00 - INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT PROGRAMS AT WESTERN

Aisha Haque, Teaching Support Centre

1:00 – 1:30 - CAMPUS RESOURCES FOR INTERNATIONAL TEACHING ASSISTANTS

  • The Writing Support Centre’s Graduate Writing Workshops
    Paul Schmidt, Writing Support Centre
  • Adapting to Life in Canada
    Ashley Kewayosh Samuel, International Student Services
  • Working in Canada: Information for International Students
    Snjezana Linkes, The Student Success Centre
  • Successful Learning Strategies for Graduate School
    Heather Johanson, Learning Skills Services

1:30 – 3:00 - SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN CANADIAN ACADEMIA

Aisha Haque, Teaching Support Centre
We will describe typical situations that international TAs encounter and generate possible solutions as a group. Topics discussed will include culture shock, communication in Canada, and expectations for TA roles.