International Teaching Assistant Challenges in American Classrooms

Monday, November 12, 2018
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM

Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


Are USC undergraduate student attitudes, priorities and behaviors different from what you are accustomed? International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must learn to interpret and handle American students' actions appropriately, but seldom have the opportunity for this learning before stepping into the classroom. This workshop and discussion is designed to provide graduate students with the chance to discuss some of the difficulties they might have encountered in American academic culture. This is not a lecture – workshop participants will identify peculiar aspects of American academic life that s/he has encountered, discuss similarities and differences in ideas, beliefs, or expectations with other participants, and develop a deeper understanding of the role culture plays in academic behavior. This workshop is open to all nationalities, not just International graduate students.



Michelle Hardee
TA Training Program Manager
Center for Teaching Excellence

Michelle L. Hardee is the program manager for graduate student TA programs in the Center for Teaching Excellence. She received her Ph.D. in marine science from the University of South Carolina. Throughout her 24-year teaching career, Michelle has been actively involved in marine science education and teacher training. She taught throughout her graduate program, as an instructor at Coastal Carolina University and as an adjunct professor of geology at the College of Charleston, and is currently an instructor in the Marine Science Program at UofSC.

Terry Goodfellow
Instructor and Community Outreach Coordinator
English Programs for Internationals

Terry Goodfellow has been teaching internationals for more than 25 years in the US and Europe. She has been an Instructor at the Intensive English program here on campus called English Programs for Internationals (EPI) for 14 years, where she has taught writing and English Rhetoric to 100's of international students. Goodfellow has also taught in the First Year English Program for 2.5 years on campus. She gives frequent lectures on cross-cultural issues and yearly does the orientation for the American Classroom Culture for our Graduate International Associates (ITAs).