(University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment)
The MITAA is conducted by a panel of three evaluators: one Department representative and two ESL staff members. There is no charge for the MITAA.
The assessment consists of three components:
- a short introductory conversation with the panel on topics such as previous academic preparation or familiarity with the U.S. university environment;
- a presentation of approximately 10 minutes on a self-selected topic related to the field of study and suitable for first or second year undergraduate students;
- and a question and answer period of about 5 minutes.
The MITAA is recorded and lasts for about 20 minutes.
Overall language ability (12 points)
Cultural awareness (12 points)
- familiarity with cultural code
- appropriate non-verbal behavior
- rapport with audience
Communication skills (12 points)
- development of explanation
- clarity of expression
- use of supporting evidence
- eye contact
- use of visual aids
Interaction with panel (12 points)
- listening ability
- responding to questions
- clarifying information
The candidate is rated on a scale of 48 total possible points.
|UW-MITAA||30-35 Oral skills class required concurrent with TA teaching assignment|
|UW-MITAA||29 or less Oral skills class required before TA teaching assignment|
The MITAA is given four times throughout the year, before the start and at the end of each semester: August, December, January and May. Advance registration is required.
A Department representative must be available to participate in the assessment.
There is no charge for the MITAA.