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ELI 581: GSI Communication Skills

Permission of Instructor Required

This course focuses on the communication skills international GSIs need to succeed as classroom or lab instructors. Participants expand their language skills in order to:

  • Engage in spontaneous and satisfying interactions with students in and outside of class
  • Develop interactive lectures and active learning in class
  • Understand and respond appropriately to students’ questions
  • Address student concerns during office hours

Activities include videotaped practice teaching exercises, classroom observations, office hour role-plays, and interviews. Participants also participate in discussions and observation, and analysis and practice of various classroom communication strategies using video and transcripts of UM classes. 

Each participant creates an individual work plan in consultation with the instructor which addresses their classroom communication goals -- e.g. improving pronunciation, or ability to understand and respond to student questions.

(1 credit)