The Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP) is for international graduate students who are or plan to be teaching assistants. Students learn key skills for the American classroom.
The program helps students:
The program includes:
If you are or plan to be an international teaching assistant (ITA), we strongly encourage you to register for PITAP courses.
If you have questions about the program, contact Brian Rybarczyk, the PITAP Director, at (919) 962-2505 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Register for GRAD 810 or GRAD 811 as you would for any other graduate course through ConnectCarolina.
For information about course registration, please see Office of the University Registrar.
“Thank you so much. These courses were the most precious and helpful ones that I’ve ever taken.”
“Learning how to interact with undergraduate students was the most beneficial aspect of the course.”
“Extremely helpful for both my teaching and communication skills. Also extremely enjoyable—I felt among friends.”
“This is a very useful course for me. I feel so relaxed in every class. It accumulated my confidence in future teaching…as well as daily communication with my peers and faculty.”
“It was really good to have a conversation partner. Thank you so much for suggesting this in class.”
In this course, students will improve their speaking and teaching skills. The course focuses on basic skills needed to be an effective Teaching Assistant.
Students will give short teaching demonstrations. Students will meet regularly with the PITAP Teaching Assistant. to the courses require practice speaking with conversation partners.
Two credits. Pass/Fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours. Offered both Fall and Spring semesters.
Download the GRAD 810 syllabus (PDF).
In this course, students will continue to improve their speaking and teaching skills.
Students will prepare and implement active-learning, student-centered lessons.
Two credits. Pass/Fail. Does not count toward degree requirements or earned hours. Spring semester only. Students must have already completed GRAD 810.
Download the GRAD 811 syllabus (PDF).
There is no additional tuition charge for enrolling in GRAD 810 or GRAD 811.
If you enroll in one of the PITAP courses, it may increase your total number of credits, resulting in an increase in tuition. You should discuss tuition with your academic program.
International post-docs and other scholars may audit a course if there is room in the class. Please contact the PITAP Director, at (919) 962-2505 or email@example.com.
The Writing Center at UNC offers free ESL support for all non-native English speakers.
The Writing Center is located at 0127 SASB-North.
Telephone: (919) 962-0725
UNC student organization which offers tutoring and conversations in English for students of all nationalities.
Private classes are available in:
Offers courses for ESL: Beyond Basics ESL Continuing Education classes. For more information, contact (919) 536-7264 ext 3228.
For more information about PITAP, please contact:
Brian Rybarczyk, PITAP Director
Phone: (919) 962-2505