ELI 381: GSI Communication Skills

Fall Semester (1 credit)

Permission of Instructor Required

Focus on the communication skills needed for successful performance as a classroom or lab instructor and/or in office hours. Expand your language skills in order to:

  • Have spontaneous and satisfying interactions with students
  • Develop interactive lectures and active learning in class
  • Understand and handle questions
  • And address student concerns and help them in office hours

Activities include videotaped practice teaching exercises, classroom observations, office hour role-plays, an undergraduate interview, discussions and observation, and analysis and practice of various classroom communication strategies using video and transcripts of UM classes. Create an individual work plan in consultation with the instructor that addresses your classroom communication goals, e.g. improving pronunciation, or ability to understand and respond to student questions.