ITA Support Courses
Oral Communication for ITAs
This course is designed for ITAs who have not yet passed the MSU Speaking Test and who would benefit from additional oral language instruction, with special emphasis on the development of smooth, fluent speech and the pronunciation of English vowels, consonants, and other global features of pronunciation.
Language Practice Opportunities in ITA Support Courses
The ITA Program also oversees a Pronunciation Instruction Graduate Fellowship Program and an Undergraduate Assistant Program as part of our dedication to providing ITAs with the experience and resources to achieve success. Students enrolled in AAE 451 and 452 benefit from language practice in these programs by having access to individualized, free tutoring sessions by qualified pronunciation tutors and regular interactions with undergraduate student assistants both in the classroom and outside the classroom.
To request additional information about ITA support courses offered by the ITA Program, contact the ITA Program Coordinators at ITAprogram@elc.msu.edu.
Fall 2023 Course Offerings
Courses run from September 18th – December 1st. Please note classes start and end a little earlier/later than most MSU classes.
- AAE 451 Tu Th F 3:00 PM – 4:20 PM in A203 Wells Hall
- AAE 452 Tu Th F 12:40 PM – 2:00 PM in A203 Wells Hall
- AAE 453 TBA
Registering for ITA Support Courses
AAE 451 and AAE 452 are ITA support courses designed to help graduate students who have not yet met the university minimum oral proficiency requirement for teaching assistants and who would benefit from additional language instruction. These courses meet three times per week for ten weeks. Tuition is calculated at the rate of a 3-credit course and students may use part of their tuition waiver if they have one. The prerequisite for enrolling in either course is an MSU Speaking Test score of 40 or 45. Priority in enrollment is given to students who already have TA appointments.
To enroll, eligible students must first make a request through the MSU Speaking Test System online. Prospective students will then be contacted by the ITA Program coordinator with further information and instructions for setting up a meeting to determine which ITA support course best meets their skills and needs. For more specific information on objectives, policies, and registration for AAE 451 and AAE 452, please click on the course numbers above or contact the ITA Program at ITAprogram@elc.msu.edu.
- The Fall 2023 ITAOI will be administered by the ELC Testing Office on December 4, 2023.