Michigan State University
Michigan State University
English Language Center
International Teaching Assistant Program

International Teaching Assistant Program

The Michigan State University International Teaching Assistant Program is part of the English Language Center.  Our mission is to help prepare non-native English speaking international graduate students to function effectively as teaching assistants in their departments.  The program facilitates an understanding of the cultural norms of the American educational context as well as the English language skills necessary for effective classroom communication. 

ITA Support Courses

We offer the following ITA support courses.  Click on each for more detailed course descriptions, learning outcomes, eligibility, and registration procedures.

AAE 451 – 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. 

AAE 452 – Language of the American Classroom for ITAs

This course is designed for those ITAs who have not yet passed the MSU Speaking Test and who would benefit from additional practice in the specific language of classroom instruction.

AAE 453 - Support for In-Service ITA Teaching

This seminar-style course is designed for ITAs who have already met the university English proficiency requirement for international teaching assistants but who seek additional language and pedagogy support concurrent with their teaching assignment. 

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 Coordinator at ITAprogram@elc.msu.edu.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings (pending enrollment)

AAE 451    Tu Th F     3:00 PM – 4:20 PM     A220 Wells Hall

AAE 452    Tu Th F    12:40 PM - 2:00 PM     A204 Wells Hall*

(*please note there has been a room change)

AAE 453    Tu             6:00 PM - 7:20 PM     A308 Wells Hall


  • AAE 451, 452, and 453 begin Tues., January 21, 2020 and conclude Fri., April 10, 2020 in Spring 2020.
  • The Spring 2020 ITAOI will be administered Mon., April 13, 2020.