CMS TA Application

 

Volunteer in the CMS program (TA or Tutor)

 

If you are a MA TESOL graduate student you can volunteer to be a Teaching Assistant or Tutor in the CMS program.

 

Serving as a Teaching Assistant (TA) is required for English 726 and English 732, and is optional for English 653

 

If you plan to take any of these courses next semester need to (or want to) work in an ESL class in the Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) Program on campus, you should start the process of finding a class and a mentor teacher this semester.

 

If you wish to work off campus, consult with the relevant MA TESOL course instructor.

 

Which course should you assist in?

 

CMS Course

Description

Requirements to serve as TA

ENG 201/202

Accelerated Academic English

Note:  TA’s are selected for the entire academic year.

ENG 204

Academic Literacy Skills

You should be enrolled in or have completed 730.

ENG 208

Grammar for Writing I

You should be enrolled in or have completed 653.

ENG 209

Composition I

You should be enrolled in or have completed 732.

ENG 210

Oral Communication (public speaking)

You should be enrolled in or have completed 730.  Concurrent enrollment in 731 especially recommended.

ENG 212

Advanced Grammar for Writing

You should be enrolled in or have completed 653.

ENG 215

Composition II

You should be enrolled in or have completed 732.  You should also have a high level of competence in academic writing and reading.

 

If you are taking English 653 (Pedagogical Grammar):

You may tutor ESL students in grammar or assist in a grammar class, either on or off campus.  If you wish to TA in a CMS class, you should assist in English 208 or English 212.

 

If you are taking English 732 (TESOL Reading & Writing):

You should work in an ESL composition and/or reading class either on or off campus. In CMS, English 209 or 215 are the most highly recommended for gaining experience in teaching ESL composition, and English 204 for gaining experience in teaching ESL reading. If you would like to work with freshmen who need a strong foundation in academic reading, writing, and study skills, you can consider the 2-semester English 201-202 class (class meets 5 hours/week) — this is a 2-semester commitment (English 201 in the Fall, English 202 in the Spring).

 

If you are taking English 726 (Practicum):

You may work as a TA in any ESL class, either on or off campus.

 

Note:

If you are taking both 726 and 732, one ESL class can work for both.  Follow the guidelines for English 732. 

If you are taking both 726 and 653, one ESL class can work for both.  Follow the guidelines for English 653.

If you are taking both 653 and 732, you will be able to fulfill the tutoring requirement for 653 while serving as a TA in a writing class for 732.

 

How do you start the process of finding a placement?

 

A.  If you wish to work off-campus, consult with the professor who will be your 653, 732, or 726 instructor for specific recommendations.

 

B.  If you wish to work in the CMS Program please follow these procedures:

 

1.   Familiarize yourself with the CMS Program and the CMS instructors. You can view the upcoming semester's schedule online. For a list of CMS instructors’ offices, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses you can also view this information online.

 

2.   If you wish, arrange an observation of a CMS instructor.  To schedule the observation, contact the instructor directly either by phone or through e-mail at least a week in advance, and suggest more than one date on which you can visit, as the instructor may not be able to accommodate your first choice of time.  If you and/or the instructor do not feel that an observation is necessary, at least plan to meet with the instructor to learn about the class. 

 

3.   Fill out your TA application form when you find a CMS instructor whom you would like to work with, leave a copy of your TA application form in that instructor’s mailbox in HUM 125.

 

**Note:  While you are waiting to hear the CMS instructor’s decision, do not contact any other CMS instructor. You should only submit one application at a time.