Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (TCC)
Teaching in the Canadian Classroom is a 3-week 20-hour certificate program designed for international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to enhance their confidence in their teaching skills in the Canadian postsecondary academic environment. Participants will reflect on the role of culture in their classrooms, practice lesson planning and active learning techniques, and give and receive feedback on lesson planning and classroom management.
The program also provides the participants with an opportunity to:
- Practice instructional techniques in microteaching sessions, receive constructive feedback from peers and the instructor, and thus gain hands-on experience with strategies that can be used in their current and future teaching roles.
- Reflect on their experiences as international teaching assistants to produce initial written work that can be used in parts of job applications for teaching-centered jobs.
The program aims to build on the participants’ skills and expertise and supports them in practicing and reflecting on their teaching, while engaging with peers in a supportive atmosphere.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Acquire and build on their teaching skills and competencies for an enhanced confidence in the classroom.
- Design and deliver lessons using the Bridge-Outcomes-Pre-Assessment-Participatory Learning-Post-Assessment-Summary (BOPPPS) model.
- Reflect on their teaching strategies and approaches during two microteaching sessions to a) improve their teaching skills; b) produce useful pieces of application documents for teaching-centered jobs.
- Build upon and enhance their understanding of the nature, norms, and values of the classrooms at Western University and how to navigate them to excel at and enjoy teaching.
- Acquire, build on, and practice strategies for speaking with confidence and explaining difficult concepts in synchronous and asynchronous environments.
- Assess the role of culture in giving effective feedback and practice giving and responding to feedback synchronously and asynchronously.
- Build a community with fellow international students and postdoctoral scholars, learn from each other, and understand the benefits of peer-learning.
What to expect
Please note: All times are in EDT
Participants should expect to devote at least 20 hours to this program.
Microteaching is a mandatory component of this program. Participants are expected to attend two synchronous microteaching sessions of their choice and sign up for one of the following four groups:
- Microteaching Group 1: June 14, 9am-12pm AND June 16, 9am-12pm
- Microteaching Group 2: June 14, 4pm-7pm AND June 16, 4pm-7pm
- Microteaching Group 3: June 15, 9am-12pm AND June 17, 9am-12pm
- Microteaching Group 4: June 15, 4pm-7pm AND June 17, 4pm-7pm
Research on the impact of TCC
- Evaluating the Differential Impact of Teaching Assistant Training Programs on International Graduate Student Teaching (Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 2015)
- Bridging the gap: The impact of the 'Teaching in the Canadian Classroom' program on the teaching effectiveness of international teaching assistants. (HEQCO, 2013)
May 31 - June 18 - registration is closed
International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars
- This program is in high demand. If you anticipate any reason for not being able to commit to the 2-week program, please do not register to avoid taking the spot of another student who could benefit from this program.
- Registration is available for current (must be registered in the term indicated on the "Offer of Admission") graduate students and postdoctoral scholars only
- Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
- Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
- Select the Register for this Event button. If the program has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
- You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account.
Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation
Participants who complete all components of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion.
Typically offered in January/February.