These are some resources you can use to practice your English skills and to better prepare for your role as a TA at FSU.
US Higher Education: Language, Culture, and Teaching
Helpful tips and resources for FSU teaching assistants.
International teaching assistants and faculty at Harvard University discuss their experiences of teaching in the U.S.
A thorough resource guide explaining many kinds of active learning strategies and activities.
This page offers specific instructional strategies to enhance student engagement and learning in the classroom.
Come join fellow TAs and instructors discuss strategies and techniques that promote excellence in teaching and learning.
This site features hundreds of video lessons in math, science, and several other fields. This is usually used as a resource for English speaking students (grade school through university), however international TAs will find lots of useful teaching language for explaining difficult concepts. Transcripts and subtitles are also available.
MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community. Look under "Search MELRLOT" for resources.
Pronunciation and Listening
A database of full text, audio and video version of public speeches, sermons, legal proceedings, lectures, interviews, etc.
This page has links to both US and British radio programs-great for listening practice.
Phonetics: The Sound of Speech
An excellent resource from the University of Iowa which demonstrates how to produce all of the sounds of American English. The site now has an app for your phone.
TED Talks are videotaped presentations of varying lengths (3-25 minutes long) on a variety of topics from art to science to technology. You can view most of the talks with subtitles in several languages, and transcripts are usually available in several languages. TED Talks are a great way to practice listening and also learn new vocabulary.
Especially for the STEM Fields
These resources will help you with pronouncing special terms and symbols. Some are written sources and some contain audio.
- Handbook for Spoken Mathematics (phonetic explanation): http://web.efzg.hr/dok/MAT/vkojic/Larrys_speakeasy.pdf
- Mathematical and Scientific Symbols (phonetic explanation): http://www.uefap.com/speaking/symbols/symbols.htm
- Technical Terms (Audio) for Math and Science from Michigan State University: http://www.tap.msu.edu/team/resources/
Grammar and Vocabulary
This site has a list of bilingual quizzes for reviewing vocabulary in English and many other languages.
Short video lessons on idioms and common phrases in American English.
This site features videos of English language teachers presenting short lessons on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, slang, TOEFL preparation, etc.