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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
February 7, 2016

Canadian Excellence

For TAs/Graduate Students - page updated January 14, 2016


Many of these workshops contribute towards the requirements of the University Teaching Certificate.

Communication in the Internationalized Classroom -- 14 hours

We all have different backgrounds, and our expectations surrounding communication are influenced by many factors in our backgrounds and life experiences. These expectations will influence how we perceive and engage in situations such as discussions, delivering/receiving feedback, and resolving disagreements. In this 14-hour workshop, participants will develop their abilities to examine interpersonal, academic, and professional situations from an intercultural perspective. BY participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • identify your own expectations in communication;
  • recognize dimensions in intercultural communication to improve communication, relationships, and work outcomes;
  • and work more effectively with students, classmates, colleagues, and supervisors.

DATES: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays May 10th - May 24th
TIMES: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration opening in April, 2016

Teaching in the Inclusive Classroom - 20 hours

Today's university classrooms are highly complex learning environments. Expectations regarding teacher behaviours vary across cultures, institutions, and disciplines, and instructors therefore need to be very mindful of teaching in ways that are inclusive and responsible. In this 20-hour workshop, teaching assistants and graduate students learn to present more effectively by developing their teaching and intercultural communication skills. By participating in this workshop, you will be able to:

  • recognize elements in classrooms that marginalize individuals and consider the impact of microaggressions in the classroom;
  • develop confidence in your instructional skills, teaching communication and ability to respond to student questions; and
  • acquire strategies for delivering and accepting constructive feedback on teaching and presentations.

Workshop activities include teaching for 10 minutes on a topic in your discipline and responding to questions from your audience.

DATES: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays May 26th - June 16th
TIMES: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Registration opening in April, 2016