The MITAA (Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment) is conducted by a panel of three evaluators: one Department representative and two ESL staff members. There is no charge for the MITAA.
Before your MITAA:
- Prepare a 10-minute presentation relating to your major geared toward a freshman or sophomore level. A white board is available. Handouts are strongly recommended for the committee (4 copies).
- Coordinate time slots with a department representative. If you do not know a representative in your department, please contact the ESL office. A department rep MUST attend your MITAA.
- Contact the ESL office for MITAA time slot availability. Your time will be confirmed with an email from the ESL.
The assessment consists of three components:
- a short introductory conversation with the panel on topics such as previous academic preparation or familiarity with the U.S. university environment;
- a presentation of approximately 10 minutes on a self-selected topic related to the field of study and suitable for first or second year undergraduate students;
- and a question and answer period of about 5 minutes.
The MITAA is recorded and lasts for about 20-30 minutes.
Overall language ability (12 points)
Cultural awareness (12 points)
- familiarity with cultural code
- appropriate non-verbal behavior
- rapport with audience
Communication skills (12 points)
- development of explanation
- clarity of expression
- use of supporting evidence
- eye contact
- use of visual aids
Interaction with panel (12 points)
- listening ability
- responding to questions
- clarifying information
The candidate is rated on a scale of 48 total possible points.
UW-MITAA: 36-48 – PASS
UW-MITAA: 30-35 – ITA Oral Skills class required concurrent with TA teaching assignment
UW-MITAA: 29 or less – ITA Oral Skills class required before TA teaching assignment
The MITAA is given four times throughout the year, before the start and at the end of each semester: August, December, January and May. Advance registration is required. To schedule an assessment, fill out the MITAA registration form and contact the ESL Office.
A Department representative must be available to participate in the assessment.