Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment (MITAA)

The MITAA (Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment) is conducted by a panel of three evaluators: one department representative and two ELA representatives. There is no charge for the MITAA.

You must have a department representative attend your MITAA. You may not take the MITAA exam on your own. You must have permission from your department to register for the MITAA. If you are unsure whether or not you are supposed to take the MITAA, consult with your academic program advisor.

Department Representatives

If you are a Department Representative and you have not gotten email announcements for MITAAs, please contact Mark Sullivan at sullivam@uwm.edu.

International Teaching Assistants

To schedule your MITAA, please complete the following steps: 

  1. Contact your department to ask if you are required to take the MITAA.
  2. Identify your department representative. If you do not know a representative in your department, please contact your department directly. Do not contact the English Language Academy for this information.
  3. Complete the MITAA Registration Form
  4. Consult with your department representative on which time and date best suits both of your schedules.
  5. Once the MITAA Registration Form has been completed and you or your department representative has signed up for an available time slot you will receive a confirmation email from Mark Sullivan.
  6. Appear for your MITAA on the date and time selected. Please do not be late. If you believe you will be late or if you need to reschedule, please email Mark Sullivan 24 hours ahead of time.

Before your MITAA:

  • Prepare a 10-minute presentation relating to your major geared toward a freshman or sophomore level (100/200 level). A white board is available. Visual aids are strongly recommended. This could be a handout or a PowerPoint presentation. If you choose a handout, please come prepared with 4 copies. If you choose to use a PowerPoint, please email it to Mark Sullivan one day ahead of time. *Please note that reading directly off of handouts or PowerPoints during your presentation will negatively reflect in your score. These are to be used simply as guides. 

The assessment consists of three components:

The MITAA lasts between 20 and 30 minutes.

  • a short (about 30 seconds – 1 minute) 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
  • a question and answer period of about 5 minutes following the presentation

Assessment Criteria

Each category is assessed on a 1-5 scale. International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) must receive an average score of 12 overall and a 3 in pronunciation. If the ITA receives lower than a 3 pronunciation, then the ITA does not pass the MITAA and will be required to complete coursework during teaching duties or before teaching duties, dependent on score in other categories.

Overall language ability

  • pronunciation (includes intonation & stress)
  • vocabulary (word choice & complexity)
  • grammar
  • fluency

Presentation skills & delivery

  • Volume
  • Rate of speech
  • Eye contact
  • Use of visual aids
  • posture & gestures
  • Self-confidence
  • Enthusiasm for subject
  • Natural delivery

Organization & Content of Presentation

  • Main ideas clear
  • ideas logically organized
  • ideas supported with details and examples
  • ideas paraphrased, repeated, and reinforced
  • cohesiveness

Interaction with committee

  • Basic listening ability
  • Response to and handling of questions

Note: After taking the class, the student must sign up for an exit MITAA to determine whether or not he or she has demonstrated marked improvement.