Resources for Staff, Instructors, and Faculty

Center for Educational Innovation
International TA (ITA) Courses
Courses that train and support nonnative English speakers who teach courses and undertake other instructional responsibilities at the University of Minnesota. The ITA Program offers 3 courses during the academic year: Foundations, 5102, 5105.

CSE: Teaching and Language Kick-off (TALK) Orientation
Takes place in August. Provides first-year international graduate students with discipline-specific information, teaching practice, and English appropriate to their needs as future teaching assistants. Participants engage in language courses, departmental workshops, teaching simulations, and learning educational cultural differences. 

Language and Teaching Consultations
Consultants are available to assist international faculty, TAs, researchers and academic staff who want to enhance their language proficiency or discuss strategies for teaching students in the United States. Education specialists with specific training in English as a Second Language and instructional methods respond to consultees' concerns.

English Pronunciation for Academics Workshops
In this workshop series, international faculty, scholars, and graduate students will uncover the nuances of English pronunciation that matter most for conveying meaning effectively in U.S. academic settings. Participants will learn and practice research-based pronunciation strategies to enhance classroom teaching and conference presentations.

Center for Writing - Teaching with Writing
Schedule a face-to-face or online consultation on issues related to teaching with writing across the University curriculum, including integrating writing into your course, designing inclusive assignments and activities, and responding to and grading the writing of international and multilingual students.

Browse sample syllabi, assignments, rubrics, teaching ideas, and more on the Center for Writing website. See also specific resources on working with international and multilingual student writers at Responding to Non-Native Speakers of English and Quick Suggestions for Helping Non-Native Writers.

Attend free, public workshops and discussions that provide support and create community for instructors across the University who use writing in their teaching. 

Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus
The University of Minnesota's Internationalizing the Curriculum & Campus initiative coordinates several resources to aid faculty in the internationalization of academic courses and to support connections for curricular and co-curricular global learning. This page provides information on specific teaching resources, programs, and opportunities to enhance international, intercultural and global learning.

The biannual Internationalizing the Curriculum and Campus Conference showcases current programs, research, and initiatives to internationalize the curriculum and campus at the University of Minnesota. The conference is free and open to all University of Minnesota staff, faculty, and students interested in internationalizing the curriculum and campus.

Research and resources at UMN regarding campus internationalization and international students.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
The Intercultural Workshop series combines intercultural competency and skills development workshops and “Culture In-Depth” sessions discussing the unique practices, customs, and values of some of the largest international student populations on our campus. Each session helps UMN staff members gain greater cultural self-awareness, an understanding of the contributions of international students, and communication skills to improve interactions and relationships with international students, staff, and faculty. Visit the website to see the list of upcoming sessions.

The goal of this guide is to provide information and resources to advisers and staff to help you in assisting 
international students during the first semester. By creating a smooth transition, international students are 
more likely to succeed academically and be engaged in their university experience. A graduate adviser & staff guide is also available here.

Minnesota English Language Program
This website provides faculty, instructors, and staff at the University of Minnesota with strategies to serve multilingual learners more effectively - in the classroom, in advising sessions, and through other exchanges. The Teaching Support page provides an overview of strategies to use in the classroom, and the Communication Tips page provides strategies to improve communication with multilingual students.  Learn more about Faculty & Staff Resources, as well as Student Resources for language development and support.

University Libraries
Meet with the subject librarian for your department for support in teaching or research. We work with staff, instructors, and faculty on a wide range of issues from helping students to use the libraries or undergraduate research project (e.g. UROP), to copyright, to in-depth research and data management, to selecting resources for your course and more.