at University of Illinois at Chicago
Katya Kulik is a recent PhD graduate from the Program for Writers at UIC. She has taught Creative Writing and Composition courses at UIC as a graduate student instructor for seven years, and before that, she was the ESL instructor at Moscow State University. Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in ‘So to Speak’, New Mexico Review, CutBank, Jet Fuel Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. She documents her life in mice cartoons at Mice Notes.
For International Teaching Assistants, meaning negotiation plays a vital role when it comes to interactions with native English speaking undergraduate students in the laboratory or in the classroom. In this article, I share a few tips that can help ITA instructors or coaches guide ITAs through their interactions with their (future) undergraduate students.