(University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee International Teaching Assistant Assessment)

The MITAA 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)

  • pronunciation
  • grammar
  • fluency
  • intonation

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
  • cohesiveness
  • eye contact
  • use of visual aids
  • enthusiasm/presence

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 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.

There is no charge for the MITAA.