(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.

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 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 Oral skills class required concurrent with TA teaching assignment
UW-MITAA 29 or less 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.

MITAA Schedule

  • August 2013: August 26, 27 & 28
  • December 2013: TBA
  • January 2014: TBA
  • May 2014: TBA

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.