Seamless Web: Developing Teaching Assistants as Professionals"
A. Barnett and Robert Francis Cook
Development and Supervision of Teaching Assistants in Foreign Language.
AAUSC [American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators]
Issues in Language Program Direction, Vol. 3. Ed. Joel Walz. Boston:
Heinle, 1992: 85-111.
seamless web of our title is a metaphor for an academic life whose
parts all fit together in ways that can be made visible, as good
cloth is visibly warp and weft at once. What we call teaching and
research, study and writing, thinking, arguing ,and guiding group
work are parts of a single enterprise, whether the practitioner
be an undergraduate beginner, a graduate assistant, or a chaired
professor. Anything that teachers do well can be traced back to
an intellectual principle.
at the core, research and teaching activities are very much the
same sort of scholarly business, and we have something to gain by
emphasizing that truth in our training programs for graduate students.
In this article, we describe in detail-and offer the syllabus and
case studies for-a professional development course for first-year
graduate teaching assistants (TAs) in French, a course that encompasses
the skills and values inherent in both research and teaching.