Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Wei Chen



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Committee Chair

Emily Thrush

Committee Member

Teresa Dalle

Committee Member

Verner Mitchell

Committee Member

Ana-Gratiela Gal


As more and more international students came to the United States to further their education, the number of international teaching assistants (ITAs) has grown tremendously since 1980s. Among these ITAs, some have been assigned to teach English composition classes to American students. These ITAs form a unique group, and their experience is the focus of the current study. Four ITAs who were teaching English composition classes at the time when the study was conducted were recruited to participate in the current study. During the course of one semester, each participating ITA was observed once and interviewed twice (before and after the class observation). In order to understand the perspectives of ITAs' students, a student survey was administrated on the last day of classes. Even though only four ITAs and their students in English composition classes participated, the results of the current study were inspiring, and important lessons could be learnt.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest