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Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program

About PITAP

The Preparing International Teaching Assistants Program (PITAP) is for international graduate students who are or plan to be teaching assistants.  Students learn key skills for the undergraduate classroom.

The program helps students:

  • Develop teaching skills
  • Build cross-cultural communication skills
  • Improve spoken English

The program includes:

If you are or plan to be an international teaching assistant (ITA), we strongly encourage you to register for PITAP courses.


Student Testimonials

Here’s what former students have said about the PITAP courses:

“Thank you so much. These courses were the most precious and helpful ones that I’ve ever taken.”

“Learning how to interact with undergraduate students was the most beneficial aspect of the course.”

“Extremely helpful for both my teaching and communication skills. Also extremely enjoyable—I felt among friends.”


Tuition for PITAP

Full-Time Students (9 or more credit hours):

  • There is no additional tuition charge for enrolling in GRAD 810 or GRAD 811.

Part-Time Students (less than 9 credit hours):

  • If you enroll in one of the PITAP courses, it may increase your total number of credits, resulting in an increase in tuition. You should discuss tuition with your academic program.

Post-Docs and Other Scholars:

International post-docs and other scholars may audit a course if there is room in the class. Please contact the PITAP director.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Resources at UNC

The Writing Center: ESL Support

The Writing Center at UNC offers free ESL support for all non-native English speakers.

The Writing Center is located at 0127 SASB-North.
Email: wcesl@unc.edu
Telephone: (919) 962-0725

UNC Office of International Student & Scholar Services

 

Community ESL Resources

Chapel Hill Institute for Cultural and Language Education (CHICLE)

Private classes are available in:

  • Beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL
  • Pronunciation
  • Idiomatic English
  • Grammar
  • Accent reduction
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Business writing
  • Academic writing

Durham Technical Community College

Offers courses for ESL: Beyond Basics ESL Continuing Education classes. For more information, contact (919) 536-7264 ext 3228.

Contact Us

For more information about PITAP, please contact:

Brian Rybarczyk, PITAP Director
Phone: (919) 962-2505
Email: brybar@unc.edu