International Teaching Assistants (ITA) Program

WHO: The International Teaching Assistants (ITA) Program is designed for teaching assistants (TAs) and international graduate students who speak English as an additional language and/or are new to a North American university setting.

WHAT: The Centre for Educational Excellence (CEE) offers targeted support to help international graduate students acclimatize to SFU’s academic setting, including workshops and resources. We provide practical tips and strategies to support you in your teaching role, as well as useful language for facilitation in classes and labs.

HOW: We offer you free online and face-to-face workshops, online resources through Canvas, and individual one-to-one consultations that can help you as an ITA improve your teaching skills. In addition, we provide more general support for teaching assistants for online, blended and face-to-face teaching contexts.

Summer 2022 ITA Opportunity

Teaching Squares 

Looking to connect with other international teaching assistants (ITAs)? Interested in practical, peer-based teaching support and tutorial observation? Are open to learn and reflect on your own teaching practice? Take part in the Centre for Educational Excellence’s ITA Teaching Squares this summer! 

WHAT? Teaching Squares – a program of reciprocal peer-based classroom observation, discussion and reflection to support your planning and delivery of lessons. 

WHO? International graduate students who have a Summer 2022 TA assignment. 

WHEN? May 25 – July 6 (approximately 10 hours during this time) 

WHERE? Burnaby SFU Campus, initial and closing sessions at West Mall Centre 

HOW? Commit to individual and group activities over the semester. 

REGISTRATION?  Read the program overview and register here to secure your spot as one of eight ITAs.

Upcoming events

Canvas online resources

  • ITA Teaching Guide
    This ITA Canvas resource has been designed as an introduction to your position as a graduate teaching assistant or tutor-marker at SFU. It will help you better understand your roles and responsibilities and how to find support for yourself and your undergraduate students, as well as how to find more training as you begin your teaching position.
  • Pre-arrival International TA Guide
    This Canvas resource has been designed for graduate students who have not yet begun their SFU learning and teaching journey and would like an introduction to a position as a graduate teaching assistant or tutor-marker (TM).
  • Introduction to Teaching for TAs & TMs
    This site is designed to support you—as a teaching assistant or tutor-marker—as you prepare to engage students in remote and face-to-face classrooms.


  • Individual consultations (online or in-person)
    Do you have a context-specific question related to your TA teaching at SFU? Contact our ITA mentor, Zoreen Nuraney, at for a one-to-one consultation and individual teaching support throughout the term.
  • General questions
    If you have a general question or request, click on the blue “How Can We Help You?” button at the bottom of your screen or contact CEE’s ITA team directly, also at

Finally, don’t forget to take a look at the many teaching resources available throughout this website!