I have held several teaching assistant and grader positions in my time as a graduate student at the University of Toronto. I have also had the opportunity to serve as lead writing TA for the Department of Linguistics, be a guest lecturer in a graduate course and run undergraduate workshops on R programming and writing.
Lead Writing Teaching Assistant (LWTA)
As part of the University of Toronto Arts & Science WIT (Writing-integrated teaching) program, I received specialized training on teaching and grading writing and assignment design, and used this information to train TAs on grading writing and help instructors in designated courses develop writing assignments. My duties included designing and running training sessions for TAs, facilitating workshops and benchmarking sessions, providing ongoing training to TAs in the form of feedback on feedback and helping instructors with assignment and rubric design.
Duties include running tutorials, marking assignments and exams, exam invigilation, developing course materials, reviewing course materials and technical assistance.
- LIN 101 – Introduction Linguistics – Sound Structure (Fall 2018)
- LIN 102 – Introduction Linguistics – Sentence Structure and Meaning (Winter 2019)
- LIN 200 – Introduction to Language (Fall 2017, Fall 2019)
- LIN 204 – English Grammar (Winter 2018)
- LIN 228 – Phonetics (Summer 2020, UTM – Fall 2020)
Duties include marking assignments and exams, as well as exam invigilation. I also developed handouts on visual tests of normality and interpreting p-values for LIN 205 in Winter 2021.
- LIN 201 – Canadian English (Winter 2020)
- LIN 305 – Quantitative Methods in Linguistics (Winter 2020, Winter 2021)
- JPL 315 – Language Acquisition (Winter 2020)
- JPL 374 – Psychology of Language (Summer 2021)
Phonetic Data Manipulation in R
Developed and ran a 4 hour workshop for Yoonjung Kang’s 2019 Jackman Scholars in Residence. The goal of the workshop was to teach the students to use R to code names for several phonetic factors and generate descriptive statistics and graphs. The workshop had 4 parts
- Importing, viewing and saving data (including preparing data to import into R)
- Data manipulation (including extracting segments from a string, counting the number of occurrences of a substring in a a string, and coding a variable based on the content of a string)
- Basic descriptive statistics (including counts, proportions, mean, median, standard deviation, minimum, maximum, range)
- Visualization with ggplot (including bar charts, boxplots and density plots)
Download R code and sample data set: [Data Files]
I ran a workshop for LIN 306 in 2021 as part of my LWTA duties. The workshop focused on tips for paraphrasing and how to use linguistic examples in writing. It also introduced students to the writing process and gave them tips on reading papers and taking notes to help identify the most relevant information in their sources.