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Becoming an Effective Teaching Assistant (BETA)




This programme is designed to equip potential candidates for Teaching Assistantships with the skills to get started in supporting classroom teaching and enhancing student learning.

The programme consists of four online modules: "Supporting Learning and Teaching at PolyU", "English for Instructional Purposes: Interacting, Eliciting and Questioning", "Marking and Grading" and "Conducting Tutorials". Please refer to the sections below for the schedule and details of the modules.


Issuance of Certificates

A Certificate of Attendance will be given to participants who have completed all modules and finished all online assignments.


You can download the Certificate of Attendance via EDC Certificates System.

Module Title
Description of the Module
Online Asynchronous Modules
Supporting Learning and Teaching at PolyU This module discusses the roles and responsibilities of teaching assistants at PolyU. It provides ideas and tips for TAs to contribute to a positive environment in the ever-changing higher education sector. 6 hrs
English for Instructional Purposes: Interacting, Eliciting and Questioning This module focuses on three key features of English for Instructional Purposes: interacting, eliciting and questioning. There will be exercises and activities relating to the use of English as the main language of classroom management to foster student interaction and effective learning.
Marking and Grading This module introduces the ways of conducting different types of tutorial, including problem-solving tutorials, case-study based tutorials. It also discusses related issues and concerns.
Conducting Tutorials This module helps participants to grade according to criteria and give feedback to help students learn.

A Synchronous session (briefing) is conducted via Blackboard Collaborate

1 hr

Modules have required surveys and tests at the end to track completion.

Homework assignments 3 hrs
Total hours 10 hrs



Online Briefing Session

30 November (Thu)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online Synchronous

Supporting Learning and Teaching at PolyU

30 November - 12 December 2023
Online Asynchronous

English for Instructional Purposes: Interacting, Eliciting and Questioning

Marking and Grading

Conducting Tutorials

Registration will start at 12:00 pm, 16 November and will be closed once available places are filled.





Barbara Tam

Room TU 610,  2766 5108,

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