Linguistics Graduate Teacher Program: 2014-2015 Schedule of Events

CU Linguistics Department Fall Teaching Intensive

This year, we're requiring all new and second year TAs and GPTIs to attend a teaching intensive training session on August 23rd. In addition to discussing the simple logistics of teaching and running a recitation, we'll discuss resources available (including the Graduate Teacher Program) as well as some of the problems you might face both in and out of the classroom. In addition, we'll have a microteaching session for all incoming TAs to help improve classroom presence and find strengths in teaching styles. To prepare for this microteaching, please prepare a 3-5 minute lecture (on any subject within Linguistics that you're passionate about); you will then present this lecture to your colleagues. Any questions can be directed to Nick Williams, nicholas.j.williams (at)

Fall 2014 Teaching Intensive Schedule: August 2014 (watch for updates)

10:00am - 10:15am -- Introductions
10:15am - 11:45am -- Microteaching
11:45am - 12:00pm -- Departmental logistics, Q&A
12:00pm - 1:00pm -- Lunch (on your own, no food provided)
1:00pm - 1:15pm -- What is the GTP and what can we do for you?
1:15pm - 1:45pm -- Running a recitation and grading (group discussion)
1:45pm - 2:45pm -- Expect the unexpected (group discussion)
2:45pm - 3:00pm -- What other campus resources are out there for you?

Location TBA.

CU Linguistics Department Fall Departmental GTP Workshop

LaTeX for Linguists: How a free software program can improve your tests, homeworks, IPA, bibliographies and dissertation

We'll discuss the use of the free and open-source LaTeX typesetting system for linguists, and how it can be used to make the following magic happen:

  • Make dissertations whose sections, images, and examples number and renumber themselves and whose references format themselves.
  • Make IPA characters which actually look good, and which work even with stacked diacritics above and below the baseline.
  • Make homeworks and exams which use the same file to generate the key and the student versions, and which make reordering questions for different versions easy.
  • Use BibTeX to organize your references and add them to your work by just including a single reference.
  • Do all of the above much better than MS Word, all for free and in a format that will be readable as long as computers are computers, and that's editable from your tablet of choice.
  • LaTeX has a learning curve, which we'll discuss, but once you've seen the magic, it's worth learning the spell!

Date and Time: TBA

Location: LING Conference Room

CU Linguistics Department Spring Teaching Intensive




1. Introductions
2. Teaching, Running a Recitation and Grading (group discussion)
3. Q&A
4. “But I’m not qualified to teach!”
5. Expect the Unexpected (group discussion)
6. What is the GTP and what can we do for you?
7. What other campus resources are out there for you?

Date and Time: TBA

Location: TBA

CU Linguistics Department Spring Departmental GTP Workshop

"Don't worry, we're all making this up as we go"


This workshop will talk about the "Impostor Syndrome" within academic life—that strange feeling that no matter your knowledge or position, you're somehow unqualified to teach/talk/write/publish in your field. We'll discuss its origins, ways to get around it, and how it can affect both your work and your classroom presence and teaching style.

Date and Time: TBA

Location: TBA




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