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ITA Workshop and Assessment


International Teaching Assistant Workshop and Assessment

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English Programs for Internationals (EPI) is charged with assessing the English language fluency in speaking of all International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). These assessments allow the University of South Carolina to comply with the 1991 South Carolina law, "English Fluency in Higher Learning Act," that states:

"(C) Each public institution of higher learning shall establish policies to:
(1) ensure that the instructional faculty whose second language is English possess adequate proficiency in both the written and spoken English language."
        (Complete text at the bottom of this page.)

ITA Events:

The ITA Workshop prepares students for the assessment. This workshop is offered on the Tuesday of the week before classes begin in August (Agenda at the bottom of this page). The students must prepare a microlesson to present (Microlesson at the bottom of this page). There is NO registration for this workshop, but students must come to the workshop to be registered for the ITA Assessment on Friday of this week. If they do not come to the workshop, they will not be registered for the ITA Assessment.

If students are late arriving for the ITA Workshop and initial Assessment, their Graduate Directors may register them for Late Testing by emailing epi-info@epi.sc.edu by 5:00 PM on Monday of the week that classes begin. Late testing will be at EPI in Byrnes rooms on Tuesday of the week that classes begin. Students may not register themselves for this assessment.

If students do not pass the ITA Assessment in August, EPI offers a course for ITAs every fall semester to help the students improve their spoken English: ENFS 075 (click to course description).  The final exam of this course is another ITA Assessment. All ENFS 075 are automatically registered for this assessment.  Graduate Directors may register their students who are not enrolled in ENFS 075 for this assessment by emailing epi-info@epi.sc.edu by 5:00 PM on Monday of the week of Thanksgiving. Students may not register themselves for this assessment.

EPI offers an ITA assessment in January before classes begin. Graduate Directors may register their students for this assessment by emailing epi-info@epi.sc.edu by 5:00 PM on Monday the week before classes begin. Students may not register themselves for this assessment.

If a department needs for a student to be assessed to enable the student to teach in the summer, the Graduate Director can request a special testing by emailing epi-info@epi.sc.edu. Students may not register themselves for this assessment.

If there are questions regarding ITA Assessment, please email epi-info@epi.sc.edu.