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English Programs for Internationals

ITA Workshop and Assessment

International Teaching Assistant Workshop and Assessment

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 generally offered on the Monday of the week before classes begin in August (Agenda at the bottom of this page). However, in order to mitigate the possibility of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19, the ITA workshop will be offered via an online module on the Blackboard learning management system. To access the workshop, matriculated international graduate students with an offer to work as a Teaching Assistant will need to visit and log in with their UofSC username and password. (Students should have received information regarding how to claim their username and establish their passwords from the International Student Services office.) Once there, students will click the "Courses" link in the navigation menu on the left-hand side of the page. From the Courses page, students should click the "International Teaching Assistants Workshop" tile/link to access the module. Once there, they will click the "ITA Workshop" link to launch the module. (Please see the file attachment below for instructions with website screenshots.) Please note: Students who do not complete the online workshop module by August 9, 2021 will not be registered for the ITA Assessment, which will take place on August 13, 2021. If students are late completing the online ITA Workshop module or arriving for the ITA Assessment, their Graduate Directors may register them for Late Testing by emailing by 5:00 PM on Monday of the week that classes begin. Late testing will be at EPI in the Close-Hipp building on Monday of the week that classes begin. Students may not register themselves for this assessment. Graduate programs that fail to register potential International Teaching Assistants for the original testing must do so by the late testing date or their students will not be eligible to teach that semester.

For more information on the ITA Assessment itself, please the "Microlesson Assignment" attachment at the bottom of this page.

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 here to see ENFS 075 description). The final exam of this course is another ITA Assessment. All ENFS 075 students are automatically registered for this assessment. Graduate Directors may register their students who are not enrolled in ENFS 075 for this assessment by emailing 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. Details regarding the Spring 2022 ITA Assessment are forthcoming. NOTE: There is no ITA workshop in January. Graduate Directors may register their students for the Spring assessment by emailing 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 Students may not register themselves for this assessment.

For all questions regarding ITA Assessment, please email

Students who wish to fulfill the ITA requirement through the submission of evidence qualifying them for exemption must complete the online form at and upload relevant documentation. Simply completing the form does not automatically result in exemption from ENFS and/or ITA assessment. Rather, your request and supporting documentation will be reviewed and evaluated to determine if it fulfills the ENFS/ITA requirement and qualifies you for exemption from the ENFS Speaking Assessment, ENFS Writing Assessment, and/or ITA Assessment. Partial exemption, i.e., exemption from one test but not another, is possible. Note that you may not consider yourself to have fulfilled the requirement and qualified for exemption from testing until you have received written notice from the Asst. Director of ENFS/ITA informing you of exemption.

PDF icon Microlesson Assignment.pdf PDF icon SC Law.pdf PDF icon ITA Workshop Access Instructions.pdf