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Language Proficiency Assessment Results

Oral language assessment

The International Teaching Assistant Program (ITAP) reviews the evaluations and assigns a language-proficiency level between 0 and 4. This result is sent to the candidate and to the candidate's teaching academic program and college.

Please note that language assessment results do not guarantee a TA/RA/GI position; they only determine eligibility.

ITAP Language Proficiency Assessment
1 - Supervised Oral Contact

Can provide limited assistance to individual students when supervised appropriately.

Key: Never unsupervised because of language breakdowns

Appropriate activities include the following:

  • Assist an instructor or another TA in a classroom, laboratory or office (ex: assist students with lab equipment, proctor tests, handout/collect papers, verify attendance)
  • Work with students individually and in small groups
  • Assist in answering questions when supervised by an instructor or another TA
2 - Short, unsupervised interactions
Can explain major ideas or steps logically. Words and ideas are consistently comprehensible.

Foreign Language Instructors: Most information is delivered into the target language using English for short explanations when necessary.Key: Short (5-10 minustes) presentations of basic ideas related to previous classroom lecturesAppropriate activities include the following:

  • Inform undergraduates of safey protocols and maintain a safe environment throughout the laboratory experience
  • Explain actions that students must take to complete a laboratory when relevance to theory and principles was previously explained in lecture
  • Give explanations that are reinforced by visual representations or models
  • Hold office hours to answer individual questions
  • Work with students individually and in small groups to answer questions and assist with equipment or calculations
3 - Long explanations; concepts previously introduced by course instructor

Can interactively explain logical reasoning with sufficient detail when solving problems. Can reword/simplify explanations and definitions to aid comprehension and respond to student needs.

Key: Reviews or develops previously-introduced materials with students.

Appropriate activities include the following:

  • Receive teaching materials and information from the coordinating faculty member
  • Review information previously introduced in lecture
  • Facilitate discussion and problem solving
  • Help students apply previously learned information to specific problems and/or cases
  • Conduct pre-lab orientations including relevance to previously introduced theory and principles
  • "Guest lecture" when the course instructor is present
4 - Long explanations of new concepts; the primary source of all information

Can effectively and efficiently explain complex concepts with detail and linguistic sophistication.

Key: Delivers new materials to students

Appropriate activites include the following:

  • Independently lecture
  • Prepare lecture and course materials
  • "Guest lecture" in another instructor's class