ACD 517–03: English
Language Competence and Employment of Teaching
To implement the Board of Regents’ policy to assure the
English language competence of graduate
Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual -
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost of
Graduate teaching assistants/associates whose primary
language is not English
All graduate teaching assistants/associates (TAs) whose primary
language is not English are required to be certified in their
English language abilities. Those individuals whose native language is not English will be tested with the Test of Spoken
English (TSE), SPEAK test, or the speaking portion of the iBT. For this group, the graduate teaching assistantship/associateship will not be effective until this examination has been passed.
The American English and Culture Program (AECP) will certify all
TAs who take the SPEAK test.
native language is other than English will not be permitted to
serve as TAs unless they have AECP certification.
The performance of all TAs whose native language
is not English will be assessed at least once a term (by midterm)
in the classroom by a tenured faculty member. Each semester or summer session, a report
on the class observation and an overall evaluation of the
TA’s teaching performance and English language ability
will be filed in the college.
Testing of International Teaching
All prospective graduate teaching assistants/associates
whose native language is not English will be required to take the
TSE/SPEAK test or score at an appropriate level on the iBT speaking section regardless of the type of instructional responsibility they
will be assigned.
- Graduate students whose native language is other
than English and who apply for a TA position at ASU will
be encouraged to take the TSE/Speak or iBT before arriving at ASU.
- ASU’s AECP will provide appropriately scheduled
opportunities to take the SPEAK test on campus.
- Test scores will be provided to deans and chairs/directors.
- Students scoring 55 or above on the TSE/SPEAK or 26 on the iBT speaking section will be permitted to
assume primary teaching responsibilities, e.g., serving as the
instructor of a class or leading discussion groups. Students
scoring 50 or above will be permitted to assume secondary teaching
responsibilities, e.g., as a laboratory teaching assistant, reader
of tests, etc. Students scoring below 50 or 26 on the respective tests will not be given any
teaching responsibilities, until the student is certified by the
- Students scoring below 50 on the TSE/SPEAK or below 26 on the iBT speaking section will be encouraged to
enroll in intensive English classes to prepare to retake the
- Students scoring below 50 on the TSE/SPEAK test or below 26 on the iBT speaking section will
be required to take a noncredit seminar offered by the AECP. The
seminar will address three issues: pronunciation, cultural
differences in classroom behavior and educational expectations, and
- To pass the seminar and be eligible for an assistantship with
primary teaching responsibility, the student will be asked to make
at least a 15-minute teaching presentation before a panel of
language and/or instructional experts who will judge the
student’s ability on the basis of the student’s overall
ability to communicate. Academic unit representatives will be
invited to observe, but will not participate in the actual
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