Center for Teaching and Learning

Information for TAs who are not native speakers of English

To be appointed as a Teaching Assistant, graduate students who are not native speakers of English are required (as stated in Graduate School Memo 15) to:

    1. Demonstrate proficiency in spoken English
    2. Participate in CTL’s International TA Program

Note exemption: non-native speakers of English who received a Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution are not required to demonstrate proficiency in spoken English or to participate in the International TA Program.

1.  Demonstrating proficiency in spoken English

To demonstrate proficiency in spoken English, most graduate students submit either a score of at least 26 on the speaking portion of the TOEFLiBT or a score of at least 65 on the Versant English Test.  (For information about other tests that are accepted, see Graduate School Memo 15).

Graduate students whose spoken English proficiency test results do not meet the requirements can demonstrate proficiency in two other ways:

To register for the Versant English Test

The Versant English Test is administered by UW’s Office of Educational Assessment (OEA). Please visit OEA’s Versant Test webpage for information about registration, fees and the Testing Center location .

For more information about the Versant English Test, see CTL’s Versant English Test webpage and the Pearson Versant English Test website.

2.  Participating in CTL’s International TA Program

TAs who are not native speakers of English are also required to participate in the International TA Program at the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). The International TA Program consists of two workshops at the TA Conference in September and ongoing support (optional workshops and/or individual consultations by request) during the year.

The goal of the International TA program is to support new TAs in their roles by addressing such topics as teaching methods, education in the U.S. and communicating effectively with students.

When you register for the TA Conference, you are required to sign up for the two International TA Program workshops on Monday, September 16, 2019:

  • Getting to Know UW Students: Overview for International TAs:  1:15-2:30 p.m., Kane Hall, Room 210
  • Panel Discussion with Experienced International TAs:  2:45-4:00 p.m., Kane Hall, Room 210

If you have any questions about the International TA Program or about the requirements, you can call the CTL at 206-543-6588, or send a message to itap@uw.edu.