Assessment of English Proficiency

Rutgers University requires that graduate students who are learners of English as an additional language and have been awarded a teaching assistantship take the Versant English Placement Test (VEPT). The VEPT assessment ensures that incoming ITAs have the academic English language skills required to work with undergraduate students. Please note this is a requirement for all ITAs in all graduate departments.  

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Courses

16:356:590 – Foundations of Teaching Assistant Communication in the United States (3 Credits)

This three-credit graduate course provides the foundational listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills needed for graduate students who speak English as an additional language to successfully perform duties as teaching assistants in their respective departments. Students will be introduced to conventions and expectations of the U.S. classroom, diverse teaching methodologies, and the linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural components of effective U.S. English communication. This course is a requirement for graduate students who have been awarded a teaching assistantship and who do not have the proficiency level required by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS). Successful completion of 16:356:590 and 16:356:591 is required for SGS certification as an international teaching assistant. 

16:356:591 – Teaching Assistant Seminar and Practicum (3 Credits)

This three-credit graduate course prepares graduate students who speak English as an additional language to successfully perform duties as teaching assistants in their respective departments. In this course, students will further develop their understanding of conventions and expectations of the U.S. classroom, standards of quality teaching within the disciplines, and the linguistic, rhetorical, and cultural components of effective U.S English communication. Students will engage in instructional tasks in their respective departments, appropriate to their level of TA experience, with supervision from their course instructor. Successful completion of this course is a requirement for graduate students who have been awarded a teaching assistantship and who do not have the proficiency level required by the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) for certification as an international teaching assistant.

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