Required Certification of Oral English Proficiency

Program Effective Fall 2012

Oral English Proficiency Program

 

How the Certifications Process Works:

A graduate student admitted based on an ibT (internet-based TOEFL) score. . .

with an ibT Speaking score of 26 or above

and a Listening score of 24 or above,
is automatically certified for immediate teaching assignment upon submitting a copy of their subscores in person to the ITA Program before the end of the first week of classes.

with an ibT Speaking score of 24, 25, or 26

and a Listening score of 22 or 23
must schedule a Performance Evaluation (PE) with the ITA Program to be done before the end of the first week of classes.  If the student received a PE score of 50, 55, or 60, the student is fully certified for immediate teaching assignment.

with an ibT Speaking score of 23, 22, or 21

and a Listening score of greater than 17
must register for ESL 401 to be done concurrent with an initial teaching assignment.
with ibT Speaking and Listening scores lower than the admission requirements (Speaking 20 & Listening 17) must register for ESL 401 and can only be offered a TA assignment with minimal student contact, such as tutoring, office hours, or grading.  They must meet the minimum PE score of 50 before being a given teaching assignment with full instructional responsibilities

 

 

 

A graduate student admitted based on an IELTS (Internat’l Eng. Lang. Systems) score. . .

with an IELTS Speaking score of 8.0 or above

and a Listening score of 7.5 or above
is automatically certified for immediate teaching assignment upon submitting a copy of their subscores in person to the ITA Program before the end of the first week of classes
with an IELTS Speaking score of 7.0, 7.5 or 8.0 and an IELTS Listening score of 6.5 or 6.0 must schedule a Performance Evaluation (PE) with the ITA Program to be done before the end of the first week of classes.  If the student received a PE score of 50, 55, or 60, the student is fully certified for immediate teaching assignment.
With a IELTS Speaking score of 6.0 or 6.5 must register for ESL 401 to be done concurrent with an initial teaching assignment
with IELTS Speaking and Listening scores lower than the admission requirements (Speaking 6.0 & Listening 6.0) must register for ESL 401 and can only be offered a TA assignment with minimal student contact, such as tutoring, office hours, or grading.  They must meet the minimum PE score of 50 before being a given teaching assignment with full instructional responsibilities

 

A graduate student from another U.S. higher ed institution or a UIC graduate. . .

for whom the ibT or IELTS admission requirement has been waived

Must schedule an appointment with the ITA Program before the end of the first week of classes to determine whether a Performance Evaulation or ESL 401 coursework is required.

 


A student who does a Performance Evaluation (PE)*. . .

and receives a passing score of 50, 55, or 60

is automatically fully certified for teaching and has met the Oral Certification requirement

and receives a conditional score of 45

must register for ESL 401 to be done concurrent with an initial teaching assignment

*The Performance Evaluation is in the form of a video-recorded interactive mini-teaching session in which a student presents a topic appropriate to their field to a panel of 2 ESL professional evaluators.  To ensure an objective standard, an established evaluation scenario is used in all performance tests.

 

After completion of one semester of ESL 401. . .

All students

will be evaluated by a Performance Evaluation and the their oral certification status will be adjusted if appropriate.

Students receiving passing scores of 50, 55, or 60

are fully certified for a teaching assignment.

Students unable to reach this exit criteria by the end of one semester of ESL 401

are required to a take an additional semester of ESL 401 is the appointing unit intends to appoint this students as a TA in the future