Center for Language Studies

English for International Teaching Assistants Program

The English for International Teaching Assistants (EITA) Program evaluates the spoken English proficiency of international teaching assistants prior to their assuming teaching duties at Brown and provides English language courses for international graduate students who wish to improve their spoken English before they begin teaching.

English Proficiency Evaluations: International graduate students who have been awarded teaching assistantships and whose first language is not English will be tested upon their arrival for English proficiency.

According to University policy, if a student’s English language skills do not meet the minimum standards for certification, provisional approval of the teaching assistantship appointment may be made on condition that the student enroll in an English language course during the first semester of the appointment and be assigned to other duties that will prepare the student for teaching. Students who have not been certified at the appropriate level for the classroom or laboratory will not be supported as teaching assistants past the first year.

To schedule an English proficiency evaluation, please complete an English Proficiency Evaluation Request form and submit it to Center Manager Jill Stewart.

English Language Courses: The non-credit English language courses (listed in Banner as English for Internationals or EINT) are designed for international graduate students who require English language certification before serving as teaching assistants in their departments. Placement in all EINT courses is determined by the English proficiency evaluation. Other international graduate students or scholars may enroll as space allows. EINT course descriptions are available here.

English for International Teaching Assistants Program Faculty