Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

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International Teaching Assistants

Testing, training, and additional support

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is committed to providing quality testing, training, and support for the International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) that have been hired to teach classes, facilitate labs and discussion groups, and provide instructional support to SIUC faculty. The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) began assisting the Graduate School with testing and training in the early 1980s and has expanded the support it provides over the years.

Testing and Training

  • A week before the fall semester, ALL graduate assistants are required to participate in a pre-teaching orientation sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Potential graduate assistants should speak to their department about this.
  • International Teaching Assistants are required to attend one additional session, the ITA Orientation Workshop on Monday, prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
  • All ITAs who plan on teaching begin with the ITA Oral Proficiency Test. The sponsoring department must schedule the test. For testing information, click here.
  • ITAs who do not pass the ITA test may be recommended or required to take the ITA workshop.

For more information, contact Catherine Caldwell at the Center for English as a Second Language by e-mail at or by phone at 453-6537 or the Center for Teaching Excellence webpage.