Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Morris Library

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.
  • 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 Elisa Hunt at the Center for English as a Second Language by email at or by phone at 453-2265.