English for International Teaching Assistants Program

English for International Teaching Assistants Program

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

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

According to Graduate School 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 the condition that the student enroll in an English-language course during the first semester of their appointment and be assigned to other duties that will prepare him or her 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 submit a completed English Proficiency Evaluation Request Form to 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. Click here for EINT course descriptions.

Information about other ESL programs at Brown and in the community can be found below:

Workshop sign up page  is automatically updated with workshops as they are scheduled. Other valuable on-campus resources for ELLs are  language partners and the International Writers' Blog.