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ESL|Modern and Classical Languages


English Oral Proficiency Interview:

Starting in May 2016, all prospective STATE-FUNDED international Teaching Assistants have to take an online Oral Proficiency Interview (OPIc). In-person Oral Proficiency Interviews on campus are no longer available. 

There are two options for those on campus and those still in their home countries. Both options cost $95 to be paid by the student prior to enrolling in courses at UW. The OPIc should be scheduled at least 10 days in advance. Deadline for students is one week before the term begins (Fall 2016: August 22, 2016).

1. The on campus OPIc is proctored by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.

2. The international Profluent+ can be scheduled online and taken prior to coming to Laramie, Wyoming.

The University of Wyoming has a regulation regarding Oral English proficiency skills for graduate teaching positions. Only students who are rated Advanced Low or higher qualify to teach as graduate assistants. Once students receive evaluations, refer to the following chart:

  • Intermediate Mid: student is qualified to do research
  • Intermediate High: student is qualified to grade papers
  • Advanced Low: student is qualified to teach a Lab or to lead a seminar (under supervision)
  • Advanced Mid and higher: student is qualified to teach a course (under supervision)

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