Iowa State University
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of English


TESL/Applied Linguistics: International Teaching Assistants Program

Overview Beardshearer

ISU's program for international teaching assistants has been in place since 1985. International graduate students who plan to take teaching assistantships in their departments are tested with a modified version of OECT, a performance test developed at ISU. OECT provides evidence of the teaching assistants' oral English proficiency in a classroom setting and identifies the specific communicative problems the new teaching assistants may have.

All international graduate students who are offered or considered for a teaching assistantship are required to take the Oral English Certification Test (OECT). The OECT consists of 2 parts - the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and the TEACH teaching simulation.

For more information about our ITA evaluation and training program, or about the OECT test in particular, visit the OECT Homepage or contact:

Dr. Elena Cotos
1116 Pearson
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa 50011, USA.

Phone: (515) 294-1958