Center for Teaching and Learning

A message from the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Please forward to the appropriate faculty and staff members. Thank you.

To: Directors of Graduate Studies (DGS) Assistants and HR Pros
From: Jeff Lindgren, Assistant Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

If your department employs graduate or undergraduate teaching assistants whose home language growing up was not English, now is the time to check UM Reports to make sure that they have attained the proper English Language Proficiency (ELP) rating to a hold TA position.

Please inform non-native English speaking students who will be TAs or instructors this year and whose ELP rating is lower than "1" that the University's policy requires them to either:

  • enroll in an International TA Program course (GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, or Foundations); or...
  • take the SETTA (Spoken English Test for TAs) if they wish to try to raise their ELP rating.
There is currently space available for students to take the SETTA from August 24 through September 2. Students are eligible for the SETTA, if in the last 12 months, they have taken neither a previous SETTA nor a course in the International TA Program (i.e., GRAD 5105, GRAD 5102, Foundations, or CSE: TALK). For more information or to register to take the SETTA test visit:

Departments may request exemptions to the English requirement by emailing the student's name, ID#, and reason for the exemption to me at  

For more information, feel free to call me at 612.625.3070 or visit the websites below:
International Teaching Assistant Program and Courses
English Proficiency Policy
Consultations For All Instructional Staff and TAs

Center for Teaching and Learning
University Office Plaza, Suite 400
2221 University Avenue SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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