GTF English Language Requirement

Non-native speakers of English who accept graduate teaching fellowships (GTF) for teaching-related positions must submit to a test of their English-speaking ability. The following tests are accepted. Individuals who score below the minimum scores as noted will be required to attend language support classes (at no additional charge to the student) and may be subject to limitations on the kinds of activities they may carry out as GTFs.

If a passing iBT TOEFL, IELTS, or TSE score is not submitted to the Graduate School in advance of arrival on campus, the student must take the SPEAK test administered at the University of Oregon prior to the first term of his/her GTF appointment. The cost of the SPEAK test is $35. This cost is waived for those who have GTF appointments during the academic year in which they take the test, in accordance with the UO-GTFF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Appendix D. Students for whom the TOEFL/IELTS is waived for admission to their graduate program are still subject to these requirements if they are placed in teaching-related GTF assignments.

Test of Spoken English (TSE)

Minimum score: 50

Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL Speaking Score

Minimum score: 26

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Academic Module Speaking Band Score

Minimum Score: 7

Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK)

Minimum score: 50

Fall 2013 SPEAK Test Schedule

Tuesday, September 24
Pacific Hall, Room 113
Tests take 30 minutes and begin at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. (also, 7 p.m., if needed)

Please review the Guidelines for the Assignment of Non-native English Speaking Graduate Teaching Fellows. If you have questions about these guidelines or the Language requirement, please contact the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, 541-346-2807.


IGTF Language Support Courses

GTFs who score below 50 on the SPEAK Test will be required to attend one or both of two language support coursesoffered specifically for GTFs through the American English Institute (AEI). They are called Oral Skills and English for Classroom Communication. For more information about these courses, please contact Trish Pashby at AEI ( They are scheduled as follows:

Oral Skills

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00-11:50 AM in Fenton 117

Instructor: Char Heitman

English for Classroom Communication

Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00-2:50 PM in Pacific 115
Instructor: Trish Pashby


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