GE English Language Requirement

Non-native speakers of English who accept graduate employee positions (GE) 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 and may be subject to limitations on the kinds of activities they may carry out as GEs.

If a passing iBT TOEFL or IELTS 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 the GE appointment. The cost of the SPEAK test is $35. This cost is waived for those who have GE appointments during the academic year in which they take the test, in accordance with the UO-GTFF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Appendix C. 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 GE 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


IGE Language Support Courses

GEs who score below 50 on the SPEAK Test will be required to attend one or both of two language support courses offered specifically for GEs through the American English Institute (AEI). They are called GRST 621: Academic Discourse and GRST 624: Teaching in US universities. Each is 4.0 credits and the courses are available for registration via DuckWeb (CRNs available through AEI). For more information about these courses, please see or contact Trish Pashby at AEI ( They are scheduled as follows:

GRST 621: Academic Discourse

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00-3:20

Instructor: Heitman

GRST 624: Teaching in US Universities

Fridays, 2:00 - 4:50
Instructor: Elliott

GRST 631: Graduate & Scholarly Writing I

Fridays, 9:00am - 11:50am Instructor: Pashby

Fall 2019 SPEAK Test Schedule


Friday, September 20, 2019
Yamada Language Center
Tests take 30 minutes and begin at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m.

You'll find more details about the SPEAK test, including a practice test, at the following link:

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 Jered Nagel,



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