International Teaching Assistants (ITAs)

Florida State University and the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) take pride in providing academic language support for our International Teaching Assistants (ITAs). The ITA Program is part of the Graduate School and has been under CIES since August 2005.

The ITA program certifies the spoken English proficiency level of prospective TAs by administering the SPEAK test (an oral proficiency assessment) and reporting scores to departments. The program also offers several credit-bearing courses for TAs whose SPEAK score indicates the need for further language practice, as well as for graduate students who wish for additional English language development.

ITA Courses

Not every class is offered each semester. For more info please contact Maria Mendoza.

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The SPEAK test is an exam for evaluating the English speaking ability of non-native speakers.

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CIES offers a variety of workshops for international graduate students.

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ITA Faculty

A list of ITA faculty, instructors, and coordinators.

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CIES offers a vast array of resources to practice English skills and better prepare TAs at FSU.

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Frequently asked questions about the program.

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