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Other Spoken English Assessments

Exit Interview

The Exit Interview is an oral interview test to determine if 5040 students are qualified to “exit” these courses and move on to 5050. Because this exit test serves as a final exam, they are administered during the end of the fifteenth week of the semester.

The Exit Interview is a 15 minute “conversation” with two members of the Spoken English Program staff. The topics of conversation usually include general, non-academic questions which give students the chance to talk informally to the staff members for several minutes. Students are then asked to talk about some of the activities in their 5040 class and/or about their field of study.

The interviewers are interested in the pronunciation, fluency, listening comprehension and grammatical accuracy of the students. Success in future coursework requires a solid foundation in these skills.

Oral Proficiency Certification Assessment

The Oral Proficiency Certification Assessment (OPCA) is a performance test requiring students to give a teaching demonstration on an assigned topic from their discipline. The test is observed by a panel who evaluate the prospective teaching assistant’s ability to communicate in the classroom setting. The panel includes Spoken English Program staff as well as representatives from the student’s academic department. Satisfactory performance on this test Certifies the international graduate student to teach or to be Conditionally Certified while concurrently being enrolled in 5050.