INTRODUCTION

MISSION

SIGN UP

DATES

CANDIDATE

REQUIREMENTS

GOALS

HISTORY

OVERVIEW

THE ORAL

INTERVIEW

FINAL CODES

REFERENCES

THE APPEAL

EXAM

 

PREPARING FOR

THE APPEAL

EXAM

 

TOEFL

REQUIREMENTS

 

THE INDIANA

ENGLISH

PROFICIENCY

EXAM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History of the TEPAIC at IU

In the fall of 1978, Indiana University at Bloomington began efforts to address the issue of Language proficiency among its Associate Instructors (AI's) whose native language is not English.  The AI Affairs committee of the Bloomington Faculty Council as well as an ad hoc committee in the Graduate School were charged to investigate allegations that, at times, undergraduate students encountered difficulty understanding the English of some AI's.  In November 1979, a report from the AI Affairs Committee was given to the Faculty Council.  As a result, the Committee recommended that a screening procedure be established.  A motion to do so was introduced and passed unanimously.

Subsequently, the former Center for English Language Training (now Second Language Studies) has since developed the Test of English Proficiency for Associate Instructor Candidates (TEPAIC).  The test, which was initially administered in the fall semester of 1980, determines whether or not international graduate students are proficient enough in English to "engage in the direct instruction of students" (Bloomington Faculty Council Minutes, Nov. 20, 1979).

With several different forms over the years, the exam originally consisted of a 15-minute oral interview and a two-and-a-half-hour written component, including a 45-minute composition and multiple choice TOEFL-like questions covering grammar, reading and vocabulary.  In spring of 2002, the multiple choice portion was dropped, changing the exam to a one-hour test with a 15-minute interview and a 45-minute composition.  Candidates were required to pass both the oral and written parts of the test.

In August 2003, it was decided to drop the 45-minute composition portion of the TEPAIC.  It was assumed that if candidates completed the Indiana English Proficiency Exam (IEPE) process, which is required for all non-native English speaking undergraduate and graduate students and which includes a written test, candidates would not need to have their writing abilities tested specifically for the TEPAIC.  In addition, as a new policy, all candidates were required to have a departmental memo or be included on a list from a department which intended to hire them as AIs before they could register for the exam.  Included in the 2003 changes, a second exam was designed.  Candidates who did not complete the TEPAIC successfully and received an "NC4" score are given the option of taking the Appeal Exam.

An optional test, the Appeal Exam last 30 minutes and includes a 5 to 10-minute oral interview, a 10-minute teaching segment, 5-minute office-hour role play, and a 5-minute question period.  The Appeal Exam is given within a few days after each TEPAIC.  The student who passes the Appeal Exam successfully is certified "to engage in the direct instruction of students at Indiana University."

In April 2006, a policy was introduced which waives the taking of the IEPE exam (and possible T101 language support courses) for those candidates meeting minimum TOEFL requirements.  Students who meet those requirements and have a department memo indicating that the department expects to hire them are qualified to register for the TEPAIC.

Since 1980, thousands of AI candidates have been screened.  Once English proficiency has been certified, individual departments have the sole responsibility of hiring international graduate students as Associate Instructors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last updated: 12 December 2013
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