Oral English Proficiency Program Department of English

Oral English Proficiency Program

The Oral English Proficiency Program (OEPP) works with University departments to support international graduate students who are, or would like to be, teaching assistants.

Purdue University benefits from the knowledge and talents of non-native, English-speaking graduate teaching assistants in many aspects of its instructional program. These persons bring an essential diversity of culture to the campus and thus enrich our total academic environment. These benefits cannot be realized, however, if there is a language barrier between instructors and students.

Before being appointed to a teaching assistant position, a student must be certified for oral English proficiency by one of the accepted methods. Students should work with departmental liaisons to register and prepare for the Oral English Proficiency Test (OEPT), and, if necessary, enroll in English 62000: Classroom Communication for International Graduate Students.

Students who would like ESL instruction are also encouraged to make use of campus and community resources.

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