International Teaching Assistants

What is the International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program?

ITA ProgramThe ITA program (International Teaching Assistants) serves Arizona State University (ASU) academic departments that employ international students as teaching assistants, and ASU international graduate students who want to become teaching assistants. The program provides testing services, teacher training, and language support services.

The SPEAK Test, SPEAK Workshops, and the ITA Teacher Training Course are administered through the ITA Program, which has served more than 7,000 students over the past 28 years.

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Lori Doemland, ITA Coordinator

Speak Test General Information

The SPEAK test is the local version of the Test of Spoken English (TSE), authorized by Educational Testing Services (ETS) and administered at ASU through Global Launch. ASU does not accept other universities' SPEAK test results. It is an oral proficiency exam.

All prospective international teaching assistants (ITAs) must achieve a score of 55 or higher in order to be certified to assume full teaching responsibilities, such as serving as the instructor of a class or leading discussion groups. Students who score 50 will be certified with qualifications and may serve as lab assistants or tutors. Students scoring below 50 will not be given any teaching responsibilities unless they are certified through the ITA Teacher Training Course.

Rank Score Responsibility



Full teaching capacity

Certification (with qualifications)


Limited teaching, e.g., lab teacher

Not Certified


No Teaching responsibilities.  Students may elect to enroll in the ITA Teacher Training Course and/or Global Launch English classes.

The SPEAK test emphasizes communicative ability. In the test, students respond to questions, and their responses are recorded. The test questions are of a general nature and inform the raters about the examinee's oral communicative ability. Each test question elicits a particular function, such as reading a town map and giving directions or interpreting graph information. Two raters who take into account all communicative competencies score each test independently.

Global Launch provides at least 20 opportunities a year to take the SPEAK test (four in January, eight in August and at least one all other months). Scores are posted on PeopleSoft.

Speak Test Schedule

2015 Dates Day Time
April 3 Friday 4:30 p.m.
May 1 Friday 4:30 p.m.
June 5 Friday 4:30 p.m.

July 10


4:30 p.m.

August 3


4:30 p.m.

August 6


4:30 p.m.

August 10


4:30 p.m.

August 12


4:30 p.m.

August 17


4:30 p.m.

August 19

Wednesday 4:30 p.m.

August 21 

Friday 4:30 p.m.

August 28

Friday 4:30 p.m.

September 11

Friday 4:30 p.m.

October 2

Friday 4:30 p.m.

November 6

Friday 4:30 p.m.

November 20

Friday 4:30 p.m.

December 4

Friday 4:30 p.m.

December 11

Friday 4:30 p.m.
Speak Test Registration

Important Notes:

  • The SPEAK test fee is $48. This fee is nonrefundable/nontransferable.
  • The SPEAK test is available for ASU students only.
  • SPEAK tests may not be rescheduled.
  • Registration for the SPEAK test takes place through Global Launch in the Engineering Center Annex, Room 101. Office hours are 8:00 to 5:00. Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. one week before the scheduled test date and closes two hours before the test time.
  • The number of seats is limited; early registration is recommended.
  • Examinees need to register in person with an ASU photo ID.
  • Scores will be posted on MyASU within five working days. Students click "Transcripts and Test Scores".

For more information contact:
Lori Doemland, ITA Coordinator
Engineering Center Annex, Room 203  
Telephone: 480-727-2473

P.O. Process

Departments sponsoring students for the test can e-mail a P.O. to vendor code GLOBLAUNCH with student names, ID#’s and test name to Once receipt of the P.O. has been made, students may register for the test. Please inform students that the department is paying for the test.

Speak Test Workshops

Global Launch is pleased to offer a complimentary new service to bolster students’ success on the SPEAK test– the SPEAK Test Workshops. There are two workshops scheduled for Fall 2015.

Dates: July 31, 2015 and August 14, 2015
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: ECG 315

These free two-hour workshops cover the following topics:

  • The Language Lab and materials
  • Testing procedures
  • Test taking tips
  • Test preparation
  • Retrieving your score
  • How is SPEAK graded?
  • What if I don’t pass?
For more information, contact:

Lori Doemland at

ITA Teacher Training Course

The ITA Teacher Training Course is a no-fee course offered to international students who are candidates for a teaching assistantship. The seminar is a non-credit semester-long course which addresses language improvement, teaching skills, and cross-cultural training.

During the semester, each student is required to prepare at least four videotaped micro-teaching presentations that are evaluated by the instructor during tutorial sessions. At the end of the semester, a final videotaped presentation is used as an evaluation instrument by a panel of language and pedagogical experts.

Full certification by the panel is equivalent to a score of 55 on the SPEAK test, and a rating of certified with qualifications is equivalent to a score of 50. Those students who do not receive the above ratings are not certified and may reenroll in the ITA Teacher Training Course, retake the SPEAK test or enroll in one Global Launch eight-week intensive English class.

ITA Teacher Training Course Schedule

Schedule for Fall 2015 

Mondays and Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:45 p.m.
The first class meeting is Monday, August 24th in TBD.

The last class will meet on Wednesday, November 25th.

Registration Requirements

Qualified students must:

  1. Have taken the SPEAK test or the Interview Test and have scored at least 40
  2. Ask their department representative to send an email with their name, ID number, name of department, and a statement that the student is a candidate for a TA position. Please send emails to

Once we have received this correspondence, an enrollment link will be sent to the student so that he/she may enroll online.


Qualified students may enroll for classes for the Fall 2015 semester online.  (Coming soon!)

Early registration is recommended, as enrollment is limited.


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“I really recommend to everyone to take the ITA Teacher Training Course and enjoy the time as much as you can while you make new friends.”
– Paloma, Spain