Michigan State University
Michigan State University
English Language Center
International Teaching Assistant Program

International Teaching Assistant Program

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

ENG 097: ITA Speaking and Listening Class

The English Language Center is offering two sections of ENG 097 during Fall 2017. ENG 097 is a 3-credit course in English pronunciation, fluency, and classroom culture and communication skills for current or prospective ITAs. Students in the course receive extensive pronunciation and fluency practice and opportunities to participate in micro-teaching sessions. They are also provided feedback on the effectiveness and cultural appropriateness of their teaching.

ENG 097 Sections for FS17

Section 1         T Th F               12:40 - 2:00 p.m.         218A Berkey Hall
Section 2        T Th F               3:00 - 4:20 p.m.           A328 Wells Hall

NOTE: The class begins meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 and concludes on Friday, November 17, 2017.

ENG 097 Eligibility

Students with an MSU Speaking Test score of 45 may take the course.

Students with an MSU Speaking Test score of 40 may be admitted to the course with the permission of the ITA Program coordinators. 


To register, eligible students must first make a request online through the MSU Speaking Test Online System. Prospective students in the course will then be contacted by the ITA Program coordinators with further information and instructions for reserving space in the course.

What happens at the end of the course?

All ENG 097 students take the ITA Oral Interview (ITAOI) at the conclusion of the class as part of the course requirements. Students who receive an ITAOI score of 50 or higher satisfy the English proficiency requirement for teaching assistants and can be cleared for teaching. Students who score below 50 on their first ITAOI may retake this test only once to try to meet the language proficiency requirement for teaching or may retake the MSU Speaking Test. Students who do not complete ENG 097 are not eligible to take the ITAOI.

For questions about ENG 097, contact 
ITA Program Coordinators Alissa Cohen and Laura Ramm

For questions about the MSU Speaking Test or ITAOI, contact 
The ELC Testing Office