International students whose native language is other than English are strongly encouraged to strengthen their English language skills, no matter how proficient they are currently. Taking the course AS.370.602 Accent Reduction will help.
- All students whose TOEFL speaking scores are 27/30 or higher are exempt from taking AS.370.602 Accent Reduction, but are strongly encouraged to take AS.370.603 Communication Strategies in the American Academia.
- All Ph.D. students whose TOEFL speaking scores are 26/30 or lower must register for AS.370.602 Accent Reduction and later strongly encouraged to take 370.603 Culture and Communication Strategies in the American Academia.
- For Masters students whose TOEFL speaking scores are 26/30 or lower:
- Those intending to apply for Mechanical Engineering Teaching Assistant (TA) positions must register for and complete AS.370.602 Accent Reduction before applying, and are strongly encouraged to take AS.370.603 Culture and Communication Strategies in the American Academia, as well.
- All others not intending to apply for a TA position are encouraged, but not required to register for AS.370.602 Accent Reduction and are welcome to take AS.370.603 Culture and Communication Strategies in the American Academia.
If you feel that your English-language skills are strong enough to avoid taking these remedial courses, you are welcome to participate in English-language assessments by the English Language Program for International Teaching Assistants of the Language Teaching Center (LTC)
Visit the LTC in 523 Krieger Hall to take the English-language assessment listening test and interview. Contact the Center for Language Education to arrange an appointment.
If you pass the test, you may drop the Accent Reduction course and you will be eligible to act as a Teaching Assistant right away. If the examiner “recommends” or “requires” taking AS.370.602 Accent Reduction, then our department requires you to take the course.
If you must take AS.370.602 Accent Reduction but there is a conflict with another course on your schedule, you may delay taking the course but cannot be hired as a Teaching Assistant until you take and pass the remedial course.
Students joining us in the Spring semester can take the remedial courses that semester or can wait until the next available pre-scheduled sessions the next Fall.