Formerly known as the English Proficiency Interview (EPI), the Oral English Assessment Interview (OEAI) was renamed and moved into its new hosting department, Linguistics, in December 2022.
The Oral English Assessment Interview (OEAI) is an interview-based assessment for graduate teaching assistants. It is one of the means by which prospective international teaching assistants (ITAs) can demonstrate oral proficiency in English and fulfill campus policy and Illinois state law.
Illinois policy requires the following:
Graduate students who wish to be considered for teaching assistantships – which include TA appointments for face-to-face classes, blended and online instruction, accompanying/coaching, and office hours -- must provide evidence of spoken English language proficiency.