Those persons needing instruction can pursue several options. One option is for the student or faculty member to enroll in TWU's noncredit, continuing education course entitled "English for Communication: A Course for Teachers Whose Primary Language is Not English." This course will be taught by faculty members from the Department of Reading and Bilingual Education or the Department of English, Speech, and Foreign Languages. In addition, the Director of International Studies and Programs at the University of North Texas has indicated a willingness to establish procedures whereby TWU students and faculty can participate in the University of North Texas' Language Certification Program for International Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Research Assistants. Instructors or students can also engage individual tutors. The instructor or student must continue to seek this instruction until she/he can attain a satisfactory score on the TSE.
TWU has developed the following plan to comply with House Bill 638 (English Language Proficiency for Faculty Whose Primary Language is not English). The University affirms that all courses (with the exception of foreign languages) will be clearly taught in the English language.
All faculty position announcements will clearly state that applicants must possess excellent communication skills.
The interview process will be used as an initial means of identifying faculty members who must receive special instruction.
Assessing Faculty Language Competence
Faculty members who can demonstrate that their primary language is English on the basis of country of origin, academic training, or other credible evidence are understood to be excluded from coverage of House Bill 638.
Departments and colleges will need to take particular care with part-time faculty and non-tenure track lecturers, especially those newly hired for the first time and hired very close to the beginning of classes. Any such faculty members required to go through the interview and/or testing process should be informed in writing that their position is contingent upon completing that process. Furthermore, should their proficiency in English be found insufficient, they will have to remedy that deficiency.
This policy applies equally to all teaching assistants charged with a primary responsibility for teaching.
The Program for Compliance
Each instructor at TWU will be asked to complete a statement identifying her/his primary language.
Each instructor whose primary language is not English will be required to take the "Test of Spoken English" (TSE) from the Educational Testing Service.
Any instructor who fails to achieve a score of at least 50 on the TSE must engage in a specific program of study until she/he attains a satisfactory score. These options include: l) enroll in the noncredit, continuing education course at TWU entitled "English for Communication: A Course for Teachers Whose Primary Language is Not English"; 2) enroll in the University of North Texas' Language Certification Program for International Teaching Assistants, Teaching Fellows, and Research Assistants; or, 3) seek individual tutoring.
According to the law, the cost of an English proficiency course or other expenses will be paid for by the faculty member lacking proficiency in English.
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