What courses are offered for prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language?
The GSI Teaching & Resource Center’s Language Proficiency Program offers LAN PRO 380 (Language Proficiency Workshop) to prospective GSIs who do not speak English as a native language. The course is designed to improve the oral English skills you will need as a classroom teacher.

LAN PRO 380 is listed in the Schedule of Classes under the department name “Language Proficiency Program.” This course provides two units, and it is graded on a “Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory” basis.

This workshop focuses on the development of English language competence necessary for effective communication as a teacher in a UC Berkeley classroom. Prospective GSIs give videotaped presentations in front of their peers, receive feedback on language performance, and participate in discussions on issues of language and teaching. The course meets three hours per week with an additional weekly conference section. Students enrolled in LAN PRO 380 take the OPT at the end of the course.

Should I sign up for a Language Proficiency Program course?
If you want to become a GSI, but did not pass the Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) Speaking section, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test Speaking section or the OPT, or if you received a Versant English Test score of 50 or below, you should plan to take LAN PRO 380 for at least one semester. In order to enroll in LAN PRO 380, please complete the Language Proficiency Questionnaire if you have not already done so.  Based on your responses on the Questionnaire or your Versant or OPT test score, you will receive instructions by email on how to enroll in LAN PRO 380.

For additional information, please contact:
Language Proficiency Program
langpro@berkeley.edu