International Teaching assistants must meet Missouri's English language proficiency statute.  By state statute, no international student may teach the first semester they are in country (exceptions noted in the statute).  Before International Teaching assistants are given a teaching position, their English oral abilities must be tested (the TOEFL used for admission does not count unless there's record of a speaking section).  Even ITAs from English-speaking countries, must take a course with a cultural orientation.  At UMSL, students satisfy this requirement with the ITA seminar, which also helps ITAs with classroom management and oral and written English.