The U.S. Department of State (DoS) mandates English language proficiency for all visiting scholars invited to the U.S. under the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa program (22 CFR 62.10(a)). Specifically, J-1 program sponsors are required by DoS regulations to establish, prior to their participation in the J-1 exchange program, that all visiting scholars have “sufficient proficiency in the English language, as determined by an objective measurement of English language proficiency, successfully to participate in his or her program and to function on a day-to-day basis” (22 CFR 62.10(a)(2)).
Instructions: The UA Little Rock faculty member conducting the assessment must complete the following form at the time of or after the interview. As you ask the following questions, assess the international scholar’s comprehension of and fluency in the English language. Record your assessment as instructed below.
Note: Each interviewer must conduct an independent interview and complete an independent assessment, resulting in at least two interviews and two assessment forms for each international scholar.