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					                          ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

The graduate and undergraduate programs in speech-language pathology and audiology at
Washington State University welcome students from throughout the world and from all language
cultures. Applicants are advised that classes are conducted in English (Standard American English)
and students need to have English Language skills sufficient to read and write English at college
level, and listening and comprehensions skills sufficient to understand college level oral instruction.
Further, all students must participate in clinical practicum and must, therefore, have the receptive
and expressive English language skills needed to provide therapy to English speaking clients.
Students must be able to understand and analyze disordered English and be able to be easily
understood by those for whom hearing or comprehension is impaired. Proficiency and fluency in
comprehension and production of spoken English is prerequisite to the required clinical practica,
off-site practicum, and internship. If the applicant is not proficient or fluent in English, it is
recommended that intensive conversational English classes or speech therapy be taken before
beginning the program. Applicants not proficient or fluent in English should discuss with the
graduate program coordinator or other faculty member the possibility of being admitted as a non-
degree seeking graduate student.

Upon submission to the graduate program of all the materials for a complete application, the
program reserves the right to conduct a telephone interview with applicants whose first language is
not English. This interview will help the Admissions Committee determine whether or not the
applicant’s English is sufficient for them to be successful in the program. Admission can be denied
if, in the judgment of the Committee, the applicant appears not to have the English language skills
needed to meet classroom and clinical obligations.

All undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students as well as all newly admitted graduate students
are screened for speech, language, voice and hearing problems that might affect their ability to work
directly with clients. If deficits are identified, recommendations are made, including possible
therapy, to minimize the impact of the communication disorder.

In addition, foreign student applicants are reminded that a minimum TOEFL score of 550 is
required for admission to Washington State University.

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                            COMMUNICATION PROFICIENCY

Proficiency and fluency in the comprehension and production of spoken English is prerequisite to
the required clinical practica, off-site practicum, and internship. All students must participate in
clinical practicum and must therefore have the communication skills needed to provide therapy.
Students must be able to understand and analyze disordered English and be able to be understood by
those for whom hearing or comprehension is impaired.

All undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and newly admitted graduate students are screened for
speech, language, and hearing problems that might affect their ability to work directly with clients.
If deficits are identified, recommendations are made, including possible therapy, to minimize the
impact of the communication disorder. The program is committed to working with matriculated
students with communication disorders.




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