Studying English is exciting, engaging, and interactive! The Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC) offers several courses for in-coming U.Va graduate students in academic oral communication, writing, and accent modification. CAELC runs approximately 12-15 classes in the spring and fall semesters to provide language support to graduate students, staff, and faculty pan-university.
Chinese Bilingual Faculty Program (CBFP)
CAELC partners with School of Continuing and Professional Studies SCPS to co-direct an 11 week program for visiting faculty from Jiangsu Province, China who study higher education and English in the U.S. Thirty-four professors studied oral academic English and classroom communication in fall of 2011, and 29 visited in the spring of 2012. CAELC trained and employed a total of 34 UVa students to assist with English services and to provide face-to-face cultural exchange. In addition, CAELC hosted lunches, tours, activities, coordinated classroom visits, administered assessments, and employed adjunct faculty to teach 6 hours per week of oral English classes.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
CAELC offers an intensive summer English-study program (EAP) for students matriculating into the university for the Fall. The program includes six hours of study a day in four areas: academic writing, reading and vocabulary developments, listening comprehension and pronunciation, and academic communication skills. In addition to the classes, CAELC provides workshops on topics relevant to students’ studies at the university and both educational and recreational trips to introduce them to the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding areas.
Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate
In partnership with the U.Va Linguistics Department, CAELC has recently developed this certificate program to help undergraduate and graduate students on grounds prepare as future teachers of English. Participants are required to complete fifteen credit hours in a series of courses in applied linguistic theory and language teaching pedagogy along with practicum credit which entails ninety-nine total hours of practice. During their training, students are able to assist with the Center for American English Language and Culture’s programs and classes as well as in the university Writing Center in Bryan Hall.