Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program
Learning a new language is fun at The University of Houston-Clear Lake!
The Foreign Language Program at the University of Houston-Clear Lake offers a variety
of foreign languages and English Enhancement for foreign professionals
Class Environment Classes are small, with a minimum of five students. Small classes mean that
students receive personal attention from the teacher, and they are able to form friendships
with others in a comfortable, stress-free atmosphere. Students come from all parts
of the Bay Area and represent all age groups and professions.
Instruction The emphasis is on the development of conversational skills, and the method
is totally oral. Students are speaking in the desired language from the first class
meeting, and the grammar is learned while practicing oral drills with other students.
These dialogues contain the practical vocabulary necessary for everyday situations
encountered abroad. The oral method encourages students to think in the language more
quickly than in traditional methods of language teaching.
Instructors The teachers all possess native fluency, advanced degrees in the language,
and experience in teaching with the oral method.
Text Books and Audio Materials Tuition fees do not include books and audio materials. Textbooks are for
sale in the University Bookstore.
Registration Registration for a foreign language class may be done online, by mail, or
in person in our office. Fees are payable in advance for the entire session. Fees
are not refundable except to students who withdraw before the first class meeting,($30
will be deducted from refund checks), or a credit will be given for the next session.
Students may pay by Mastercard, Visa, or Discover on our secure server. Parking permits
may be obtained from the Foreign Language Program Office for parking in lot D at the
low cost of $5.
Noncredit Offerings All classes are offered on a noncredit basis. If you have any additional
questions, please call the Foreign Language Program Office at (281) 283-3033.
CEU Credit Course participants may receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon satisfactory
completion of their classes. CEU registration forms maybe obtained by calling (281)
283-3033. There is a $10 charge for CEU certificates.
Foreign Language Program Office The Foreign Language Program Office, which is a part of Human Sciences and
Humanities, is located in the Bayou Building, Suite 1618.
English as a Second Language (ESL) will compliment our ongoing program of English
Enhancement for Foreign Professionals. In addition, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese
will be offered several times during the academic year. Persons who require special
accommodations in order to participate in a Foreign Language Program Course should
contact the office at (281) 283-3033 at least 10 working days prior to the start of
Academic calendar 2015 – 2016 Session 1 – registration June 26 – August 24 Classes – August 24 – October
Session 2 – registration September 18 – October 12 Classes – October 12 –
Session 3 – registration November 1 – January 11 Classes – January 11 – February
Session 4 – registration February 5 – 29 Classes – February 29 – April 15
Session 5 – registration March 18 – April 18 Classes – April 18 – June 3
Session 6 – registration May 13 – June 6 Classes – June 6 – July 22
Success Stories in English Enhancement for Foreign Professionals
In the thirteen years that I have been teaching English Enhancement for Foreign Professionals
at UHCL I have had the pleasure of helping people from more than twenty countries
improve their English communication skills. Among my students there have been several
who have succeeded in passing the TOEFL in order to continue their education at UHCL
or other American universities. Some have been able to find jobs with their new found
confidence in speaking English. I was happy when Ewelina, a young Polish woman I
taught three years ago, was able to find a position working in a local bank. Jenny
Lee from South Korea decided to teach English when she returned to her native country
after having been here a year with three English sessions under her belt last year.
Sylvia Laos from China took the classes last year to improve her English accent in
preparation for a presentation at the Smithsonian Institute about research on nutrition
for astronauts. She let me know later that it turned out very well, including the
question and answer session that she had been so concerned about. Then there is the
custodial staff here at UHCL who all worked very hard in the special English classes
I taught for over four years. However, Margarita Aramburo was my star pupil who rarely
missed a single class. Near the end of that time she was promoted to a lead position
and felt comfortable enough with English to take and pass the test to become a U.S.
citizen. I am so proud of her! The highlight of my teaching English Enhancement
here is having helped French astronaut Philippe Perrin become more proficient with
his English in the four years from 1997 to 2001 until his flight on STS 111 in 2002.
He became the first French astronaut to make three space walks from the shuttle in
order to work on the Hubble telescope during that important NASA mission. I continue
to enjoy teaching English Enhancement for Foreign Professionals and in the past two
years French as well! Come join a class! Are you ready for success?