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Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program

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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.

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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 the course.

Academic calendar 2016 – 2017     Session 1 – registration June 26 – August 22     Classes – August 22 – October 7
    Session 2 – registration September 18 – October 10     Classes – October 10 – December 1
    Session 3 – registration November 1 – January 9    Classes – January 9 – February 27
    Session 4 – registration February 5 – 27     Classes – February 27 – April 14
    Session 5 – registration March 18 – April 17     Classes –  April 17 – June 2
    Session 6 – registration May 15 – June 5     Classes – June 5 – July 21

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?  


Contact Information

For more information contact
Christine Paul

Christine Paul
FLEEP Program Director
Tel. (281) 283-3033
Fax (281) 283-3407
Last updated: 06/28/2016 UTC
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