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The ELC works with departments and individual faculty to assist students with varying language strengths and objectives. The center advises on recruiting efforts, language requirements, assessment, language development, and intercultural competency.

The ELC also provides trainings to enhance interactions between faculty and students who are non-native English speakers and to assist VU faculty, staff, or researchers preparing to travel abroad for scholarly purposes.

In addition, the ELC offers a seminar series exclusively for members at Vanderbilt who have a first language other than English. Details are here.

Information for Student Advising

For information regarding International Teaching Assistants (ITAs):

Requesting assessment of a student’s language proficiency:

  • complete or have student(s) complete the EAP registration for the semester of required enrollment
  • indicate that an assessment is requested and provide the department contact

Requiring a student’s enrollment in a language course in conjunction with a reduced academic load:

  • complete or have student(s) complete the EAP registration for the semester of required enrollment
  • indicate reduced-academic-load status and provide the department contact
  • the VU ELC does not issue I20s for full-time language instruction prior to matriculation

Requiring a student’s enrollment in a language course in addition to academic load:

  • complete or have student(s) complete the EAP registration for the semester of required enrollment
  • indicate department contact if reporting to the department is desired

Requesting an exclusively designed course*:

  • contact ELC director, Susan M. Barone, regarding programming content, fees, and scheduling

*An exclusively designed course ensures enrollment and focuses on discipline-specific content and associated academic-language skills.


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