chatELC is a program designed to support the development of English fluency, situational English, and cultural competency of spouses and partners of current Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff through semi-structured English conversation groups. The conversation groups will be led by Group Leaders from the Vanderbilt community and meet for 11 weeks in the Fall and Spring semesters and for 3 weeks in the Summer term.
|chatELC participants at semester end dinner at Tin Angel.|
- Be a spouse or partner of a member of the Vanderbilt Community
- Commit to consistently attending the 11 weeks of group meetings (one semester)
These conversation groups are open to adults at any level of English proficiency, but designed for those with low to intermediate levels of proficiency, who are interested in discussing American and other participants’ cultures, learning about Nashville and the Vanderbilt community, and improving their conversational English.
If you are interested in registering for the Spring 2014 semester of chatELC, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Date, Time, and Location
Groups during the Spring 2014 semester will meet from the week of January 20 until the week of April 7 for a total of 11 weeks.
Group time and location will be decided during the registration period.
What is the difference between a group and a class?
chatELC’s groups typically do not have any homework or textbooks and are not for credit nor do participants receive grades. This is not a class and is separate from the General English for Spouses/Partners class.
What is a ‘Partner’?
This refers to same-sex domestic partners.
How many people are in a group?
There is currently a minimum of 4 participants per group and a maximum of 8.
How many times does the group meet?
Groups meet once a week during the Spring and Fall semesters and twice a week during the summer term.
Are children allowed at the groups?
Unfortunately, chatELC is unable to accommodate children/dependents under the age of 17.
If you have any further questions, please contact:
Matthew Wright, chatELC Student Manager
Paul Xu, chatELC Student Manager
Catherine Holsen, ESL Instructor, chatELC Supervisor