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Program Overview

chatELC Participants at Semester-End Dinner at Tin Angel
chatELC Participants at Semester-end Dinner at Tin Angel.

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.

Participant Requirements:

  • Be a spouse or partner of a member of the Vanderbilt Community
  • Commit to consistently attending the 11 weeks of group meetings (one semester)

Participant Profile

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.


chatELC, please email to register. Registration is currently open.

Date, Time, and Location

The Fall 2016 session will run from September 12 until November 28. Group time and location are decided during the registration period.

Frequently Asked Questions

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. It 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 10.

How many times does the group meet?

Groups meet twice a week for 11 weeks during the spring and fall semesters and twice a week for 3 weeks 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:

Catherine E. Knepp, chatELC Student Manager
Tel: +1 615-322-2277

Amanda M. Wojcinski, chatELC Student Manager
Tel: +1 615-322-2277

Catherine Holsen, ESL Instructor, chatELC Supervisor
Tel: +1 615-322-2277