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General English for Spouses/Partners

Program Overview

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GES Students at a Potluck Party.

General English for Spouses/Partners (GES) is a tuition-free course for VU community spouses/partners that helps non-native English speakers with a low to intermediate proficiency develop functional oral language skills commonly used in social situations through a series of listening, speaking, and reading activities.

The program was originally funded by a Peabody College Department of Teaching and Learning Instructional Improvement Grant and is currently funded through the ELC.

Participant Requirements:

  • Attend 11 weeks of class
  • Attend the class assessment night
  • Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis

Participant Profile

This English-language course is specifically designed for adults at the beginning to low intermediate levels. The course focuses on developing functional oral language skills commonly used in social settings. Through a series of listening, speaking, and reading activities, students learn to talk about common topics, and make simple conversation. To allow as many participants as possible to take part in the program, preference is given to language learners who have not not been enrolled the ELC’s General English class before.

Enrollment

General English for Spouses/Partners is offered in the fall and spring semesters. Apply for Enrollment (Fall 2017 only).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a “Partner”?

This refers to same-sex domestic partners.

Questions?

For more information about the course, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: jim.cracraft@vanderbilt.edu