The American English Language Program (AELP) offers American English for Academic Purposes (AEAP), a multilevel program designed to meet the language and academic cultural-adaptation needs of non-native speakers of American English. Classes in Pre-academic English, American English for Special Purposes (AESP) and courses in basic literacy, are offered through Continuing Education.
Following admission to the College, students are administered the ESL Accuplacer at the Assessment Center to determine their current level of American English proficiency, as required by College regulations. The students are then placed at the appropriate levels in core courses that emphasize American English grammar, composition, reading, speaking, and listening. Elective courses in collateral skills are available, including some content or "major" courses at the more advanced AELP levels. Throughout the program, courses emphasize all features of American English, including communication, critical thinking, and various skills necessary for successful college work in the United States.
Students study with American English, reading, and speech faculty. Students for whom American English is a second language are further supported by special counselors. In addition to classroom work, laboratory work is required both to satisfy course requirements and for needed practice in written and oral/aural communication.
The AELP Program at a Glance
AELP Phone Numbers
Dr. Jorinde van den Berg, Germantown Chair
20200 Observation Drive, HS/176
Angela Nissing, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Chair
7600 Takoma Avenue,
Takoma Park, MD 20912
240-567-1661 or 240-567-1378
Usha Venkatesh, Rockville Chair
51 Mannakee Street,
Rockville, MD 20850
American English Language- Writing Courses AELW 910, 920, 930, 940 (EL 101, 102, 103, 104) Course Descriptions
American English Language- Reading Courses AELR 910, 920, 930 (RD 101, 102, 103) Course Descriptions
American English Language- Listening & Speaking Courses AELS 910, 920, 930 (SP 102, EL 110, 111) Course Descriptions
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