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English Language Proficiency

The Center for Teaching Excellence’s English Language Proficiency (CTE-ELP) program is a linguistic service provided to international instructors (and prospective instructors) who wish to improve their spoken English skills.
The CTE-ELP supports the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning by encouraging effective oral communication among Texas A&M professors and teaching assistants, pursuant to meeting the English language proficiency requirements set by OGAPS and the State of Texas (Sec. 51.917). Support services are included in international student fees and are at no additional cost to the recipient.
We provide individual consultations, group and pair practice, and computer-based pronunciation coaching. For details, see CTE-ELP Services in Detail. The recommended starting point is a one-time private diagnostic consultation called an "Intake Assessment." To schedule your intake assessment, log in at http://swan.tamu.edu/cte. To register for a practice group (workshop), log in at ers.tamu.edu and search for "English Language" under Event Name.

During the months of August, September, and January, you may experience a delay in service because we are prioritizing new teaching assistants with Level 2 English proficiency. If you are interested in participating in our program but cannot find an available appointment slot, please complete our Waitlist form and check back in a few weeks.

Questions about services or English proficiency policies?
Please call the Language Lab at 979-458-3966 or email cte@tamu.edu.
The CTE-ELP program is staffed by two English Language Proficiency Consultants (applied linguists with expertise in academic ESL for adults) and a team of student workers with an interest in cross-cultural communication.
           Brandon Cooper                  Ginessa Payne                      
           979-458-4203                        979-458-9277                              
           bcooper@tamu.edu              glawsonpayne@tamu.edu

Offices and language lab are located on the second floor of the Liberal Arts and Humanities building (LAAH).
Upon arrival for an appointment, please check in at the CTE-ELP Language Lab, LAAH Room 232. Workshops are held in various locations on the College Station flagship campus.


The CTE-ELP does not administer the ELPE (Texas A&M's English Language Proficiency Exam). For questions about the ELPE, please contact Testing Services at http://testing.tamu.edu/Exams/ELPE.

The CTE-ELP does not certify students for English language proficiency. Certification is only done via tests (such as the TOEFL speaking section, the IELTS interview, and the ELPE). Alternative certification is possible for citizens of certain countries (see "Required Documents: 5. PROOF OF ENGLISH PROFICIENCY") and for international students who received a baccalaureate degree following four years of study at an accredited institution in the U.S. Learn more about language certification here.

The CTE-ELP does not offer semester-long courses. Instead, we offer a more flexible and personalized model that allows faculty and graduate students to begin participation at any time and work strategically and efficiently on their individual areas of weakness, in a way that fits their busy schedules.

The CTE-ELP focuses on spoken English useful for instructional interactions. We serve faculty members (including visiting scholars with teaching duties), teaching assistants, and international graduate students who anticipate becoming teaching assistants. For other language skills (such as writing), or for other people, additional resources for English as a Second Language Study outside the CTE-ELP are available.



The conversation partner program will begin on Wednesday, January 24th with a kickoff event, and will continue throughout the semester. This opportunity is available for current and prospective TAs who have completed an intake assessment. TAs will be matched with an American undergraduate student and will meet with them weekly. Undergraduates can volunteer as conversation partners here.

A 10-week series of practice groups for international instructors starts at the end of January. This is an excellent opportunity to develop confidence, clearer pronunciation, vocabulary for teaching, and a better understanding of the culture and philosophy of American education. Current and future TAs are especially welcome. Learn more (including schedule and topics).

     CTE-ELP Services in Detail
     About Language Certification
     For Department Heads and Graduate Advisors
     Additional Resources for ESL Study
     OGAPS English Language Certification Policy
     Testing Services (ELPE)
     CTE-ELP Open House 2017 PowerPoint