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CTE-ELP Programming

International faculty and graduate students seeking the personalized support services of the CTE-ELP begin by scheduling an intake interview with the English Language Proficiency Consultants. At that interview, the ELP consultants perform a diagnostic assessment of their oral proficiency skills. The results of this diagnostic are then used to construct a personal improvement plan. Each plan is based on individual needs established during the diagnostic assessment and includes specific recommendations for activities, such as those detailed in table 1, below.
 
        Table 1. CTE-ELP improvement activities
  
Activity Description Correspondence to ELPE Target Audience
Private Consultation and Rehearsal Participants build upon pronunciation proficiency and fluency through strategic readings, practice motor control of the vocal tract, and receive feedback about their progress. Task 1: Reading
 
(careful language production)
Group 1
 
(Groups 2 & 3 as appointments are available)
Language Laboratory with Pronunciation Software Participants develop listening discrimination of English pronunciation, knowledge of the features and manipulation of the vocal tract, and automaticity. Task 1: Reading
 
(careful language production)
Groups 1-4
Group Practice & Discussion Sessions Participants rehearse functional language for instruction; learn to anticipate and repair common communication breakdowns; develop peer support, suprasegmental skills, and fluency; and cultivate an awareness and appreciation for diversity and cultural differences. Tasks 2 & 3: Presentation and Interview
 
(formal, planned and casual, extemporaneous language production)
Group 1
 
(Groups 2 & 3 as space permits)
 
Teaching Observation with Feedback Participants receive observation and feedback from an ELP Consultant to assess their linguistic performance in action. They additionally practice self-assessment skills. Task 2: Presentation
 
(formal, planned language production)
Group 1
 
(Group 3 as time permits)
Weekly Conversation Partners Participants develop fluency and an awareness & appreciation for cultural difference in the classroom through an application of pronunciation knowledge via authentic dialogue with a native speaker of English. Task 3: Interview
 
(casual, extemporaneous language production)
Group 1
 
(Groups 2 & 3 as appointments are available)
Pronunciation Workshops Participants develop phonological awareness and familiarity with CTE-ELP services. Task 1: Reading
 
(careful language production)
Groups 1-4
 
GROUP 1
Group 1 participants receive regular formative assessment from English Language Proficiency Consultants during their time working with the CTE-ELP program. Twice each semester (at midterm and final), they receive a report documenting their participation and progress, which they can share with their advisors.  Once students become eligible to do so, they can retake the EPLE and certify their proficiency.

LAB WORKSTATIONS
Most workstations in the Language Laboratory are designated for Group 1 use, but at least one station each semester is available to Groups 2-4 and can be reserved online from the CTE-ELP scheduling link HERE . Likewise, all stations that are unoccupied and have not been reserved will be available on a walk-in basis for Groups 2-4.
 
OTHER SERVICES
Groups 2 and 3 also have access to other CTE-ELP services as space and time permit. For example, they may be assigned Conversation Partners, participate in Group Practice & Discussion Sessions, or receive Private Consultation if appointments are available after all Group 1 participants have been served. Call the CTE-ELP Language Lab to check on availability (979-458-3966).