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Community English & Community Language Programs
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Community English & Community Language Programs

About Us

Welcome to the Community Language Programs (CLP). The CLP, which includes the Community English Program (CEP), is a unique and integral part of the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Programs at Teachers College, Columbia University. It provides quality and low-cost English and foreign language instruction to adult learners of diverse nationalities and backgrounds in the Columbia University and surrounding New York communities.

In addition, the CLP serves as an on-site language education lab in which TESOL and Applied Linguistics faculty and students enrolled in the masters and doctoral programs teach the courses and use the CLP as a setting for empirical inquiry. Here at Teachers College we believe that observation and classroom research are the best way to learn about how we teach and gain insights into how teaching might take place. Thus, we encourage observation and classroom research and want people to use it as a tool for learning. Ongoing assessment and program evaluation allow us to make the CLP a better program.

The Community English Program (CEP) is a program within the CLP dedicated to teaching English as a Second Language. Teachers College students teach in the CEP as part of their practical training. They teach three times a week in pairs, sharing a class with another teacher. TC students can teach in the CEP by registering for one of the teaching practica offered each semester in the TESOL department. The practica vary from semester to semester, but some of the most frequent ones are Reading, Listening, Grammar, Writing, Using Media, etc. For specific practica offered in the current semester, check the TC schedule of classes. In addition to teaching, the practica teachers meet once a week for a seminar with their professor.

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