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

About Us

PLEASE NOTE: The registration for ESL and special courses (Conversational English, Writing, TOEFL) is closed. The foreign languages (Spanish and Chinese) are still available, and the deadline for registering for those courses is September 8, 2015 at 5pm.

Welcome to the Community Language Program (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 program teach the courses and use the CLP as a setting for empirical inquiry. Thus, the CLP provides a fertile ground for a continuous synergy between teaching practice and theory.

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. TC students can teach in the CEP by registering for one of the teaching practica offered each semester in the TESOL department.  In addition to teaching, the practica students meet once a week for a seminar with their professor.

Click here to view our Fall 2015 Brochure!

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Upcoming Events

  • All Languages

  • Conversational English

  • ESL

  • P&S