Welcome to CAELC

English as a Second Language (ESL) services at the University are offered through the Center for American English Language and Culture (CAELC). CAELC is charged both to provide leadership on issues related to ESL/intercultural communication and to help members of the University of Virginia community attain the level of linguistic and cultural proficiency needed for success at a research university in the United States. See our visual fact sheet and our complete fact sheet (pdf).


News & Updates

CAELC Classes will begin the week of August 31st and ended the week of November 23rd. They will be held online. Course recommendations for Fall 2020 semester will be sent to students in the next few weeks.
Interested in the TESOL Certificate? Contact us at CAELC at caelc@virginia.edu!
We will hold our next SPEAK Test administration for prospective TAs in August and our next UVELPE in August.
Student recommendations were sent to departments in May. CAELC continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will send out updates on its Fall 2020 classes as they become available. Students should expect course placement emails in the next few weeks.

Our Summer English for Academic Purposes Program will be held online this summer. Click here for details and a link to our application.

"The classes and teachers are very fun and helpful. They really care about the student and want to help the students adjust quickly to the culture and environment here in Charlottesville. I am very thankful! And what's more, I have also made quite a lot of friends here! Thanks EAP program!"

- EAP Student