News in the ELP

Book Fair and End-of-Semester Party

On Tuesday December 1, 2015, ELP students in levels 3 and 4 gathered to showcase posters they created after reading English novels while presenting to ELP instructors and classmates.

Later that week, ELP students gathered for an end-of-semester party to honor recipients of the Citizenship Award, play games, and relax before final exams.

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Proyecta 100,000 Farewell

On Thursday November 12, the ELP gathered to say good-bye to 32 Mexican students who participated in a four-week intensive English and culture program at PUC.

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ELP Students and PUC Students Come Together for Language History Exchange

Level 4 students resesarched the history of their language and met with students currenlty taking ENGL 237-the History of English to exchange information about each other’s language history for a project both groups are doing in their classes this semester.


ELP Celebrates CEA Accreditation

On Thursday September 24, a luncheon was held in honor of the English Language Program’s accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).  The luncheon was attended by all those who contributed to the accreditation process including English Language Program instructors and administrators as well as International Affairs staff.

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ELP Awarded 5-year Accreditation from CEA


The ELP is very proud to announce that the English Language Program at PUC has been granted accreditation for five years by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as the only specialized accrediting agency of English language programs and institutions in the U.S. 

Congratulations to everyone who was involved and assisted in the accreditation process, including ELP faculty, staff, administrators, and students.  Job well done!


Fall 2015 Pronunciation Workshops

This fall, ELP instructors will offer pronunciation workshops every Tuesday in CLO 237 from 12:45-1:15.  The topics include:

September 1               r and l

September 8              b and p

September 15            sibilants (the sounds in “usually,” “bridge”)

September 22            th

September 29            short i (“sit”) and long e (“seat”)

October 6                   v and w

October 13                 no workshop–Midterm exams

October 20                 sh and ch

October 27                 schwa (in unstressed syllables)

No sign-up required.  Just show up.  We hope to see you all there.

Spring 2015 Spelling Bee

The ELP held its annual Spelling Bee on Thursday April 23.  Congratulations to our winners!!

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Spring 2015 End of Semester Party

The PUC Challenger Center was the venue for this semester’s end of semester party where students viewed laser light shows, participated in space simulations, and took pictures in a space-themed photo booth.  Four students were nominated by their teachers for this semester’s Citizenship Awards, an award presented to one student from each level who routinely demonstrates positivity, leadership, and encouragement to classmates.

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Alumni Lunch

On Wednesday March 25, the ELP welcomed back some of its alumni for an afternoon of fun with former teachers and classmates.

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Fall 2014 End of Semester Party

The ELP celebrated the conclusion of another successful semester on November 20, 2014.

Highlights included Citizenship Award winners, student performances, games, food, and fun.  A poster presentation of novels the students read followed the party.

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ELP to Offer TOEFL Exam

Brazilian students studying in the ELP as part of the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program will have the opportunity to take the TOEFL exam for the second time this semester.

Date:  Friday November 21

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Location: Gyte 107

To help BSMP students improve their TOEFL scores, a special TOEFL-prep. session has been created


Join us on November 20 for a presentation by Dr. Mohammed Errihani, ELP Director

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ELP/Writing Center Partnerships

On November 13, Continuing Lecturer and Writing Coordinator Brian Hampson will conduct a training seminar for peer-tutors employed in the PUC Writing Center.  The session will focus on tutoring strategies and techniques when assisting English Language Learners with grammar.

In order to provide additional training to Writing Center peer tutors, each tutor will also observe ESL writing classes in action during the fall semester.  By observing specially-trained instructors and their interactions with students, tutors will learn firsthand the most effective ways to address the needs of PUC’s language learners.

International Education Week

ELP students participated in International Education Week (November 17-21, 2014) by creating poster presentations about the cultures of their home countries.  Students representing Saudi Arabia, China, Brazil, and Ecuador presented information about their countries’ cuisine, traditions, geography, and other interesting facts.

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Above: ELP Director, Dr. Mohammed Errihani, poses with students as he tries on traditional Saudi Arabian garb


Interested in Sharing Your Experience as an International Student?  

Enter to tell your story in the Fall 2014 ELP Video Contest!



ELP Outreach

On September 17, 2014 the ELP held a Brown Bag session for the PUC community featuring tips, strategies, and techniques for teaching international students in mainstream classes

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 Professional Development for ELP Instructors


Instructors and administrators attended the 2014 TESOL Conference in Portland, OR

(Participants include: Jennifer Rockafellow, Brian Hampson, Dr. Mohammed Errihani, Tatjana Mulina, Paul Quaintance, and Shane Dunkle)