Foreign Language and English Enhancement Program
The English Enhancement Program is designed to assist foreign professionals in the development of conversational skills in English. The classes are directed to those professionals who have already studied the grammatical principles of the English language, yet are still unable to converse fluently. The emphasis in the classroom is on the following aspects of the spoken language: correction of pronunciation, intonation, common English speech patterns, vocabulary building, idiomatic usage. All classes are offered on a noncredit basis.
In addition, a program of English as a Second Language (ESL) is offered for the beginning student, incorporating writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. Cultural aspects of American life and grammatical instruction are integral parts of the curriculum.
Classes are small, with a minimum of five students. Classes are held for 90 minutes once a week for six weeks. Classes are divided into sections, matching the level of proficiency of the students. English classes are held in the Bayou Building and are also available at the worksite.
Course participants may receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) upon satisfactory completion of their classes. CEU registration forms may be obtained by calling: 281-283-3033. There is a $10 charge for CEU certificates.
Registration for a foreign language may be done by mail, fax, or phone. Fees are payable in advance for the entire session. Fees are not refundable except to students who withdraw before the first class meeting, ($30 will be deducted from refund checks), or a credit will be given for the next session. Students may pay by Mastercard, Visa or Discover. Parking stickers may be obtained from the University Police for UHCL parking lot D.
Text Books and Audio Materials
Tuition fees do not include books and audio materials. Some textbooks are sold in the University Bookstore.
Foreign Languages Offered
Arabic 101 (elementary). Text: Alif Baa – Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds by Kristen Brustad.
Arabic 201 (intermediate). Text: Al – Kitaab fii Ta’allam al Arabiyya by Kristen Brustad.
These textbooks are readily available at online vendors.
Mandarin Chinese offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text: Communicating In Chinese by Cynthia Ning; published by Far Eastern Publications, Yale University.
French offered at all levels from beginner (no previous study) to advanced. Text for all beginner and intermediate levels: Panorama by Jacky Girardet and Jean-Marie Cridlig: published by CLE International.
Text for advanced level: Le Nouveau Sans Frontières IV by Philipe Dominique, Jacky Girardet, Michèle Verdelhan and Michel Verdelhan; published by CLE International.