The mission of the English Language Programs (ELP) is to provide service to the University of Pennsylvania's community of students, faculty, and administrators and to foster the achievement of University and School of Arts and Sciences (SAS) goals through programmatic initiatives. The ELP is committed to providing programs that enhance the diversity of the Penn community and develop Penn's international dimension. The ELP strives for excellence in its educational endeavors, strengthening the link between theory, research, and practice. We strive to promote interest in and respect for all cultures. We value our ability to be flexible and responsive to clients' changing needs and to meet their expectations of effective and responsible programming. We are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes professional excellence. ELP faculty and staff provide service to and leadership in our professional organizations and support their standards. The ELP is self-supporting and contributes significant revenues to SAS and the University.
Programs and Services: The ELP offers instruction in English as a second or international language and exposure to the cultures of the United States. We also offer teacher training, testing, consulting services, and cross-cultural training. In addition, we contribute to the ESL profession as a whole by our work as researchers, presenters, and educators. To support all of our language and culture related activities:
Clients: The ELP's market is international, national, and local in scope. We serve adults whose purpose is to learn English for a variety of social, professional, academic, or personal reasons. Other clients include second and foreign language teachers, native speakers of US English who wish to communicate successfully with international colleagues and intermediaries who refer or sponsor individuals or groups for English instruction.
Unique Characteristics: As an integral part of Penn, a top-ranked major research and teaching university located in the city regarded as the birthplace of US democracy, the ELP makes available to its clients a rich range of university and community resources, including:
Vision: The ELP will strive for gains in the following three areas:
The mission of the Intensive Program is to provide high quality instruction and support to adult learners who want to increase their English language proficiencies to achieve academic, professional, and personal goals and to improve their understanding of the cultures of the United States.