Since 1990, the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI), has provided English instruction to more than 3,000 students from countries throughout the world. UCAELI supports all students in pursuit of their goals by providing high quality instruction and access to the university's academic, professional, social and cultural resources. We look forward to welcoming you to our international community of language learners. Since 2002, UCAELI's intensive english program has been accredited by the American Association of Intensive English Program and  the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

The University of Connecticut American English Language Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period (December 2017) through (December 2027) and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

Our Mission

  • To provide students with quality language instruction that enables the achievement of their personal, academic and professional goals.
  • To maximize our students' access to UConn's educational, cultural and community resources.
  • To assist our students in their transition to mainstream academic courses.
  • To support university-wide needs for specialized English programs and services, including language instruction.
  • To provide our students and community with opportunities for international experiences and learning.

Meet the Team


Jeannie Slayton, Ph.D
Associate Director

Tel: (860) 486-2127
Jeannie has been working in the field of TESOL for over 15 years. Jeannie oversees the Intensive English Program and International Teaching Assistant Services. Through teaching and her research work, Jeannie became interested in how Intensive English Programs could encourage students to become more self-regulated, independent language learners. She contributed her expertise in the area of self-regulation to the development of the UCAELI curriculum and governing policies. This expertise combined with the expertise of the UCAELI instructors has resulted in an innovative, research-based teaching and learning approach that is highly effective with learners from all educational backgrounds.


Ali Schipani
Program Coordinator

Tel: (860) 486-2127

Ali joined UCAELI in November 2015 after working at various office around campus. She is a former UConn student who studied anthropology. She has her master's degree in anthropology and applied archaeology from Eastern New Mexico University.

UCAELI Teachers

All UCAELI instructors in the Intensive English Program hold Master’s degrees or Ph.D.s in fields including Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Linguistics, Communication Studies or English. All UCAELI instructors share a love of teaching and a passion for working with international students. UCAELI’s hiring practices affirm the TESOL Position Statement Against Discrimination of Nonnative Speakers of English in the Field of TESOL.

Pat Bresnahan
Anne Dauphin
Brenda Epifani
Yunjeong Lee
Stacy Kluczwski
Kelly McKenna