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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)

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 worked at UCAELI since 2001. She is the primary coordinator for International Teaching Assistant Services (ITAS). Jeannie holds a Ph.D. in Adult Learning from UConn’s Neag School of Education. Her main research interest is how classroom environments impact the development of self-regulation in adult English language learners.


Andrew Santos
Academic Coordinator

Tel: (860) 486-2127
Andrew has been teaching at UCAELI since 2012 and is currently the student academic advisor, coordinator of conversation partner programs, and office tech guru. After living abroad (Japan and Moldova) for several years, he pursued a Master’s degree in TESOL from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and graduated in 2011.


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.

Anna Brahimi
Matthew Brayfield
Pat Bresnahan
Anne Dauphin
Yunjeong Lee
Kelly McKenna
Krista Rogers