Language Support

Language Support courses are designed for international UConn students who have at least an intermediate level of English proficiency. 

These courses are open to any active UConn student with a Peoplesoft number including: UCAELI Students, Graduate students, Undergraduates, and Non-Credit.

Our two language support offerings will be combined for the Fall 2022 semester.  Students who need to take Communication Skills or Pronunciation have the same meeting times and location.

Oral Communication/Presentation Skills

Fall 2022

Days: Wednesdays

Dates: 9/14/22 – 11/16/22 (10 weeks)

Time: 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: CISS Building – 2019 Hillside Road, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Course Fee: Free for all students

Course Description:

This course will help participants develop oral skills necessary for academic success as a student, instructor, or presenter, as well as discussion and conversation skills necessary for every day communication. In the first session, participants will work on identifying problem areas and setting goals. The specific contents will then be determined based on the group’s needs and interests, but usually will include an overview of American English pronunciation, characteristics of effective presentations, expectations of American academic audiences, and aspects of cross-cultural communication. Participants will work on a variety of strategies to evaluate and develop their language and presentation skills. Participants will leave with a plan for continuing improvement beyond the course.


Focus on Pronunciation

Fall 2022

Days: Wednesdays

Dates: 9/14/22 – 11/16/22 (10 weeks)

Time: 5:15 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: CISS Building – 2019 Hillside Road, 2nd Floor Conference Room

Course Fee: Free for all students

Course Description:

In this course, participants will develop skills and strategies to work on their pronunciation both in and out of class. The goal is not to eliminate a foreign accent, but instead to help participants develop a command of spoken English that enables them to convey and understand intended meanings and attitudes. Individual sounds, sound combinations, stress, vowel reduction, linking, rhythm, intonation, focus, pauses, and conversational speech will be addressed. Content can be adapted to suit the groups’ needs.


Cancellation Policy
Email register-ucaeli@uconn.edu to request a class cancellation. Students who provide written cancellation requests before the university’s last day to add/drop a course will receive a refund. Cancellation requests made after the University’s last day to add/drop a course will not be honored.

Please click here to register for a UCAELI Language Support Course.