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The International Center for Academic and Professional English at Lehigh University helps multilingual speakers of English improve their communication skills with flexible, student-focused program options that are grounded in evidence-based practice and connected to the resources of the larger university community.

Part of a robust academic advising structure, ICAPE is more than English as a Second Language (ESL). Our dedicated team of professional instructors offer non-credit and credit courses, workshops, tutoring and testing services to help multilingual speakers of English improve their writing and communication skills as well as their academic and social integration. We also offer intensive English pathway programs for Conditional Admissions to Lehigh University.

ICAPE is located in Maginnes Hall 246.

Announcement: Winter 2021 Opportunity

Internship in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Dates: January 4, 2021 to February 28, 2021 (internship placement work for a mimimum of 6 weeks)

This non-credit internship is for undergraduate as well as graduate students who have little to no experience teaching English to speakers of other languages but who have an interest in learning about teaching in the U.S. and overseas. The internship program involves virtually meeting with a teacher in the U.S. or overseas, virtually observing and participating in their class, and meeting occasionally with the internship manager to reflect on your internship experiences. A final e-portfolio reflecting on your internship experiences is required. This is an unpaid internship. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion.

Apply for an Internship: Click Here

Application Fee (non-refundable): $25 Click Here

Application Deadline: December 18, 2021 (acceptance by December 22)

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Considering the global spread of different varieties of English and the various ages at which students achieve proficiency in the language domestically and internationally, the single term “ESL” no longer characterizes the rich diversity that they bring to campus. The term “multi-lingual speaker of English” captures a broader variety of more proficient English users.

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