The English Language and Cultural Experience (ELCE) is a short-term program that combines language training with cultural activities. This program is typically three weeks long, providing 15 hours per week of morning in-class instruction, combined with various activities on and around the university campus.
The program offers activities where students can interact with US and other international students. Language and culture instruction takes place each morning, Monday-Friday from 9-12. During the first half of the morning, instruction focuses on speaking and listening with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. The second half is devoted to culture and conversation. The curriculum has been designed not only improve students’ English proficiency but also to provide language and cultural information related to American Culture, and more specifically, Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
The students will benefit from the following features of this program:
The program's goal is to maximize opportunities for student engagement. To that end, instructors ensure that classes are lively, highly motivating and student-centered by employing techniques that encourage participation and interaction.
The ELCE program consists of two related parts: classroom instruction and activities. The entire curriculum is designed not only to improve English-language proficiency but also to provide an awareness and appreciation of American culture – especially that of the Los Angeles area. To learn more, please visit ELCE program curriculum page.
Each student is provided with a textbook together with materials developed in-house to support and supplement the activities as well as topics covered in the classroom. Supplementary materials include web-based media, and customized online exercises and assessment that support and enhance topics and tasks covered in the text.
All ELCE students receive a CSUN student I.D. card, which provides access to campus-wide free wi-fi, computer labs and printers. Students can also use the Oviatt Library, Student Health Center, new in 2012, three-story, 118,000 square-foot, $70 million Student Recreation Center (for a nominal fee), and many other university facilities.
For groups who need a more flexible time line or who would like to lengthen or shorten the time of the courses, a customized program is available.