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About Us

AELP, the American English Language Program at Northern Kentucky University, offers English language classes to students from around the world to improve grammar, writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. Graduates of our program often go on to study in one of the many undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at NKU. Students also gain valuable English language skills to perform well on the TOEFL and IELTS tests, improve their career and job possibilities, and develop confidence to succeed in an English language environment.

Our diverse group of students – who come from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe – enjoy many opportunities to interact with American and international students. Dynamic and engaging classes from experienced ESL instructors.

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Learning Outcomes

In the American English Language Program, you will achieve:

  • Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language
  • Better English communication skills for confidence at school and work
  • English test-taking skills to be able to pass proficiency tests
  • Successful social connections through friendship building
  • Grammar skills to be better understood and respected
  • Confidence in yourself and in your interactions with English speakers
  • Better understanding of American culture and the university environment
  • Access to clubs, organizations, and other university services and benefits.

 

International flags hanging from ceiling inside room.
Groups of students having conversations inside the University Center at NKU
Professor instructing a classroom of students.
Group of students standing outside of the Student Union at NKU
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How AELP Works

International students accepted into NKU must prove a level of English proficiency with a passing IELTS score (5.5 for bachelors; 6.5 for masters) or TOEFL IBT score (61 for bachelors; 79 for masters). If a student does not have that level of proficiency, he or she will be enrolled in the American English Language Program. Students take a placement test just after their arrival to NKU during AELP orientation to determine the level at which they will enter the program.
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Instructors

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Melissa Napier

Melissa Napier 

Lecturer

napierm1@nku.edu

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John Brengelman

John Brengelman

Lecturer

Dana Linville

Dana Linville

Lecturer

linvilled1@nku.edu

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