The Community English Program offers both Conversational English Classes and English Classes for Specific Purposes, which are available for any individual who is 18+ years old and who is learning English. No documentation is required. All classes are free of charge.

Conversational English Classes

These fun and interactive classes take place during UAB’s fall, spring, and summer semesters. ALL classes are offered in-person for Summer 2022.

Health and Safety Guidelines

All CEP teachers and students must follow UAB's Health and Safety Guidelines when on campus.

  • COVID Vaccinations are encouraged
  • Masks are optional inside the Education building and classrooms
  • Wash hands frequently

Summer 2022 Registration and Placement Testing

Registration Dates: Monday, May 2 - Monday, June 6, 2022

Placement Test: Click on the link below and download the instructions. You will find the link for the placement test on the first page of the instructions. Follow the directions. Email your test results and contact information to uabcep@gmail.com.

Registration and Placement Testing Instructions

Summer 2022 Schedule Information

In-Person Class Schedule

Thursday evenings: Thursday, June 16 - August 11, 2022
6:00 - 7:30 pm (Night)

Class Location for Spring 2022

In-Person classes (Education and Engineering Complex*)

  • Level 1
  • Level 2
  • Level 3
  • Level 4

UAB Campus
*Education and Engineering Complex
1150 10th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35233
Directions and parking information

English Classes for Specific Purposes

This program offers free additional 8 to 12-week English courses for advanced levels (4 & 5). Registration and placement tests take place on selected dates. The availability of each class varies each semester.

  • TOEFL Prep Class
  • IELTS Prep Class
  • Writing for College and Workplace
  • Advanced Listening and Speaking
  • Advanced Pronunciation

 Summer 2022: Writing Skills Class for College

Free class for non-native English speakers to develop fundamental grammar and writing skills to help with transition into college.
Open to intermediate level non-native speakers only.

Tuesday/Thursday evenings: June 7 - July 28, 2022
6:00 - 8:00 pm (Night)

Two locations: your location will be based upon your level of writing.

  • UAB
  • Jefferson State Community College - Shelby Hoover Campus

Questions? For more information, contact:

UAB Community English Program: uabcep@gmail.com


Parth Purohit Charlotte Steiner

English conversation classes are a well-established tradition within UAB’s international community, having taken place on campus for over 20 years. In 2011, these classes moved from the Smolian International House to the School of Education. Now hosted by Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction, the English classes serve as a lab school for the master’s program in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). Classes are taught by graduate students being trained to become ESL teachers and by community volunteers.

During the past few years, classes have been attended and taught by participants from over 40 countries, including Argentina, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, South Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Oman, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, St. Vincent, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, USA, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, and Yemen.

UAB's Community English Program is offered at no cost to the participants. This free service is available thanks to the wonderful instructors (graduate students and community volunteers) who dedicate their time and talent for helping others to learn English.

Handbook for Online English Language Instructors of Adult Learners

To support Community English Program teachers in learning to teach language online, the CEP coordinator and teachers collaborated during summer 2020 to compile this useful handbook that illustrates a framework for online instruction and provides informative links.

Fall 2021 Community English Program Teachers

  • LEVEL 1: Gengyn Liao, Elizabeth Krebbs
  • LEVEL 2: Erin Ayres, Hangyu Zhou
  • LEVEL 3: Jiaxu Chen, Evan Hudson, Ellen Lathrop, Lara Wheeler
  • LEVEL 4: Karen Bishop, Gary Key, Katie Carothers, Shirley Castillo
  • LEVEL 5: Laura Dabbs (Advanced Speaking and Listening)

Previous Community English Program Instructors

Summer 2021 CEP Teachers (online classes only)

  • Sarah Allison
  • Katherine Carothers
  • Abby Codding
  • Evan Hudson
  • Gemma Kim
  • Betsy Lake
  • Courtney Martinez
  • Christen Nelms
  • Robyn Nichols
  • Sally Anne Perz

Spring 2021 CEP Teachers (online classes only)

  • Balqees Al Bimani
  • Katherine Carothers
  • Laura Dabbs
  • Gemma Kim
  • Betsy Lake
  • Christen Nelms
  • Robyn Nichols
  • Vivian Peng
  • Sally Anne Perz
  • Athina Stavrou

Fall 2020 CEP Teachers (online classes only)

  • Sarah Allison
  • Taylor Ausbon
  • Christen Nelms
  • Robyn Nichols
  • Vivian Peng
  • Maria Sisco-Calderon
  • Athina Stavrou
  • Kristin Williams

Summer 2020
No classes were offered.

Spring 2020 CEP Teachers

  • Balqees Al Bimani
  • Lisandra Carballoza Quesada
  • Laura Dabbs
  • Cecilia Garnier
  • Madasyn Goolsby
  • Lantong Huang
  • Gemma Kim
  • Patrick Mackin
  • Courtney Martinez
  • Christen Nelms
  • Katie Nguyen
  • Vivian Peng
  • Athina Stavrou
  • Jason Zhang

Fall 2019 CEP Teachers

  • Balqees Al Bimani
  • Mohammed Al-Qahtani
  • Erin Baxter
  • Eva Chang
  • Anna Clinkman
  • Laura Dabbs
  • Alder Feroce
  • Cameron Herrington
  • Lantong Huang
  • Oscar Lin
  • Courtney Martinez
  • Christen Nelms
  • Katie Nguyen
  • Vivian Peng
  • Athina Stavrou
  • Jason Zhang

Spring 2019 CEP Teachers

  • Sezgi Acar
  • Mohammed Al-Qahtani
  • Chih Hsin Chang
  • Ana de Souza
  • Lantong Huang
  • Yuehui Huang
  • Pui Ki Tsang
  • William Navarro
  • Christen Nelms
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Sridevi Ram
  • Matthew Spearman
  • Meghan Walker
  • Jiaxuan Zhang

Fall 2018 CEP Teachers

  • Sezgi Acar
  • Chih Hsin Chang
  • Ana de Souza
  • Yuehui Huang
  • Pui Ki Tsang
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Sridevi Ram
  • Ashley Reiner
  • Holly Smith
  • Matthew Spearman
  • Guli Tuerxan
  • Meghan Walker
  • Jiaxuan Zhang

Summer 2018 CEP Teachers

  • Caroline Chadwick
  • Katelyn Howard
  • Yuehui Huang
  • Pui Ki Tsang
  • Peg Lawrence
  • Huvanya Pillay
  • Parth Purohit
  • Sridevi Ram
  • Ashley Reiner
  • Matthew Spearman
  • Charlotte Steiner
  • Puiki Tsang
  • Guli Tuerxan

Spring 2018 CEP Teachers

  • Alex Bautista
  • Ashley Brantley
  • Caroline Chadwick
  • Katelyn Howard
  • Yuehui Huang
  • Courtney Jeffries
  • Laurel Keel
  • Peg Lawrence
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Huvanya Pillay
  • Parth Purohit
  • Sridevi Ram
  • Matthew Spearman
  • Guli Tuerxan
  • Christiana Williams

Fall 2017 CEP Teachers

  • Ashley Brantley
  • Caroline Chadwick
  • Katelyn Howard
  • Courtney Jeffries
  • Laurel Keel
  • Peg Lawrence
  • Sarah Langcuster
  • Patrick Mackin
  • Patricia Merritt
  • Thu Nguyen
  • Huvanya Pillay
  • Parth Purohit
  • Matthew Spearman
  • Guzainuer Tuerxan

Spring 2017 CEP Teachers

  • Kimberly Gibson
  • Cody Head
  • Peg Lawrence
  • Patrick Mackin
  • Ashley Reiners
  • Haley Stevenson
  • Samantha Strong

Fall 2016 CEP Teachers

  • Maggie Bell
  • Robert Bullard
  • Shay Chambless
  • Madi Dominescy
  • Jennifer Keith
  • Patrick Mackin
  • Amy McConnell
  • Rebecca Ramaiah
  • Ashley Reiners
  • James Rivas
  • Haley Stevenson
  • Samantha Strong
  • Gonul Uguralp Cannon
  • Kathy Zomorrodian

Summer 2016 CEP Teachers

  • Robert Bullard
  • Christine Cox
  • Josephine Cox
  • Angelica Jaimes
  • Brian Rice
  • Xinyu Zhai

Spring 2016 CEP Teachers

  • Claudia Benuelos
  • Robert Bullard
  • Shay Chambless
  • Candace Cooper
  • Josephine Cox
  • Christina Dennis
  • Rebecca Denson
  • Hannah Gentry
  • Crystal Jeffries
  • Laura Johnson
  • Jennifer Keith
  • Lizzy Lanham
  • Yasmin Oliveira
  • Brian Rice
  • James Rivas
  • Steven Rowlett
  • Ki Shin
  • Holly Smith
  • Nicole Thorp
  • Gonul Uguralp
  • Ashley Wallace
  • Xinyu Zhai
  • Kathy Zomorrodian

Fall 2015 CEP Teachers

  • Donna Ali
  • Nadia Barajas
  • Robert Bullard
  • Emily Burleson
  • Monica Cantwell
  • Shay Chambless
  • Josephine Cox
  • Alex Goldner
  • Laura Johnson
  • Jennifer Keith
  • Kellie Kema
  • Linda Lehe
  • Yasmin Oliveira
  • Michael Rosato
  • Steven Rowlett
  • Ki Shin
  • Gail Smith
  • Holly Smith
  • Lauren Smith
  • Blaine Thompson
  • Xinyu Zhai
  • Kathy Zomorrodian

Reiner Huang Tsang1
Interactive learning techniques are fun and help students improve their communication skills.

Tuerxun Pillay1
Classes are taught by graduate students learning to become ESL teachers.