The Community English Program offers both Integrated Skills 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.

English Language Classes

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

Fall 2022 Registration and Placement Testing

Registration Dates: Sorry, registration closed on September 9th.

Fall  2022 Class Schedule

  • ALL CLASSES ARE IN-PERSON
  • ALL classes meet from Thursday, September 15 - Thursday, December 8, 2022


On-Campus English Classes (Night)*

  Integrated Skills  Conversation Table  Birmingham Culture Class 
Topic  Speaking, Listening, Reading, Writing Relaxed conversation practice   Explore culture of Birmingham
 Levels 1, 2, 3, 4  2, 3, 4 4
 Day Thursday  1st & 3rd Tuesdays & Every Thursday 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
 Date  Sept 15 - Dec 8 Sept 15 - Dec 8 Sept 20 - Dec 6
 Time 7:30 - 9:00 PM  6:30 - 7:30 PM 7:30 - 9:00 PM

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


OFF-Campus English Classes (Day)*

  Advanced Reading  TOEFL Preparation
Topic  Reading strategies to improve fluency and comprehension  Learn vocabulary, test-taking strategies, take practice tests
Level
Day  Monday & Wednesday  Wednesday
Date Monday Sept 19 - Wednesday Dec 7 Sept 21 - Dec 7
Time   Mon 9:30 - 11:00 AM & a remote meeting time TBA  10:00 - 11:30 AM

*Birmingham Public Library
Southside Branch

1814 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205

 

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

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.

  • Summer 2022 Community English Program Teachers
    • Integrated Skills Level 1: Ellie Zhou, Katie Carothers
    • Integrated Skills Level 2: Ellen Lathrop
    • Integrated Skills Level 3: Leo Liao
    • Integrated Skills Level 4: Evan Hudson
    • Academic Writing Class: John Chen
    • Conversation Table: Evan Hudson
  • 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.