two students outdoorsThe ELP has a history of partnering with other UAB departments to offer short-term, intensive English language training to visiting scholars, students, and employees whose first language is not English. Each program is highly unique, and the language training is geared specifically for the trainees’ professions and current English proficiency levels. Such specialized intensive English programs are a possibility for any UAB department or school, as well as non-UAB groups wishing to offer short-term, intensive English training to international visitors or colleagues. For information on establishing your own specialized intensive English program with the ELP, please contact our office at iep@uab.edu or (205) 975-6638.

Selected examples of previous specialized intensive English programs:


International Nursing Leadership Program (2006, 2008, 2010)

Partner: UAB School of Nursing

This four-week long program trained 30 nursing faculty and graduate students from various universities in Latin America. The ELP offered training in oral and written English skills necessary for the non-native English-speaking nurses to participate actively in international dialogue on nursing research in their countries. In particular, ELP training helped the nurses prepare for attending international conferences and publishing in English-medium journals. The UAB School of Nursing offered training in nursing leadership and nursing research.

Sparkman Scientific Writing Course (2006 – 2010)

Partner: UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health

For several years, the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health offered a month-long summer institute dedicated to training public health professionals in developing countries. The ELP partnered with the Sparkman Center to provide training in scientific writing to their 20+ international summer institute participants. The training focused on preparing these international authors to publish in English-medium scientific journals and helped the participants understand the stylistic demands American journals place on potential authors.