Welcome to English Language and Cultural Studies, a program at the University of Arkansas which provides matriculated students with rigorous training in language and academic skills that will lead to successful completion of their degree program.  As part of our program, we strive to increase student awareness of the cultural norms and expectations for studying in a U.S. university setting.  English Language and Cultural Studies (ELAC) is administered by Spring International Language Center and the Graduate School and International Education (GSIE).

The English Language and Cultural Studies program offers courses and training for undergraduate students, graduate students, visiting students and scholars, international teaching assistants, and international faculty at the University of Arkansas.

If you are a non-native speaker of English looking to improve your English language skills or understanding of U.S. cultural norms and institutions, check out our list of courses and visit our Resources page to find a collection of campus resources as well as online resources for practice and self-study.  Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our courses or our services!


Mission Statement

The mission of the English Language and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Arkansas is to provide training and support in academic English language and U.S. culture to international undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the university.  As an organization that works in partnership with the university, we strive to enhance students’ skills so that they may successfully achieve their academic goals.  We acknowledge that international students’ needs extend beyond the scope of language training and frequently include orientation to and understanding of a new academic culture and the different expectations, classroom behaviors, means of assessment and skill sets that are required for success.

Fulbright Language Festival Celebrates Student Accomplishment

While the weather may not be indicative, spring has sprung all over campus. One culminating highlight took place on Thursday, April 19, 2018 as students from five departments demonstrated their achievement and prowess at the Fulbright Foreign Language Festival....

ELAC Instructor published in TESOL Connections

TESOL Connections is a monthly newsletter that reaches English as a Second Language instructors worldwide. The February 1, 2017 issue featured an article by ELAC instructor Wendy McBride. "Guided Research: Good Questions Inspire More Than Answers" focuses on ways to...

ELAC has a new site!

We are excited to introduce the website of the English Language and Cultural Studies department!  Although this site is still under some construction, we do hope that it can point students, faculty, and advisors to useful information about our courses and our...