Introducing the Center for American Language and Culture

To better reflect its growth and expanded programming, this week, Temple’s Intensive English Language Program has changed its name to the Temple Center for American Language and Culture.

This new name speaks to the department’s expansion that, in line with ESL programs across the U.S., has occurred in response to changing trends among international English learners in recent years. Since it was established in 1974, the former Intensive English Language Program has grown beyond just ESL courses and has shifted focus to include the practical applications of English in students' home countries, for career purposes, for academic purposes, and more. In addition, the Center for American Language and Culture title now embodies the department’s increase in short-term American culture and history programming. These kinds of courses have captured student interest in acculturation to university, critical thinking, and understanding American perspectives on current events.  

The department will continue its commitment to high quality intensive and short-term programs and more as it expands programming and outreach. The traditional 7-week, 10-level intensive English program will still be known as the “Intensive English Language Program” or IELP, but it is now one of the many programs that will comprise the Temple Center for American Language and Culture.

New Web and Contact Info

Starting August 19, 2019, the new name will be updated online ( and in print.

There has also been a change to the former IELP’s email addresses: will become will become will become 

The Conditional Admission program e-mail will remain the same: 

Existing IELP e-mail links will continue working, but they will no longer be promoted.

Celebrate at TempleFest 2019

Want to chat with us about the name change? Join us at TempleFest on Liacouras Walk on the following dates:

Thursday, August 22, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
POSTPONED: Thursday, August 29, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

You can also follow our updated social media accounts on FacebookInstagram and YouTube.