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Anderson Hall, home of CLEAR.
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How CLEAR Helps Students

The Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition and Research (CLEAR) promotes and facilitates AU students' acquisition and enrichment of language skills and cultural competency by

  1. providing language coaching free of charge to students currently enrolled in a language course taught at American University
  2. hosting language-related cultural events throughout the academic year
  3. advancing the professional development of the World Languages and Cultures faculty
  4. curating a growing collection of language-related resources
  5. developing and administering language assessments

To fulfill its mission, CLEAR's patron-focused staff are here to connect language coaches and students, ensure the positive enhancement of the language learning experience through the use of technology, and to foster an environment which emphasizes global sensitivity and values the multicultural diversity of our campus.

Summer 2018 Office Move

Starting in July, we will be in the process of moving to Anderson Hall, B10.

  • The CLEAR collection will be unavailable until the move is completed in early August.  
  • Testing services (Placements, TOR) will continue as scheduled, but might be conducted in alternate locations. If you have any questions be sure to reach out to us at  
  • Coaching is on hold, services will resume on September 4, 2018.
  • The online booking system will be made available by COB on August 31, 2018.

We look forward to having you visit us in August at our new home in Anderson Hall! 

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Language Coaching