The English for Heritage Language Speakers (EHLS) Program is a partnership among the National Security Education Program, the Center for Applied Linguistics, Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development, and the Institute of International Education.

Institutional Partners

The National Security Education Program (NSEP), part of the U.S. Department of Defense, provides funding for the program. NSEP has worked since 1994 to help English-speaking U.S. citizens develop high-level proficiency in less commonly taught languages and cultures, and since 2006 to help naturalized citizens with fluency in critical languages to develop professional proficiency in English.

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) administers the EHLS program, directs the application and admission process, and conducts the formal language testing. CAL is a private nonprofit organization with over 50 years of experience in research, assessment, professional development, and technical assistance related to the instruction of learners from diverse language and cultural backgrounds.

Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education and Development (CLED) provides all instruction for the program, which takes place on the Georgetown University campus. CLED is a unit in Georgetown University School for Continuing Studies and is dedicated to delivering well-designed English language and teacher training programs to participants from the U.S. and around the world.

The Institute of International Education (IIE) manages the EHLS application and admissions process and disburses stipends to scholars. IIE is an international education and training organization that fosters mutual understanding, develops global leaders, and protects academic freedom worldwide through educational exchange and training programs.

Program Staff and Faculty

Program Staff at CAL

Director, EHLS Program: Jennifer Renn

Associate Director: DeAnna Coon

Recruitment and Marketing Manager: Emily Magaziner

Program Staff at IIE

Program Manager: Craig Fredrickson

Program Staff and Faculty at Georgetown

Director, GU-EHLS Program: Christa Hansen

Program Manager and Recruitment Director: Maria Mariani

Administrative Officer: Rebecca Hart

Academic Coordinator: Suzanne Matula

Faculty: Martin Barclay, Tim Teigen, Karen-Nicole Vaucrosson, Tanja Szabo, Sharon Buddemeier

Point of contact for federal agencies: 
Karen-Nicole Vaucrosson