The mission of the Michigan Language Center is to provide a high quality program of English as a Second Language to international students and to equip them with English language skills that they will need to do one or all of the following:
1) Enter US institutions of higher learning
2) Utilize their English language skills in a work related situation
3) Expand their English language communication skills so that they can interact with other English language speakers
4) Introduce the students to the culture of the United States
The MLC’s flexible curriculum allows for differences in students’ language backgrounds and personal learning styles. The comfortable, friendly atmosphere of the MLC provides an optimum environment for efficiently learning English and for adjusting to the American culture. The MLC encourages its students to participate in the academic and culturally rich university city of Ann Arbor by providing them with opportunities to meet students and residents and to utilize their language skills in a meaningful, communicative way.
Guiding Institutional Goals
The objectives outlined in the MLC planning document are guided by four overarching goals with corresponding strategic priorities. The goals and strategic priorities are designed to support MLC’s mission of providing a high quality program in ESL. These goals and strategic priorities are evaluated in the planning cycle.
1. Provide an Effective ESL Program:
- Ensure that classes are educationally sound, high quality, and supported with the most up-to-date curricular materials.
- Develop and maintain pedagogical best practices.
- Foster teacher growth and development through ongoing support, training, and feedback.
- Ensure proper and ethical administration of all aspects of the institution, including financial practices, treatment of students, and management of staff.
2. Effectively Serve a Wide Array of Students:
- Employ a thorough evaluation and placement procedure that will provide all students with classes that match their abilities as well as their stated purpose.
- Uphold sound admission and enrollment practices that are clear and fair to all students.
- Provide effective classes and student services that recognize individual differences and foster student success.
- Diversify student body.
3. Enhance the Language Program with Study of American Culture:
- Incorporate the study of American culture into class.
- Provide beneficial co-curricular activities that deepen students’ language abilities while exposing them to the food, art, commerce and diversions of mid-western life.
- Keep students informed of events in the local community through the use of social media, informational meetings, and the MLC bulletin board.
4. Evaluate Program Effectiveness:
- Monitor and foster student progress in attaining objectives.
- Evaluate participant and sponsor satisfaction by collecting feedback from interviews and surveys.
- Analyze entrance and exit proficiency for the purpose of program, class, and level evaluation.
ANN ARBOR: HOME OF THE MLC
The Michigan Language Center is located in the center of Ann Arbor :
Adjacent to the University of Michigan and the main shopping area;
Within walking distance of major points of interest and cultural activities;
Small, safe, comfortable friendly city ;
Variety of museums, theaters, libraries, restaurants, and night clubs ;
Entertainment for everyone.
2014 "Most Educated Cities" -- #1 Ann Arbor, Forbes.com
2014 "Best Places to Live" -- Ann Arbor, Money.com
2014 "Top 100 Best Cities to Live" -- #13 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
2014 "The 10 Best Midsize Cities to Raise Children" -- #3 Ann Arbor, MyLife.com
2014 "Top 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America" Ann Arbor -- BudgetTravel.com
2014 "Best Cities for New College Grads 2014" -- #7 Ann Arbor, Livability
2014 "Best Cities for Well-Being" -- #6 Ann Arbor, USA Today and Gallup
2014 "Times Higher Education World Rankings" -- #15 University of Michigan
2014 "America's Best Main Streets" -- South Main Street, Ann Arbor, The Huffington Post & Fodor's Travel
2013 " Most Walkable Cities" -- #4 Ann Arbor, Governing.com
2013 "America's Top 25 High-Tech Hotspots" -- #18 Ann Arbor, Richard Florida, The Atlantic Cities
2013 "Top 100 Best Places to Live" -- #13 Ann Arbor, Livability.com
2013 "Best Places for Business and Careers in 2013" -- Ann Arbor, Forbes
2013 "The World's Top 25 Universities" -- #22 University of Michigan, Forbes
2013 "Best and Most Collaborative Large U.S. College" -- #1 University of Michigan, Huffington Post
2013 "Top Public Colleges" -- #5 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Forbes
2013 "Smartest Cities in America" -- #15 Ann Arbor, BusinessInsider.com
2013 "10 Coolest Cities in the Midwest" -- Ann Arbor, MSN Travel