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Center for Language Acquisition, Exploration, and Research

CLEAR is moving to a new location this summer! See details below.

Coaching is on hold for the summer; services will resume on September 4th, 2018 and run through December 7th, 2018


Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition & Research

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Coaching services are on hold for the summer. We will resume services on September 4th, 2018.

The online booking system will be made available by COB on August 31st, 2018.


The Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition and Research (CLEAR) is committed to promoting and facilitating 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; and
  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.


During the month of July, we will be in the process of moving to our new location in Anderson Hall, B-10.

  • 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  

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

Summer 2018 Hours

Starting on May 9th, 2018, we will transition to our summer operating hours:

  • Mondays - Fridays: 10:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturdays: Closed
  • Sundays: Closed  

CLEAR is closed during university holidays.

Contact CLEAR

Center for Language Exploration, Acquisition & Research
New location starting in August 2018: Anderson Hall, B-10 

Gorky A. Cruz, Director

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