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How CLEAR Helps Students

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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.


We are located in Anderson Hall, B10. Come in through the entrance facing the new Science Hall building.


From December 16, 2019 through January 10, 2020, CLEAR is open from 9am to 5pm, M-F.

SPRING Semester Hours

Starting Monday, January 13, 2020, while classes are in session, CLEAR is open

  • 9:00-9:00, Mondays through Thursdays
  • 9:00-5:00, Fridays
  • 2:00-7:00, Sundays

Browse our new Resources Collections with customized search, books, DVDs, and more available directly from CLEAR.

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Language Coaching


Language books

Resource Collection

Try Pronunciator!