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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.

Fall 2021 Hours

Reach out to us M-F 9am-5pm at 202-885-2357 or at anytime at

Coaching hours are:

Monday - Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday 11am - 5pm

Sunday 2pm - 7pm


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

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Language Coaching


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Resource Collection

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