Speaking Courses

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Questions? Contact Beata Keller at bkeller@uic.edu (312-996-2378) or Terrie Byrne at tbyrn2@uic.edu (312-996-8999).

All classes meet at the Tutorium office: 1333 S. Halsted Street, Suite 260.


Chicago, Communication, and Culture

Chicago, Communication, and Culture is a 3-week summer English language program for tourists and visitors to Chicago who want to explore the city while they improve their English.  Students meet for an hour of classroom language instruction in the morning, then leave the campus for instructor-guided language practice in the city.

The instructor-guided Chicago tours include:

  • A boat tour along the Chicago River
  • Museums and art gallery visits
  • A visit to one of Chicago’s famous skyscrapers
  • Watching World Series Champions Chicago Cubs play at Wrigley Field

Dates and Times

Monday – Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Summer 2017: July 10 – July 27

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $1,400. Tuition includes all class materials, city tour fees, and entrance fee to the Chicago Cubs baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Read more about our Chicago, Communication, and Culture summer program.

Registration: The registration deadline is June 12. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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Communication Skills

This 10-week Saturday course is for high-intermediate to advanced English language learners who want to improve their speaking skills in social, academic, and professional settings.  You will learn techniques for improving your pronunciation and strategies for effectively communicating information and opinions. You will practice key vocabulary and American idiomatic expressions to help you feel more confident in social and professional speaking situations.

During this course, you will:

  • Build vocabulary and improve listening comprehension
  • Review and practice key pronunciation concepts essential for effective communication
  • Learn to organize and deliver information in professional speaking situations
  • Receive personalized feedback from an experienced instructor in a small group setting

Dates and Times

Saturdays (10 weeks)
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 4 – April 8
  • Summer 2017: June 3 – August 5
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 16 – Nov. 18

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $550 ($525 for UIC members and returning students). Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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Conversation and Vocabulary Skills

This 8-week evening course is designed for intermediate English language learners who want more practice using English in social and academic settings. You will learn and practice essential vocabulary and idiomatic expressions to increase your fluency, natural speech, and ease of expression. In class, you will discuss current events, develop cultural literacy, and practice both formal and informal language use.

During this course, you will:

  • Gain confidence and increase fluency in English
  • Build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills
  • Discuss American cultural practices and current events
  • Receive individualized instruction and feedback in small classes

Dates and Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays (8 weeks)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 7 – March 30
  • Summer 2017: June 6 – July 27 (no class July 4)
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 19 – Nov. 9

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $700 ($675 for UIC members and returning students). Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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Pronunciation

This 8-week evening course teaches advanced pronunciation and speech modification techniques for intermediate and advanced non-native speakers of English. In this class, you will study the keys to clear pronunciation: correct consonant and vowel sounds and American-style stress, rhythm, intonation, and pitch. To practice these elements, you will complete weekly listening and recording assignments and receive personalized instructor feedback that identifies both where you need improvement and how to develop strategies for change.

During this course, you will:

  • Learn the pronunciation, intonation, and stress patterns of standard American English
  • Practice techniques and strategies to make your spoken English clearer and more effective
  • Build fluency and confidence in social and professional speaking situations
  • Receive individualized instruction and feedback in small classes

Dates and Times

Tuesdays and Thursdays (8 weeks)
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 7 – March 30
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 19 – Nov. 9

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $700 ($675 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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Speaking Skills for Professionals

This 10-week evening course helps non-native speakers of English develop an effective public and personal speaking style for American social, business, and academic contexts. You will learn important pronunciation techniques, strategies, and language for effectively communicating information and opinions.  This class includes guided practice and role-playing with individualized feedback and correction from your instructor to give you the tools to feel more confident in social and public speaking situations.

During this course, you will:

  • Review and practice key pronunciation concepts essential for effective communication
  • Practice both short and extended presentations in a variety of American cultural contexts
  • Build confidence in impromptu speaking situations
  • Receive personalized feedback from an experienced instructor in a small group setting

Dates and Times

Wednesdays (10 weeks)
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: Feb. 1 – April 5
  • Summer 2017: June 7 – Aug. 9
  • Fall 2017: Sept. 13 – Nov. 15

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $550 ($525 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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Vocabulary and Grammar for Conversation

This 3-week course covers important conversation phrases and grammar structures. You will practice functions such as asking for advice, saying “No” politely, offering help, and making suggestions.

In this course, you will:

  • Learn and practice with everyday vocabulary and phrases
  • Improve conversation skills for daily life
  • Review important grammatical structures for everyday conversations
  • Receive individualized instruction and feedback in small classes

Dates and Times

Monday – Thursday (3 weeks)
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

  • Spring 2017: April 24 – May 11
  • Summer 2017: June 12 – June 29
  • Fall 2017: Nov. 27 – Dec. 14

Tuition and Registration

Fee: $600 ($575 for UIC members and returning students) Tuition includes all class materials.

Registration: The registration deadline is 1 week before classes begin. Late registration is possible if space permits. We limit class size, so please register early.

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