English for International Professionals

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For Fall 2020, all classes are online.

Our English for International Professionals program is designed for intermediate to advanced students.

These courses help students improve listening, speaking, reading, writing and English test preparation skills.

These courses are:

  • Open to all. You do not need to be a UIC student.
  • Convenient. Study weekdays, evenings, weekend or online.
  • Focused on the skills that you need to improve.
  • Taught by experienced English instructors

Note: The Tutorium can issue the I-20 for groups in custom, full-time versions of these courses.

Fall 2020 Course Schedule

Private Pronunciation Instruction

ELSI 071 Pronunciation

This course teaches pronunciation and speech modification techniques for non-native speakers of English. You will work one-on-one with an instructor to learn 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 listening and recording assignments and receive personalized instructor feedback that identifies both where you need improvement and how to develop strategies for change. Flexible schedule and flexible start dates.
Tuition: $850 for 10 hours (You can sign up for fewer or more hours)

Evening, Weekend and Online Speaking and Writing Courses

ELSI 076 Online Grammar for Clear Writing

This course focuses on producing clear, error-free writing at the intermediate to advanced level. Your instructor will guide you through advanced grammar review, writing sample analysis, and development of effective self-editing techniques. You work at your own pace and set your own deadlines, and you will receive detailed weekly feedback from your instructor.
This course meets 100% online with flexible schedule**
Tuition: $400

ELSI 077 Online Developing Effective Writing

This course focuses on how to produce concise, clear writing at the intermediate to advanced level. You will learn techniques for starting a writing project, working with outlines, creating clear paragraphs, crafting introductions and conclusions, and adding concrete details. You work at your own pace and set your own deadlines, and you will receive detailed weekly feedback from your instructor.
This course meets 100% online with flexible schedule**
Tuition: $400

ELSI 081 Conversation Skills

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their speaking and listening skills in social, academic, and professional settings. Participants learn strategies for effective communication as well as techniques for improving pronunciation. Learners practice key vocabulary and American conversational expressions to gain confidence in a variety of situations.
Tuition: $575

ELSI 083 Presentation Skills: Developing Effective Methods for Presentations

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively and professionally in planned and spontaneous public speaking situations. Students also increase their ability to follow advanced academic lectures.
Tuition: $575

ELSI 086 Effective Written Communication

This course introduces learners to principles of effective written communication and critical reading. Learners will build proficiency and confidence as writers of English while improving reading and critical reasoning skills. Emphasis will be placed on the writing of academic and professional emails and summary and argumentative paragraphs.
Tuition: $575

Daytime Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing Courses

The following courses are part of our Advanced Professional Skills series (You can take one or more courses). Students must take a placement exam or participate in a short oral interview to join any of these courses. Each class will meet twice a week for a 90-minute synchronous virtual lesson and will require at least 1-2 hours of asynchronous work per week.

Tuition for each of the following courses: $575 per course

ELSI 081 Conversation Skills

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English improve their speaking and listening skills in social, academic, and professional settings. Participants learn strategies for effective communication as well as techniques for improving pronunciation. Learners practice key vocabulary and American conversational expressions to gain confidence in a variety of situations.
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15-10:45am

ELSI 082 Discussion Skills

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English develop social and academic discussion skills. Participants learn strategies to effectively and appropriately present, support and defend their viewpoints as well as techniques to engage in discussions and answer discussion questions. Students also learn applicable cultural norms and politeness strategies as well as improve pronunciation and vocabulary for more successful communication.
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:15-10:45am

ELSI 083 Presentation Skills: Developing Effective Methods for Presentations

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively and professionally in planned and spontaneous public speaking situations. Students also increase their ability to follow advanced academic lectures and professional speeches.
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 9:15-10:45am

ELSI 084 Delivering Effective Presentations in Your Profession

This course is focused on enabling students to deliver lengthy, formal presentations at such venues as conferences and business meetings and to conduct formal interviews. Aspects of presentation such as organizational patterns, types of requisite development, methods of audience interaction, and appropriate use of visual aids are addressed and practiced.
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 9:15-10:45am

ELSI 086 Effective Written Communication

This course introduces learners to principles of effective written communication and critical reading. Learners will build proficiency and confidence as writers of English while improving reading and critical reasoning skills. Emphasis will be placed on the writing of academic and professional emails and summary and argumentative paragraphs.
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8:30am

ELSI 087 Approaches to Evidence-Based Writing

This course is designed to develop and sharpen learners’ academic and professional reading strategies and writing skills in English. Learners will build proficiency and confidence as writers of English while improving reading, critical reasoning, and research skills. Emphasis will be placed on research-based writing, including summary-response essays, an annotated bibliography, and a synthesized overview of selected articles.
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday, 7-8:30am

ELSI 088 Critical Reading: Preparation for Written and Oral Communication

This class centers on developing the critical reading skills needed to both academically and professionally succeed. Through engaging with a variety of sources, students will apply the target skills both orally and in writing.
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 7-8:30am

ELSI 089 Using Evidence-Based Writing for Your Profession

This course aims to apply critical reading skills to generate researched-based writing. Participants will critically analyze both general and field-specific writing samples, and will conduct further research within academic and professional contexts to help them produce foundational research pieces.
Schedule: Monday and Wednesday, 7-8:30am

Aline Pantano | Brazil

“I’m adventure person and I like new experience, I chose to study at the Tutorium because I thought it would help me improve my English. Moreover, Chicago is a very beautiful and a lot of tourist places.”

Aline Pantano  |  Brazil

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