Intensive English Courses
All new students at our Intensive English Program take comprehensive placement exams that test spoken English and written English skills before the first week of class. This determines their Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking levels.
Our Intensive English Program levels are:
- Level 1: high beginning
- Not offered in summer
- Level 2: low intermediate
- Not offered in summer
- Level 3: intermediate
- Level 4: high intermediate
- Level 5: advanced
Note: IEP courses return to in person instruction on the UIC campus in Fall 2021.
Fall and Spring semesters
- Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
- Includes breaks between courses
- 18 hours of instruction per week
- Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 or 3:30 p.m. CDT
- 24 – 25 hours of instruction per week
Fall and Spring: 15 weeks
- Includes midterm and holiday breaks.
Summer: 10 weeks
- Includes holiday breaks
Levels 1 - 4
Full-time Level 1 – 4 students attend Reading/Writing in the morning, and Listening/Speaking in the afternoon.
Part-time students choose either the Reading/Writing course or the Listening/Speaking course. Part-time students are NOT eligible for a student visa.
Reading/Writing students study:
- Academic study skills
- Intercultural awareness
Listening/Speaking students study:
- Intercultural awareness
Full-time level 5 students attend 8 ELSI classes.
- 4 classes in Term A: ELSI 081, 083, 086, and 088
- 4 classes in Term B: ELSI 082, 084, 087, and 089
Part-time Level 5 students attend 4 ELSI classes
- 2 of the class options in Term A
- 2 of the class options in Term B
Part-time students are NOT eligible for a student visa.
ELSI 081 Communication 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ELSI 087 Approaches to Evidence-Based Writing
This course is designed to develop and sharpen learners’ academic and professional reading and writing skills and strategies 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.
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.
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.