Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

IEP (Intensive English Program)

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Loyola’s ELLP Program is certificate based, full-time, and non-credit. We offer seven proficiency levels:

  • Beginner
  • High Beginner
  • Low Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • High Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Bridge to University

All new students take our placement test to determine their level. Levels 1-5 should take one 8-week session to complete.  The Advanced and Bridge levels are a full semester (15 weeks).

Students progress from one level to the next by earning an 80% or higher within each level. By the end of the program, students are considered prepared for university work. Upon successful completion of all ELLP requirements, students may apply to an undergraduate program at Loyola University Chicago without a TOEFL or IELTS score.

The ELLP requirements include the following: Minimum grade of B in all ADVANCED level ELLP classes, passing score on exit and writing placement exam, and ELLP teacher recommendations.

ELLP Core Classes—Required

Grammar & Composition (6 hours)

Advance your academic writing skills and communicate more clearly and accurately with an in-depth study of advanced English grammar. Students will develop the ability to effectively and accurately write using the rhetorical patterns most commonly used in universities. Students will also learn how to make citations of research sources and examine the cultural/ethical issues related to plagiarism. Offered at the: Beginner, High Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. Meets 6 hours per week.

Listening and Speaking (6 hours)

Extend your skills in spoken English and listening comprehension. This course includes intensive practice in advanced listening and effective note-taking skills using university lectures. Students will also develop their own oral presentation skills by focusing on the fundamentals of public speaking. Offered at the: Beginner, High Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. Meets 6 hours per week.

Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)

Boost your reading speed and comprehension of university-level academic texts. Students will develop strategies for managing extensive reading assignments. Students will also increase advanced-level vocabulary from readings in general and specialized subject areas. Offered at the: Beginner, High Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. Meets 6 hours per week.

ELLP Electives—Optional (students may choose to take one or more of the following)

American English Pronunciation (3 hours)

Speak clearly and be understood by others. Students will learn about and practice phonemic awareness and accuracy, stress patterns, intonation, and rhythm with extensive practice. Students will also be able to identify and improve their individual pronunciation issues. Open to all skill levels.

TOEFL Preparation (4 hours)

Sharpen your test-taking skills and improve your TOEFL score. Students will become familiar with TOEFLiBT and learn strategies for achieving the score they need. This is an optional lab class that meets on two afternoons OR one evening. Only open to High Intermediate, and Advanced level students.

Bridge to IELTS (3 hours)

This course will be an introductory look into IELTS. Students will learn strategies for handling new language and test sections in reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and practice sections of each.
Also, through the text, students will learn about and practice with some more common problems that arise when taking the IELTS (time management, spelling, thinking of new ideas quickly, understanding grading, etc.). Open to Beginner and Intermediate level students.

Introduction to Academic Skills (4 hours)

This course is designed to provide you with additional listening, speaking, pronunciation, and grammar practice that will prepare you for both university classes and IELTS or TOEFL examinations. This class provides authentic listening/speaking activities with native and advanced speakers of English. This class helps students seeking academic preparation, but also aims to help students who need conversational English practice.  Open to all students

Legal English (3 hours)

In this seminar, students will learn how to successfully communicate in the legal world. Special focus will be on learning: legal vocabulary, negotiating at meetings, writing proposals, and so on. All skill areas—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—will be emphasized. Only open to Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced level students.

Conversation English (3 hours)

This course is designed to help you develop or improve fluency skills in English conversation. Using familiar topics such as transportation, work, life, community and much more, you will learn and use vocabulary related to everyday life, speak with native speakers about specific but familiar topics, interact with the topics through field trips and activities, and hopefully improve your pronunciation and confidence when communicating in English. You will also learn useful speaking skills such as giving/asking for directions, making introductions, describing things, comparing things etc.  Open to beginner and intermediate students.

GRE Preparation (3 hours)

If you are considering applying to a Graduate program in the US, you would need to take the GRE: Graduate Record Exam.  It has an English section and a Math section.  This class will help you prepare for the GRE by improving your test taking strategies as well as building your vocabulary, writing skills, and comprehension of Math word problems.  Open to Advanced and Bridge level students

University Preparation (3 hours)

This course is designed to introduce you and successfully complete university-level social science classes. We will examine an array of academic disciplines: philosophy/political science, anthropology, sociology, and history. In each unit of the course, we will discuss an individual discipline, what it is, and its unique approach to human social relations and thought. In addition, we will talk about specific themes and topics as they are interpreted through each one of these fields of study.