Loyola University Chicago

- Navigation -

Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

IEP (Intensive English Program)

top image

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






All new students take our placement test to determine their level.  Each level should ideally take one semester (15 weeks) to complete. 

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.



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, Low 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, Low 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, Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced Levels. Meets 6 hours per week.


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. Meets 3 hours per week.

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 Low Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced level students.
Meets 4 hours per week.

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. Meets 3 hours per week.

Conversation English (3 hours)
Students practice their listening & speaking skills and learn conversational English.

Graduate Preparation (3 hours)
This class is for current graduate students and ESL students preparing for graduate programs. There is a particular focus on academic writing and oral presentation skills. Meets at Water Tower Campus on Friday afternoons.

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



English Language Learning Program · Loyola Hall · 1110 Loyola Avenue, 1st Floor · Chicago, IL 60626 ·
Mailing Addresses · Phone: 773.508.3990 · Fax: 773.508.7125 · E-mail: ESL@luc.edu

Notice of Non-discriminatory Policy