Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

Intensive English Program (IEP)

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Loyola’s ELLP curriculum is a full-time certificate-based non-credit program. We offer various proficiency levels
 
  • Intermediate
  • High Intermediate
  • Advanced/Bridge 
All new students take our ELLP Placement Test the week before class begins to determine their level. All levels are one full semester (16 weeks) each.
 
Students progress from one level to the next by earning an 80% (B-) or higher within each level of classes. Upon successful completion of all ESL classes and ELLP requirements, students who have applied to Loyola University Chicago for undergraduate study (and for some graduate programs) as part of the International Conditional Admission Program (ICAP) and the Graduate Conditional Admission Program (GCAP) are eligible to use their successful ELLP completion as a substitute for the TOEFL/IELTS score requirement.
 
The ELLP requirements include the following: Minimum grade of 80% (B-) in all ESL classes and a minimum grade of 87% (B+) in all Advanced level ESL classes, along with successful performance on the ELLP Exit Test.

ELLP Core Classes and Electives Master List

 
070 - Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
The goal of this course is to prepare students to succeed at the university level by helping to improve academic reading and vocabulary skills. This class will stress all of the important areas of reading and vocabulary through a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials, including watching foreign films with subtitles to practice reading fluency. Timed readings are included. It will focus on main ideas, supporting details, identifying paraphrases, and summarizing. It will also focus on the development of advanced academic vocabulary for the university, research, and library skills. Additionally, the class includes summaries, reflections, and discussions of the materials as well as individual and group presentations.
 
080 - High Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
ESL 80 will develop all of the critical areas of reading and vocabulary through a variety of fiction and non-fiction materials. Students will focus on identifying and composing main ideas, writing a summary with paraphrases, making inferences and differentiating between fact and assumption based on textual evidence. It will also focus on the development of advanced academic vocabulary by learning how to use context to identify unknown vocabulary as well as focus on the recognition and use of various word forms. Reading activities include summaries, reflections, presentations, and discussions of the materials. 
 
090 - Advanced Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
This advanced course will teach students reading strategies that will improve reading skills as well as prepare them for college-level reading. Students will be exposed to a variety of text types such as newspaper articles, textbook chapters, and academic journals. This class will expand student’s academic vocabulary by developing and practicing vocabulary learning strategies. Students will be expected to complete writing assignments, participate in group discussions and complete presentations in response to the reading material. 
 
101 - Bridge Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours) 
The primary target of Bridge Reading and Vocabulary is to give students the reading skills and strategies they need in order to succeed as graduate-level university students.  Students will be exposed to a variety of text types, both fiction and non-fiction.  They will learn and practice techniques for critically reading and analyzing what is read.  In this class, students will continue to expand their academic vocabulary by developing and practicing vocabulary learning strategies. Students will be expected to complete writing assignments, participate in group discussions and complete individual and group presentations as methods of responding to the reading material.
071 - Intermediate Listening and Speaking (6 hours)
In ESL 71 students will prepare students for university-level classes by being exposed to a variety of lectures and speaking activities. They will identify the main ideas and support details, make inferences, make connections, and take notes.  In this class, students will also focus on basic speech acts, such as giving advice, entering a conversation, supporting and asking for opinions, clarifying, agreeing/disagreeing, etc. in order to participate in a group discussion. Students will learn pronunciation skills including stress, volume, and intonation. Students will be expected to complete listening assignments and participate in group/partner discussions.
 
081 - High Intermediate Listening and Speaking (6 hours)
High Intermediate Listening and Speaking is designed to equip students to succeed at the university level by advancing their listening and speaking skills. This quarter, students will be exposed to a variety of listening passages including authentic academic lectures that are of more complex difficulty and longer duration. They will learn to recognize lecture signals, identify the main ideas and supporting details, make inferences, recognize information conveyed in stressed words and intonation, make connections, and take notes with an outline.  In this class, students will also focus on summarizing, practicing presentation skills, and participating as an active audience member. Students will be expected to complete listening assignments and participate in presentations. 
 
091 - Advanced Listening and Speaking (6 hours)
The goal of this advanced course is to teach strategies that will further strengthen listening and speaking skills as well as prepare students for college-level courses. In the class, students will be exposed to a variety of listenings including authentic audio and classroom lectures. They will identify the main ideas and supporting details, make inferences, make connections, and take notes on lectures.  This class will also focus on various pronunciation points and presentation skills. Students will expand their vocabulary by becoming familiar with key vocabulary and idiomatic expressions. In class students will be expected to complete lecture listening assignments, participate and lead group discussions, complete presentations and participate in a debate. 
072 - Intermediate Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
This intermediate course was created to help students improve their academic writing skills and grammar at an intermediate level. At this level, students will master the essay level of writing and begin to produce essays of 5 paragraphs, including direct quotations. This class will emphasize certain grammar points and put into practice all steps of the writing process: pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. Different essay styles are explored, such as cause and effect.
 
082 - High Intermediate Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
The main goal of this course is to prepare high intermediate students to succeed at the university level by further developing students’ academic writing skills. Throughout the course, students will build on their knowledge of the five-paragraph essay to write developed, multi-paragraph essays using the argumentative essay mode. Students will practice supporting their thesis using information from an article provided. Outside sources and MLA citations will be studied. Students will also practice ways to make their sentences and paragraphs clear, concise and coherent using standard grammar and a direct American writing style.  
 
092 - Advanced Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
ESL 92 was designed to help students master college-level writing assignments. This course will help improve academic writing skills as well as grammar. Students will master the five-paragraph essay and be exposed to the summary/response rhetorical pattern. Students in this class will also write an opinion essay including research and outside sources. Grammar will be taught and practiced both directly, through a number of tutorials and practice activities, and indirectly, through writing and editing of work. 
 
102 - Bridge Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
Effective academic writing is an essential skill for success in all academic college studies. But writing is more than the mechanics of correct grammar and syntax. Effective academic writing is the logical, coherent and factually-supported presentation of ideas. This course will strengthen students’ level of writing to successfully transition to U.S. professional studies. In this course, students will hone the writing skills practiced in advanced writing classes. They will also learn how to critically evaluate information from outside sources and genres and present opinions in well- organized, logical and evidenced-based, documented research papers. The course emphasizes independent learning which is necessary to prepare students for graduate-level studies.
050 - English Skill Building for IELTS (3 hours)
In this course, students will practice the language skills necessary to prepare for the IELTS exam. The course will familiarize students with the features of the exam, types of questions, and the various writing tasks you can expect in the exam. Students will also learn specific time-management strategies to help improve their score. The course will include timed practices as well as one-on-one guidance on particular problem areas.
 
093 - Business English (3 hours)
Business English has been designed to help students develop the language skills and knowledge related to business communication in English. Students will learn how to apply and interview for a job in a U.S. or international company. The course will help improve knowledge of business-related vocabulary, as well as oral communication in a variety of situations, such as presenting, negotiating, conducting a meeting, and socializing in formal and informal business settings. Students will work on a number of group projects and give presentations, as well as learn to write more effective business letters, prepare visual materials to accompany presentations, and communicate effectively in a variety of business settings. 
 
094 - English Pronunciation (3 hours)
The main objective of this course is to develop American English pronunciation skills that are necessary for successful communication both in and out of the classroom. Students will develop these skills by increasing awareness of phonemic features, intonation, and rhythm and stress patterns. They will achieve greater accuracy as they listen to and practice specific vowel and consonant sounds as well as longer discourse patterns. In this class is that students will gain confidence in their ability to communicate effectively and comprehend spoken English.  
 
095 - TOEFL Preparation (3 hours)
TOEFL Preparation was created to equip students for the Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT). Students will learn and practice test-taking strategies to achieve the score needed.  They will become familiar with the format of the iBT and take practice tests. In this course, students will practice each of the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The exercises and practice tests completed in class will reflect actual conditions of the TOEFL, where language skills are integrated.