Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

Intensive English Program (IEP)

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Loyola’s ELLP curriculum 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 (graduate and undergraduate)

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 and Electives Master List

050 - High Beginner Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
Beginner Reading is designed to help students develop a strong foundation in basic reading literacy skills, the General Service List vocabulary, and beginning academic vocabulary. Students will practice a number of reading strategies for reading faster, understanding vocabulary in context and using strategic reading skills. Students will improve their general reading skills by increasing their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and speed.  
 
060 - Low Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary (6 hours)
In this class, students will improve their reading skills and expand their academic vocabulary. Students will learn to better understand texts by using skills such as predicting and previewing in order to make a connection to passages before beginning to read. They will learn to identify main ideas and look for details by skimming and scanning, as well as use context clues to guess the meaning of new vocabulary. By the end of the course, students should be able to understand intermediate texts from a range of contexts drawn from everyday experience and academic subjects. 
 
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.
051 - High Beginner Listening and Speaking (6 hours)
ESL 51 is a class that will focus on basic listening and speaking skills to prepare students not only for the academic world but also provide practical tools needed to complete daily life activities. Students will develop listening skills in and out of the class through listening to online conversations and short lectures. They will also develop and enhance basic conversational skills along with learning how to give informal short presentations on a familiar topic. The goal is also to help students understand the main idea and identify specific details of a conversation or lecture and to make a presentation about a topic.
 
061 - Low Intermediate Listening and Speaking (6 hours) 
The main objective of this course is to prepare students for success at the university level with effective academic listening and speaking skills.  Throughout the course, students will learn, practice, and develop strategies to help combine listening and speaking. Activities include group work, role play, and other discussion-oriented activities both in and out of the classroom. Student’s grades will be based on their ability to demonstrate the use of language for conversation, in-class discussion, and group work.
 
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. 
052 - High Beginner Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
This beginner writing course is designed to help students develop their basic academic writing skills and grammar.  At this level, students will master the sentence level of writing and begin to produce paragraphs. This class will emphasize all steps of the writing process: pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing. The course will also focus on grammar skills in order to write clear and correct sentences.
 
062 - Low Intermediate Writing and Grammar (6 hours)
ESL 62 will help low intermediate students improve their academic writing skills and grammar. At this level, students will master the paragraph level of writing and begin to write a well-developed essay using the compare and contrast structure. Along with specific grammar functions, this class will emphasize all steps of the writing process: pre-writing, planning, drafting, revising, and editing.
 
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.