Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

Mission and Goals

English Language Learning Program (ELLP)


Loyola University’s English Language Learning Program (ELLP) is designed to assist language learners in developing their English skills as used in the United States. The program helps this population prepare for academic work at US colleges and universities and for professional careers. The following is an outline of the program’s complete purposes and goals.

For Students:

  • Provide superior English language training to non-native speakers so that they may acquire the skills necessary to achieve their academic goals
  • Foster cultural competence so that students may be successful in the American classroom
  • Guide non-native learners in their cultural adjustment through a professional, respectful environment
  • Enable English Language Learners (ELLs) to feel confident in producing English.
  • Emphasize and facilitate the growth of critical thinking skills for Loyola’s ELL population
  • Teach student skills so that independently learning may continue
  • Provide excellent training in research skills for students’ success in their academic goals
  • Promote the use of English both inside and outside the classroom through activities offered by Loyola
  • Determine level progression and exiting from the ELLP so that students may transition into academic work

Beyond the Classroom:

  • Support the profession of TESOL and contribute to knowledge in the field by working with committed professional faculty
  • Serve as a campus resource for ESOL related issues
  • Support the university’s various international initiatives with English language training and cultural expertise
  • Uphold ethical and academic standards of Loyola University and the TESOL profession