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) assists language learners in developing their English skills as used in the United States. The program helps learners to prepare for academic work at US colleges and universities, for professional careers and personal purposes.
The program’s purposes and goals are:
For Students:
  • Provide superior English language training to help students acquire the skills necessary to achieve their goals
  • Foster cultural competence for our students' success in American culture
  • Guide learners in their cultural adjustment through a professional, respectful, and supportive environment
  • Enable English Language Learners (ELLs) to feel confident in learning and using the English language
  • Emphasize and facilitate the growth of critical thinking skills for Loyola’s ELLs
  • Teach students skills so that, independently, learning may continue outside of the classroom
  • Provide excellent training in research skills for students’ success in their academic goals
  • Promote the use of English both inside and outside the classroom
  • Determine level progression and completion of 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 TESOL-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