Loyola University Chicago’s English & Pre-College Preparation Program
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The core of the LEAP Forward@Loyola program centers around two morning courses, with academic levels tailored to students’ unique English language proficiency and post-secondary goals. Each student will enroll in one English as a second language skills course and one test preparation course. Each course will meet for 90 minutes, five mornings a week.
English Skill Development Course
This course will utilize the expertise of Loyola’s ELLP faculty to provide ESL instruction and development across the four major skill areas: writing, reading, speaking, and listening. The learning outcomes of this course include:
- Enhanced ability to write a well-developed, academic essay, emphasizing grammar points and practicing all steps of the writing process;
- Improvement in academic reading and vocabulary skills through a variety of authentic materials;
- Expanded listening and speaking skills, with exposure to a variety of listening passages and opportunities to practice speaking and pronunciation skills in large and small group formats.
Students will be divided into different sections to ensure support for varying levels of language proficiency. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion noting their English proficiency level, and will be prepared for higher level ESL courses or for their future university-level content courses.
Test Preparation Course
In this course Loyola’s ELLP faculty will help students prepare for the qualifying exams – such as TOEFL, IELTS, and SAT – that will be necessary for their upcoming university applications. This course will use individual and group work, as well as practice exams, to help students learn test-taking strategies and familiarize themselves with the formats of these tests. Students will continue to 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 these tests, where language skills are integrated. Upon completion, students will be more comfortable with, and better prepared for, the exams that they will complete as part of their college applications.
Education Level: Must have completed lower secondary school/junior high school
Academic Standing: Must be in good academic standing at high school
Age: Must be between the ages of 16-18 years old by the application deadline.
- English Language Level:Intermediate level and above; assessed via online placement test as part of the application process.
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