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Lectures

Each eight week course includes two weekly lectures that intensively focus on one of the core English language skill areas: reading, speaking/listening, or writing.

Workshops

As part of the integrated learning approach, BIR students select two workshops per week from a wide range of topics. Topics include vocabulary, grammar, cultural interests, Medical English, Business English, Hospitality, Journalism, American Workplace, Test Prep, and Computer Technology. Additionally, students can elect to take consecutive workshops on English for Specific Purposes Topics, or Streams. Steams offer students the opportunity to receive a certificate upon completion of 3 consecutive workshops.

Tutoring

Immediate feedback is at the heart of the Learning Center’s tutoring program. Students learn English language skills at their own pace on the topics with which they need the most help. In addition to a quiet place to study, the Learning Center provides useful resources that enhance lectures and workshops. English Language Institute students become regular visitors to the Learning Center for:

  • • Individual & small group tutoring sessions offered by dedicated, experienced tutors (7 sessions per mini term)
  • • Additional tutoring sessions are available for a fee through PLUS Services
  • • Study halls offer students opportunities to learn with their peers in small group settings tailored to their specific needs
  • • The lending library offers books, magazines, newspapers and other study materials

English Language Institute’s approach has

3main components


Lectures
Workshops
Tutoring

Combined, these components provide English language skills education that prepares students to meet their life, academic, and professional goals.


Choose your program. Start your future.

Introductory Program


This is the perfect starting point for students who are either new to the English language or have some English language skills already. The Introductory Program includes foundations, beginning and intermediate levels. The curriculum builds the basis of English language skills in reading, speaking and listening, and writing.

Introductory Program


  • Introduction to English
  • Fundamentals of English
  • Beginning Listening & Speaking
  • Beginning Reading
  • Beginning Writing
  • Intermediate Listening & Speaking
  • Intermediate Reading
$ 880
Per Course

Course length: 8 weeks

ELP Bridge Program


This program is ideal for students with moderate English skills. This program consists of 7 courses, including Intermediate, Advanced and Academic Bridge courses. The English Language Bridge Program builds on student skills by teaching advanced grammar, public speaking, and essay writing.

ELP Bridge Program


  • Intermediate Writing
  • Advanced Listening & Speaking
  • Advanced Reading
  • Advanced Writing
  • Academic Bridge Listening & Speaking
  • Academic Bridge Reading
  • Academic Bridge Writing
$ 880
Per Course

Course length: 8 weeks

IELTS and TOEFL iBT® Test Prep:


IELTS and TOEFL iBT® test preparation at BIR consists of 6 courses that offer a pathway to a high test score and assists students in academic and professional pursuits. The program includes 3 test practice courses as well as 3 university level skills courses.

IELTS and TOEFL iBT® Test Prep:


  • Intermediate Writing
  • Advanced Listening & Speaking
  • Advanced Reading
  • Advanced Writing
  • Academic Bridge Listening & Speaking
  • Academic Bridge Reading
  • Academic Bridge Writing
$ 920
Per Course

Course length: 8 weeks

Applied Business Communication


The Applied Business Communication program explores the role of communication in the business world and tasks of writing and editing for business, web, and social media.

Applied Business Communication


  • Introduction to English
  • Fundamentals of English
  • Beginning Listening & Speaking
  • Beginning Reading
  • Beginning Writing
  • Intermediate Listening & Speaking
  • Intermediate Reading

Accelerated English Language


The Accelerated English Language courses at English Language Institute offer fast track instruction for those who wish to quickly improve their English language skills.

Accelerated English Language


  • Accelerated Course
$ 1120
Per Course

Course length: 4 weeks

Study and Tour:


Learn English while exploring Chicago’s unique American culture. The “Study-And-Tour” ESL program is designed to allow students to apply listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills learned in class towards the exploration of some of Chicago’s many cultural activities and attractions.

Study and Tour:




Beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL students are welcome in the program, and are placed in an appropriate class based on their language abilities.

Learning Center

A tutoring, testing, and independent learning resource lead students to sucess.


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