Each seven week course includes two weekly lectures that intensively focus on one of the core English language skill areas: reading, speaking/listening, or writing.
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.
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Accelerated English Language courses at English Language Institute offer fast track instruction for those who wish to quickly improve their English language skills.
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.
Beginning, intermediate, and advanced ESL students are welcome in the program, and are placed in an appropriate class based on their language abilities.