The ESL Academy’s Intensive English program (IEP) offers both classroom and computer-based English as a second language courses. Intensive English classes are designed to prepare students for U.S. college and university courses. The curriculum is divided into three subject areas: vocabulary and conversation, writing and grammar, and reading strategies. Language development in these areas will help students become comfortable communicating in a number of different ways. Students of any ESL level are welcome to participate in the program. Students will be grouped into one of three progressive ESL levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. A student’s level is determined by the results of a placement test that takes place before enrolling in a program. Each level of the IEP is three academic quarters, or one academic year, in length and taught during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
The ESL Academy’s Academic English programs (AEP) are specialized English language training programs for academic purposes. AEP courses are especially suited for those with advanced English skills who are planning to advance their education at American colleges and universities. The programs include General Writing, Literature, and General Communication. In addition to focused study in one of these areas, students are introduced to expectations they will face in a U.S. college, such as regular class participation, original thought, and independent learning. Each program is three academic quarters, or one academic year, in length and taught during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.
Business English Programs allow advanced-level students a way to develop the professional language skills needed to communicate in a business environment. Programs include the Customer Service Specialist program and the Hospitality Industry Professional program. Enrolling in one of these programs allows students to work legally in America on an F1 student visa while learning professional skills. Each program is four academic quarters in length and includes internships as an integral part of learning.
The Degree Link provides students with excellent education and professional training that lead to a BS Degree at CSI partner universities as well as to professional industry-recognized certifications, and practical experience. What’s more important, it’s the most economical and efficient way to obtain all necessary credentials to start a new career.
Career programs train students to have the skills needed for current high-growth industries, including networking, healthcare, and business administration. Programs emphasize job preparedness so that students have strong appeal for potential employers. Career programs are vocational programs, not language programs, so students should already have advanced language proficiency before enrollment.
Different programs are offered from CSI and CSI ESL Academy campuses in Boston, Worcester, Chicago, Skokie, Lombard, Elgin, and Gurnee. For more information about programs, click on a program page or use the form to the right to contact the ESL Academy.