Certificates and 2 Year Degree Programs include; Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), or the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is awarded upon successful completion of the first two years of work re
- Chicago, United States
- Program Type:
- Intensive Language
- Degree Level:
- 1-3 months, 4-6 months, 1 year
- Program Description:
- The ELL program is part of the ELL/World Languages Department. We offer three levels of ESL Integrated English classes that focus on reading, writing and grammar as well as three levels of speaking and listening classes. In addition, the department offers Speech 143/Pronunciation, Social Science 101, Art Appreciation 101 and Humanities 107/Pop Culture. Our newest class is Reading 99, which can be taken simultaneously as ESL Integrated 99. All of these with the exception of the social science course are taught by faculty in our department. Most students in our program enroll in the college as full-time students, and many start taking select regular college-level classes as they prepare to enter English 101. While most classes in the college catalogue are not open to students until they graduate from our program, there are certain math, art, science and business classes that students can take while they are taking their ESL classes.
Certificates and 2 Year Degree Programs include; Associate in Arts (AA), Associate in Science (AS), Associate in Engineering Science (AES), or the Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) degree is awarded upon successful completion of the first two years of work requisite for transfer to a four-year college or university.
The educational experience of our students varies greatly. For the vast majority of our students, they are the first member of the family to attend college. Students may be recent graduates of Chicago Public Schools or other local high schools while others may have been in the work force for many years. There is also a large number who have received advanced degrees from their home countries and are in the process of transferring to graduate level programs in the US. We also host a number of students who are refugees and require emotional, as well as, academic support. Because our institutional role is to prepare students for college courses taught in English by English speaking professors, our focus is on academic English. Our program teaches English for Academic Purposes. Thus, our approach to ESL demands that we expose students to themes and materials that include academic language and academic content. Though each teacher incorporates a number of traditional language teaching methods when appropriate, the overall approach or philosophy of the program is content based and project oriented. We aspire to constructivist pedagogy where active learning and ongoing assessment are part of everything we do. In addition to the academic side, we organize monthly events for our students. Some standard activities are the Chocolate Party, ice skating, bowling, and bike riding. Students have also participated in supplemental field trips to local museums. The purpose of these trips is the development of community for students new to Chicago and new to the college experience. These trips allow students to create their own support groups by making connections across classes and cultures that have the potential to last throughout their college experience.
- Setting Description:
- The student population in ESL classes is diverse in every imaginable aspect. About 30% of the students enroll as international students on I20 Visas, on au pair visas, international work visas, spousal visas etc., while 70% are legal residents or US citizens. Students in ESL classes represent 55 or more countries in any given semester and their time in the US can be as little as one day to thirty years. The age of our students ranges from 18 to 60, and students come to class with a variety of purposes. Though most students come with the intention of completing a degree or certificate program, others come for one semester for personal enhancement. Students also present a variety of strengths and individual challenges.
- $8953 per semester
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