Roosevelt University in Chicago, Schaumburg and Online - Logo

English Language Program

The English Language Program offers academic English as a Second Language (ESL) classes that prepare non-native speakers of English for study at the graduate or undergraduate level. The program offers conversation, grammar, reading, and writing courses at three levels of instruction: beginning, intermediate, and advanced. There is one additional composition course at the transition level. All students who enter the English Language Program complete placement testing that determines the courses that they will take.

Based on their Placement Test results, students who have been accepted into degree programs at Roosevelt University enroll for either a full-time load of ELP classes (four classes) or a combination of ELP and other university classes. Students who have been admitted for ELP Only generally take a full-time load of ELP classes.

Classes are kept small so that students can participate and receive individual attention. ELP teachers are trained specialists who have extensive experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages. 

Degree-seeking students must complete all ELP classes that are required on the basis of their placement tests results.

The majority of ELP students are on F-1 (full-time) student visas and have been admitted to Roosevelt University for degree work. These are students who have not taken TOEFL or who have not met Roosevelt University’s English Proficiency Requirements.  In addition to F-1 students, ELP welcomes students who have visas such as H1-B, H-4, and A-2, and those who are U.S. residents and citizens. All ELP students must have the equivalent of a high school diploma.

For more information call 312-341-3717 and be sure to check out our blog.