English as a Second Language (ESL)

Midwestern Career College’s English as a Second Language program is designed for students who want to become proficient in the English language to pursue higher education in a U.S. college or university or to further themselves professionally in their home country. Students will build academic skills and knowledge of U.S. culture as they develop their knowledge of English.

By focusing on the four primary skill sets — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar — students will gain the vocabulary, fluency, and confidence necessary to succeed in academic settings in the U.S. or to work with English-speaking clients in their home countries.

The program is designed for students whose knowledge of English allows them to score within a range of A1 to C2 on the Michigan English Placement Test.

Program Mission

Provide non-native speakers of English with the English language, academic, and cultural skills that will enable them to further their education in U.S. colleges or universities and/or gain employment in their native countries.

Campus:Study format:Start date:Price:
Chicago MainHybrid9/12/2022$1,500/term
Program Length: 11 weeks/term


CEA Logo Accredited LargeThe Midwestern Career College English as a Second Language Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2018 through August 2023 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

This program is not accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and does not qualify for Title IV financial aid assistance.

What You’ll Learn

Based on your language skill level, you will be placed in one of six levels:

  • Beginner
  • High Beginner
  • Low Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • High intermediate
  • Advanced

English As A Second Language Courses:

  • Beginner Reading; Beginner Writing; Beginner Listening and Speaking; Beginner Grammar
  • High Beginner Reading; High Beginner Writing; High Beginner Listening and Speaking; High Beginner Grammar
  • Low Intermediate Reading; Low Intermediate Writing; Low Intermediate Listening and Speaking; Low Intermediate Grammar
  • Intermediate Reading; Intermediate Writing; Intermediate Listening and Speaking; Intermediate Grammar
  • High Intermediate Reading; High Intermediate Writing; High Intermediate Listening and Speaking; High Intermediate Grammar
  • Advanced Reading; Advanced Writing; Advanced Listening and Speaking; Advanced Grammar

Program Objectives

• Apply major rules of grammar and usage in speech and writing.
• Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. interpersonal and cultural norms.
• Write clear, focused, logically organized academic essays and workplace emails.
• Use reading strategies to understand the text, and critical thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate arguments.
• Take notes on lectures in English and answer various types of questions often asked on quizzes and tests in the U.S.
• Give clear, focused digital presentations and collaborate with peers to complete projects.

Admissions Contact Info


100 South Wacker Drive, LL 1-50
Chicago, IL 60606

312-236-9000 ext. 2


Business Hours:

Mon – Thu 9:00A.M. – 6:00 P.M.

Fri 9:00A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

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