English for Academic Purposes (ESL)


Midwestern Career College’s English for Academic Purposes program is designed for advanced (C2) ESL students who wish to further develop their academic skills and understanding of US culture in preparation for admission to or study in US colleges and universities. Through wide reading of various types of texts; listening to and taking notes on lectures; building academic report-writing and research skills; and discussion of US values and eras, students will strengthen their ability to succeed in institutions of higher learning in the U.S.

English For Academic Purposes Courses:

  • TOEFL iBT Preparation
  • Understanding US Culture
  • Academic Writing from Sources
  • Critical Reading and Thinking Skills in English: US Fiction
  • Critical Reading and Thinking in English: US Nonfiction
  • IELTS Test Preparation

To take English for Academic Purposes courses, students must complete ESL060 Advanced Grammar, Reading, Listening and Speaking, and Writing courses or earn a minimum total score of C2 Advanced on the Michigan EPT.

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 Small eAccreditation

The 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.

Program Objectives

The goals of this program are to help students to:

  • Understand and annotate college-level texts.
  • Recognize typical lecture structures and learn systems for lecture notetaking.
  • Find reliable sources of information and cite them correctly.
  • Organize, write, and edit research-based reports.
  • Practice answering the types of questions typically asked on English-language proficiency exams.
  • Learn the origins of shared US cultural values and systems of government.

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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