English as a Second Language | ESL Program

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL Program

Midwestern Career College’s ESL Beginner – Advanced courses are for students who wish to learn English in order to fulfill their personal, academic, or professional goals. The intensive, sequenced courses focus on the four English-language skill areas: listening and speaking, reading, writing, and application of grammar. Instructors use a variety of activities— interviews, dialogues, role-plays, language-games, and others — to give students opportunities to develop and use their English-language skills.

The ESL program is designed for students whose knowledge of English allows them to score within a range of A1 to C2 on the Michigan English Language 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 or the U.S.

Campus:Study format:Start date:Price:
Chicago DowntownOn Campus9/16/2024$1,790/term


CEA Logo Accredited Small eThe 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 2033 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.

These courses are not accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education and do 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

ESL 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 essays, responses, and summaries in English.
  • 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.
  • Give clear presentations supported by visual aids and collaborate with peers to complete projects.


English as a Second Language is offered at Midwestern Career College’s Chicago Downtown campus, conveniently located in the heart of the Loop at 100 S. Wacker Drive. Click here for more information on this campus.

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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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