English for Academic Purposes | ESL Courses

English for Academic Purposes (ESL)


English for Academic Purposes ESL courses are 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.

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 (ESL) 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 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.

English for Academic Purposes Objectives

The overall goals of these courses 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.


English for Academic Purposes (ESL) 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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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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