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Learn English in Chicago
Mission and Goals
Our mission is to 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.
ESL Program is designed for students whose knowledge of English allows them to score within a range of A1 to C2 on the CaMLA test.
Based on your language skill level, you’ll be placed in one of six levels:
- High Beginner
- Low Intermediate
- High intermediate
Once you master one level in your study of English, you can move to the next one as you step up in your command of the English language.
After successfully completing this program, the student will be able to:
- Apply major rules of grammar and usage in speech and in writing.
- Demonstrate understanding of U.S. interpersonal and cultural norms.
- Write clear, focused, logically organized academic essays and workplace emails.
- Use reading strategies to understand 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.
ESL Student Handbook
The ESL Student Handbook can be found here.
- Tuition: $1200 per 11-week term
- Lab Fee: $90 per term
- Books: FREE
MCC offers flexible schedules. Morning, evening and weekend schedules are available. Students must attend 18 hours per week.
Convenient Location in Downtown Chicago
Midwestern Career College main campus is located at 20 North Wacker, with an additional location at 100 South Wacker Drive, both in the heart of downtown Chicago, close to many forms of public transportation.
- CTA Trains: Washington/Wells stop on the CTA Red, Blue, Brown, Green, Pink and Orange lines
- Ogilvie Transportation Center (Metra)
- Union Station (Metra and Amtrak)
- Numerous bus lines
Validated parking is available at 230 West Washington Avenue with student ID.
This set of courses helps students build basic English skills. Students will study basic rules of English grammar, speak to each other in English, and write simple sentences in English about familiar things. Students will also use strategies to read short informational articles in English, answer questions about the readings, and learn new words. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and information about U.S. life and customs.
This set of courses helps students build English skills at the high-beginner level. Students will form simple English sentences, have short conversations, and write short paragraphs in the present, past, and future about familiar things. Students will also read short informational articles, answer questions about the readings, and learn new words. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and information about U.S. life and customs.
This set of courses helps students develop low-intermediate English skills. Students will form different kinds of longer English sentences in the present, past, and future; have short conversations; make short group presentations; and write longer paragraphs in English about familiar things. Students will also read and analyze short informational articles in English, answer questions about the readings, and increase their English vocabulary. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and information about U.S. life and customs.
This set of courses helps students build intermediate English skills. Students will form different kinds of longer English sentences in the present, past, and future and will build fluency by discussing familiar topics, taking notes on short lectures, making individual presentations, and writing short essays about familiar things in English. Students will also read and analyze informational articles in English, answer critical-thinking questions, and expand their English academic vocabulary. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and discussions about U.S. life and culture.
This set of courses helps students build high-intermediate English skills. Students will practice advanced verb forms and uses; speak and write using sophisticated sentence patterns; and write essays, including arguments. Students will also build academic skills by completing group projects, taking lecture notes, using digital tools to make presentations, reading longer nonfiction texts in English, and answering the kinds of questions often asked on English proficiency exams. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and discussions about U.S. history, life, and culture.
This set of courses help students work toward becoming fully proficient in English. Students will speak and write using sophisticated sentence patterns and will complete different types of academic and workplace writing. Academic skills include use of digital media to make presentations; expansion of academic vocabulary; development of critical-thinking skills; and practice answering the kinds of questions often asked on English proficiency exams. The courses include visits to interesting places in Chicago and discussions about U.S. history, life, and culture.
Click here to access the full ESL Student Calendar.
|Registration & Payment Deadline||1/9/2018|
|Term Start Date||1/22/2018|
|Library Day (Field Trip)||2/7/2018|
|Midterm Exam Week||02/26/2018 – 03/04/2018|
|Chicago Cultural Tour||3/22/2018|
|Final Exam Week||04/02/2018 – 04/08/2018|
|Term End Date||4/8/2018|
|Registration & Payment Deadline||4/23/2018|
|Term Start Date||4/30/2018|
|Library Day (Field Trip)||5/16/2018|
|Memorial Day / No Classes||5/28/2018|
|Midterm Exam Week||06/04/2018 – 06/10/2018|
|Independence Day / No Classes||07/04//2018|
|Final Exam Week||07/09/2018 – 07/15/2018|
|Term End Date||7/15/2018|
Our program will help you fully immerse yourself in the study of English. You’ll expand your vocabulary and improve your writing, reading, speaking, listening and comprehension skills for business environments as well as social and cultural settings.