ELP In-Depth: Sacred Heart University English Language Institute

SacredHeartPioneersLOGO1Thus far in our series on English Language Programs in the United States and around the globe we have looked at programs in two of the country’s most dynamic cities – New York City and Boston – and another – in West Virginia – that puts the more laidback lifestyle of small town American on display. As important as these two perspectives are, we at ESL Directory are pleased to report that still more options exist between these two extremes. As the following case study will demonstrate, Sacred Heart University’s English Language Institute is an excellent example of an English Language Program that combines the best of both.

Who should attend Sacred Heart University English Language Institute?
Sacred Heart’s ELI, as it is more widely known, has programs for a wide variety of students. In addition to a full-time immersion option, those with more limited availability will find the school’s part-time and evening courses ideal. These courses are designed to allow students to improve their TOEFL, Business Writing, and other skills at on a more flexible schedule. Better still, the Sacred Heart ELI also offers a specialized courses on Medical Interpretation and can provide customized courses on other aspects of English language education over the summer.

Where is the school located and where is housing?
Sacred Heart University’s ELI is located on the University’s main campus in Fairfield, Connecticut. As mentioned above, the location of Sacred Heart’s ELI represents a great combination of what makes studying English in the United States so compelling. In fact, this small New England town is routine ranked as one of the best places in America to live because it combines the quiet life of the rural Northeast with easy access to New York City, Boston and more. To help support this idyllic lifestyle, the ELI provides a wide variety of resources to its students in order to help them secure off-campus housing that will enable them to make the most of their studies. At the same time, ESL students who continue their studies as undergraduate students at Sacred heart University are eligible for the University’s many on-campus housing option.

When are classes held?
Students enrolled in the school’s flagship Intensive English Language course can expect to work on  listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in a variety of contexts 20 hours a week for up to 8 weeks. Though class times vary, there are four 8-week semesters and a short intense summer session of 5 weeks every year.

Finally, what makes the Sacred Heart University English Language Institute unique?
In addition to its picture perfect location, the ELI stands apart because of its emphasis on small classes and individualized attention. Not only are classes small in size – rarely exceeding 15 students– but participants will also benefit from the individual conversation partners that are available to all full-time students. As a result, Sacred Heart ELI students have an unparalleled opportunity for English immersion.


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