ELP In-Depth: ELS Language Centers

F32713_ELS_International_20Pathways_language_20centers_20_pms165_smallWith our discussion of the CSI ESL Academy, we highlighted their unique multi-campus structure. CSI is not alone in this approach, however –in fact, our next subject, ELS Language Centers, has more than 60 locations around the world. As a result, students can pursue their English-language education not only in the United States but also in Canada, Australia, and more.

Who should attend ELS Language Centers?
With over fifty years of English-education experience to call upon, ELS Language Centers offer something for everyone. Its propriety curriculum offers 12 different levels of instruction that enable students from the “Beginner” to “Master” level to polish their English proficiency skills. Moreover, with General, Academic, Junior, Executive, and Test Preparation programs to choose from, there is something for everyone at ELS.

Where is the school located and where is housing?
As noted above, there are more than 60 ELS Language Centers around the world. Many are located on or near university campuses and, as part of the collegiate experience, in some cases housing in residence halls and homestays can be arranged. Interested students should include all housing inquiries with their initial applications as availability is limited.

When are classes held?
Specific schedules vary by location and area of study. From intensive programs that run 30 hours a week to semi-intensive 20 hour sessions, the scheduling needs of most students can be easily accommodated. Most classes run Monday to Friday. At the same time, though many programs have monthly start dates a few are summer-only opportunities.

Finally, what makes the ELS Language Centers unique?
With so many locations, study options, and start dates available, ELS represents one of the premier language immersion opportunities on the market. Its experience has enabled them not only to offer a wide breadth and depth of services, however – it has also enabled them to develop one-of-a-kind curricula, textbooks, and language-learning software. With these resources – and ELS Language Centers themselves at your disposal – the sky’s the limit when it comes to English immersion!

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ELS Language Centers Testing Services

ELS Educational Services, Inc – also known simply as ELS – offers international English immersion students a number of unique benefits. Far and away one of the most impressive of these is the wide recognition and acceptance of their English for Academic Purposes – otherwise known as EAP – certification. Part of the on-campus Intensive English Program curriculum at many of its ELS Language Centers around the world, an advanced EAP level is recognized by over 600 colleges and universities as direct proof of English proficiency for admission. That means that students who study English at ELS Language Centers and complete ELS level 109 or 112 can use it as direct fulfillment of its English proficiency requirement for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Better yet, many ELS partner universities offer ELS Language Center students that achieve these levels of proficiency a conditional letter of admission to many of their higher education programs. This means that students can transition from their English immersion program directly to a degree-seeking program at the same institution as seamlessly as possible, a unique advantage of ELS Language Centers.

In the event that your chosen university does not yet accept the ELS certification itself, all ELS Language Centers offer preparation courses. These distinct courses are comprised of a comprehensive, 12-week curriculum that allows any student – including those already affiliated with an ELS immersion program or those who are new to the ELS system – to practice the speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills necessary for TOEFL success. As an added bonus, thanks to a cooperative agreement with Educational Testing Services (the developers of the TOEFL exam), ELS also offers testing services for the TOEFL. This means that students can move directly from their preparatory work to the actual test at any ELS Language Center in the United States.

Of course, before signing up for any program you should carefully consider what your chosen institution requires. Given the sheer number of possibilities covered by ELS, however, you can rest assured that ELS can help you no matter what the future holds.