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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St. Mary’s College’s English Language School

Thanks to its reputation for academic excellence and, likewise, its athletic prowess, Notre Dame, Indiana is famous in the hearts and minds of many thanks to its namesake university. Not far from that storied campus, however, another school, St. Mary’s College, is quietly building a reputation for greatness in an entirely different discipline: English Immersion Education. Indeed, St. Mary’s College’s English Language School is directly across the street from Notre Dame but in many ways outshines its more famous neighbor. Founded in 1844 as an all-girls Catholic school, St. Mary’s has built its reputation on education with a personal touch and, as a result, non-native English speakers from all walks of life and all proficiency levels will benefit from the program’s intensive English language instruction.

Educational opportunities at St. Mary’s College’s English Language School are equal parts intimate and international. Due to a carefully cultivated combination of small classes and expert faculty, its classes are squarely focused on a personalized approach to student development that encourage students to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. At the same time, though, its state-of-the-art language laboratories and a steady stream of cultural immersion activities ensure that students have the opportunity to polish their skills in a variety of settings. Between their 15-week Fall and Spring semesters and 4-week Summer sessions program lengths, too, can be selected to suit a student’s unique needs.

No matter when they come, though, students preparing for English language higher education will benefit the English Language School’s close relationship with the larger liberal arts college. In this way, too, St. Mary’s College’s ESL Program offers the best of both worlds by providing this unique language immersion experience while still allowing students to enjoy the school’s close proximity to Chicago. Because it is at once at the heart of Notre Dame and on the doorstep of opportunity, success begins at St. Mary’s College’s English Language School.

Learn more about St. Mary’s English Language Program here.