English Language Services

The mission of English Language Services (ELS) at Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) is to provide engaging English language instruction in a dynamic learning environment relevant to the academic and professional needs of non-native learners.

ELS is accredited under the university through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and licensed to operate under the Illinois Board of Higher Education. ELS offers several options for students to develop their language abilities: 

  • Intensive English and Pathway Program
  • English Language Program (commonly referred to as PESL)
  • Professional Communication Advancement
  • English for Design

To view more information about the ELS department and what they offer, please visit english.iit.edu.

English Language Services also offers special programs/courses for visiting groups as well as individuals who want to study part-time. Contact us at els@iit.edu to find out more.

Supplemental English Language Courses

English language courses are not for academic credit and may be required as a condition of admission. English Language Services offers the following programs:

English Language Program

English Language Program (ELP) courses, commonly referred to as PESL, are supplemental English language courses for undergraduate, graduate, and international certificate students. They provide a linguistic bridge for currently admitted international students who need improvement with the English language. Illinois Institute of Technology offers skill-­building courses in academic reading, listening, writing, and oral communication that develop linguistic as well as cultural competence. The ELP, when all of the skill­-building courses are taken concurrently, also serves as additional semesters for English­-only students continuing from the Intensive English Program (IEP). English language courses for graduate and undergraduate students begin with PESL 0##. Undergraduate course sections begin with U. English language courses for International Certificate students begin with ELP 8##.

More information about English competency requirements is available in the Undergraduate Admission section and Graduate Admission section of the university bulletins. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the English competency requirements are available on the English Language Services website (appliedtech.iit.edu/english-language-services/faqs-assessments).

PESL 021Listening Enhancement I3
PESL 022Listening Enhancement II3
PESL 031Reading and Vocabulary Development I3
PESL 032Reading and Vocabulary Development II3
PESL 040Fundamentals of Academic Writing3
PESL 041Academic Writing I3
PESL 042Academic Writing II3
PESL 061Effective Communication I3
PESL 062Effective Communication II3
ELP 821Listening Enhancement I4
ELP 822Listening Enhancement II4
ELP 831Reading and Vocabulary Development I3.8
ELP 832Reading and Vocabulary Development II3.8
ELP 840Fundamentals of Academic Writing3.8
ELP 841Academic Writing I3.8
ELP 842Academic Writing II3.8
ELP 861Effective Communication I3.8
ELP 862Effective Communication II3.8
ELP 899Special Topics in English as a Second Language9

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Institute of Technology is designed to meet the personal, professional, and academic goals of international students. The program consists of the following:

  • Four levels of instruction, from high-beginning to advanced.
  • Core skills: Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, Grammar.
  • Elective courses: Test Prep (GRE Verbal, TOEFL), American Culture, Pronunciation, and various English for Specific Purpose courses such as Architecture, Business, and Engineering.
  • 19 total hours of class per week = 19 credit hour equivalents.
  • Classes meet daily Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Click here to view example schedule.
  • 15 students average in a class.

Students accepted to the IEP will study English, meet new people from different countries and cultures, and will experience Chicago while preparing for their academic and professional careers. Experienced full-time and part-time instructors with graduate degrees assist students in achieving their language goals.

Please visit english.iit.edu/iep for more information.

IEP 021IEP Listening and Speaking Level I8.5
IEP 022IEP Listening and Speaking Level II8.5
IEP 023IEP Listening and Speaking Level III8.5
IEP 024IEP Listening and Speaking Level IV8.5
IEP 025IEP Listening and Speaking10.6
IEP 026Pronunciation4.3
IEP 028Advanced Pronunciation4.3
IEP 041IEP Reading and Writing Level I8.5
IEP 042IEP Reading and Writing Level II8.5
IEP 043IEP Reading and Writing Level III8.5
IEP 044IEP Reading and Writing Level IV8.5
IEP 045IEP Reading and Writing10.6
IEP 061IEP Grammar Level I4
IEP 062IEP Grammar Level II4
IEP 063IEP Grammar Level III4
IEP 064IEP Grammar Level IV4
IEP 065IEP Grammar4.3
IEP 071Introduction to United States Culture4.3
IEP 073United States Culture4.3
IEP 075TOEFL Preparation for IEP4.3
IEP 077GRE Preparation for IEP4.3
IEP 081English for Special Purposes1.9-4.9
IEP 082English for Special Purposes: Architecture1.9-4.9
IEP 083English for Special Purposes: Engineering1.9-4.9
IEP 096Independent Study and Special Projects21