The Academic ESL program at the College of Lake County is also known as the English Language Instruction (ELI) program.
ELI (English Language Instruction) courses are ESL classes for students who would like to continue studying in American colleges or universities or who would like to practice their career in the US. You will learn necessary academic language and study skills that increase your chances of succeeding in future college classes. Class size is small, homework is assigned and every attempt is made to help students reach language proficiency as quickly as possible.
This will depend on your placement test score and your academic goals. If you already have a CELSA test score, you may use that score for placement. New students should take the COMPASS ELI test for placement. If you just want to improve your language in one skill only, such as grammar or pronunciation or research writing, take ELI 100 classes. If you need to improve all English skills as quickly as possible to get language proficiency to take college courses or practice a profession, you should take ELI 101-107, depending on your test score (see below). If you have attended high school in the US and you only need to improve your reading and writing skills to take college classes, you should register for ELI108 or ELI 109, depending on your test score (see below). If you are a new student in the US and are not familiar with the educational system here, you could also take ELI 125 Introduction to American College Culture. ELI 125 is college level and may be transferred to another school and counted towards graduation.
Yes, you do receive college credits for these courses, but the credits for ELI 100-ELI 109 do not count towards a certificate or degree and cannot be transferred. However, you may take ELI 125 for 1 credit. and that is college level credit and may be transferred to another school and counted toward graduation.
Yes. If you are a permanent resident living or working fulltime in Lake County, you will need to pay in-district tuition rates. If you are an international student with an F-1 visa, you will be required to pay out-of-state tuition rates. The rates listed are per credit hour. Our classes are between 3-12 credit hours.
For questions about your resident or visa status, go to Admissions and Records office at Grayslake or at the Student Activities Office at Lakeshore. Important: Tuition payment deadlines will be enforced!
Yes. Federal financial aid is available for ELI 102-109 classes if you qualify. CLC foundation scholarships are also available for ELI classes if you qualify. You can get an application form in the Financial Aid Office at Grayslake or at the Student Activities Office at Lakeshore or apply for financial aid online.
For information on acquiring an I-20 to study at the College of Lake County, please contact the International Admissions representative.
For more information on ELI classes, contact:
Joyce Gatto at (847) 543-2304 or email@example.com in Room A236 or
Jacinta Thomas at (847) 543-2565 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Jill Bruellman at (847)543-2546 or email@example.com.
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