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English Language Instruction Lab

Academic English as a Second Language (ESL) / English Language Instruction (ELI) Program


For information on acquiring an I-20 to study at CLC, please contact the International Student Admissions representative.

For more information about ELI classes, contact the ELI Professors.

The Academic ESL program at the College of Lake County is also known as the English Language Instruction (ELI) program.

About the ELI Program

ELI is an English language program that is designed for ESL students who want to learn English as quickly as possible in order to satisfy College Reading and Writing Readiness requirements for college classes, transfer to universities or to practice a profession in the U.S. This program serves international students, au pairs, US high school graduates and any other English learner who has academic or professional goals.

Students taking ELI courses have access to an ELI tutor and a state-of-the-art language lab which has 34 stations, a full-time lab assistant, language software for practice with all language skills and is open 35+ hours a week for individual use.

Learn more about ELI classes.


English Language Instruction (ELI) Program

Prospective international students will meet CLC students from around the world and learn about the college's English Language Instruction program and all the services we offer to international students. Our number one goal is to help you prepare for success in college-level classes. The video includes scenes from around campus.

CLC’s nationally accredited, award-winning program features small classes of around 15 students, taught by experienced and caring faculty who provide students with personalized attention. Our teachers’ main focus is to help you obtain as quickly as possible the English language skills you will need for further education or a professional career.

We offer different levels of English language instruction. Once you arrive on campus, you will be tested in English and placed in the correct class level, as determined by your test score. TOEFL scores are not required. After taking ELI classes and gaining English proficiency, you can continue at CLC to earn an associate degree or certificate, or you may choose to transfer to a four-year college or university to attain a bachelor’s degree.

In our state-of-the art language lab, you will practice your English skills, in a group or individually, using audio and video instruction and practice. We also offer English conversation circles, where students can informally practice their English together.

Our vibrant, beautiful campus is located an hour north of Chicago. We encourage students to get involved in campus life by joining one of the over 50 student clubs that cover a wide range of interests, including different religions, cultures, hobbies and academic fields such as engineering or computers.