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About English Language Instruction (ELI) Classes

Which ELI class should I take?

This will depend on your placement test score and your academic goals. New students should take the ELI ACCUPLACER test for placement. If you just want to improve your language in one skill only, such as grammar or pronunciation or vocabulary, 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 101-110, depending on your test score. 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 ELI 108 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 a college level class and may be transferred to another school and counted towards graduation.

Course Credits Test Score Prereq Description
ELI 100 Topics in Academic Enrichment 1-4 cr.
depending on topic
ELI Accuplacer 199+ Courses on various language topics: Grammar Review, Pronunciation, Speaking & Listening, Grammar and Writing, Spelling, etc.
ELI 101-110 Four levels of Intensive English 12 cr.
(6-6 cr.)
ELI Accuplacer 120-270 Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Transitional levels offered. Transitional level includes a college course. All language skills are taught.
ELI 108 Academic Reading & Writing I 6 cr. ELI Accuplacer 235+
APT 80+
For students who have attended high school in the US or lived in the US for an extended period of time and have strong oral skills.
ELI 109 Academic Reading & Writing II 3 cr. ELI Accuplacer 285+
APT 122+
For ELs who have taken intensive ELI courses but need more practice writing/reading practice. Reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary taught.
ELI 125 Introduction to American College Culture 1-4 cr. ELI Accuplacer 221+
Taking ELI 103 or higher
For students who have not attended grades K-12 in the US. Acculturation and orientation to US college study skills, test-taking skills and academic language and strategies. College level transfer credit can be used for general electives.

Do I receive college credit for these ELI classes?

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, ELI 125 is college level credit and may be transferred to another school and counted toward graduation.

Do I pay tuition for ELI classes?

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. Most ELI classes are between 3-12 credit hours.

For questions about your resident or visa status, go to Registrar and Records office at Grayslake or at the Student Activities Office at Lakeshore. Au pairs must complete a business form or provide a letter from their host family to get lower in-district tuition rates.

Important: Tuition payment deadlines will be enforced!

Is financial aid or scholarships available for ELI classes?

Yes. Federal financial aid is available for ELI 101-110 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.

ELI Open Educational Resources

Course: ELI 102, Reading and Vocabulary

ELI 102, Reading and Vocabulary (PDF)

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