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Intensive English Program - SAELL

Northeastern Illinois University
Program overview
8-15 weeks
Full time/part time
Language course
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Program description


The School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning (SAELL) was established in 2013. SAELL was designed for non-native speakers of English who have a strong desire to improve their English proficiency. Our mission is to holistically build our students' English proficiency to help them succeed in their future academic, professional or personal use of English.

SAELL at Northeastern uses the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR) to measure English language proficiency. Because our levels were founded upon the CEFR bands and standards, our students can expect that their English language study with SAELL will be internationally recognized according to CEFR standards.

In each SAELL level, teachers prepare students for undergraduate and graduate study at Northeastern Illinois University or other higher education institutions. Students complete tasks relating to their future academic study. All courses focus on improving students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills in an integrated manner.

Admission requirements

Students are placed into their level of study based primarily on a CEFR proficiency test or their most recent TOEFL test score. Some course assignments may vary based upon individual skill area scores. The TOEFL test is given to all new full-time students during their first orientation week.

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Program content

SAELL Core Courses

SAELL has multiple levels of instruction based on the CEFR standards: A2, B1, B2. The SAELL curriculum was designed to develop the four core language skills—listening, speaking, reading and writing—through consistent engagement with these skills throughout each level of instruction. In addition, the curriculum integrates grammar, vocabulary, culture and content courses, and writing for specific purposes. The goal of the SAELL curriculum is to build English language fluency while integrating the skills necessary for students to succeed within their university programs and/or career paths.

  • We offer four core classes and up to two electives per term.
  • Core classes: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing; Grammar; Integrated Skills
  • Elective examples: Academic Vocabulary & Reading; Academic Writing; Pronunciation; Presentation Skills

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Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) is a public university that is more than 150 years old. It attracts students and faculty from over 100 countries. Its main 67-acre campus is a welcoming oasis located in a safe residential neighborhood on the...

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Northeastern Illinois University

5500 North St. Louis Avenue
60625 Chicago
United States of America

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