ELS operates the largest network of university campus-based English learning centers, which put forth a wide variety of English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. ELS delivers both long term and short term 1programs. However, it is not mandatory to pursue an English program in order to avail our university counseling and admission services.
Courses range from beginner to advanced level, meeting the language needs of every student. For instance, advanced English courses deal with communication and presentation in a professional context and are tremendously useful to students who lack confidence in the English language. These language programs will enhance the university experience for students and improve their return on investment in their education.
All ELS teachers are professional educators with experience in English language instruction. The majority hold Master’s degrees.
In 2008, ELS instructor Judith Dillon received the award for Excellence in Teaching from TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), the international organization representing the ESL profession.
ELS teachers engage in professional growth opportunities throughout the year, including monthly professional development workshops.
ELS is known for the dedication, skills, and length of service of our teachers. Many of our instructors have taught at ELS for 15 years or more.
The ELS curriculum is refreshed and improved regularly through suggestions and feedback from our most experienced instructors and from our students.
Active Participation in Professional Education Communities
Many of the most experienced teachers at ELS—Senior Instructors and Instructional
Specialists—are members of TESOL.
ELS instructors are encouraged to participate in professional organizations and conferences and are recognized for doing so. Since 2007, ELS instructors and staff have given more than 40 academic presentations at the annual local and international TESOL Conferences.
ELS presents regularly at NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, where it holds the largest number of memberships of a single organization. Also, ELS Instructors,Center Directors, and other staff have held multiple offices and committee memberships in TESOL, NAFSA, and related advocacy groups serving the ESL community.