North Central College - Naperville, IL

North Central offers international students chance to study English during summer

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

March 16, 2011—North Central College’s Summer Language Institute offers international students the opportunity to study English during intensive multi-week programs set in both classroom and informal environments.

Participants in the Summer Language Institute stay on campus or with local relatives. The courses are ideal for Chicago-area residents with family or friends from other countries who want to sharpen their English skills during study in the United States. North Central College provides applicants with the necessary documentation to apply for student visas in their home country.

The credit courses include instruction in speaking, listening, reading and writing, with grammar and vocabulary integrated into each area. The program incorporates practice in cross-cultural living and communication, with special emphasis on becoming familiar with American culture. Classes are taught by English Language Learning (ELL) professional faculty, all of whom have at least a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

“The Summer Language Institute is an affordable way for residents of Naperville and surrounding areas to invite their relatives from abroad to spend the summer with North Central College in an intensive ESL situation,” says Kelly Pilleux, international student advisor. “The program is designed for ages 15 to 30 and includes on-campus meals and housing if desired, full-time ESL, weekly cultural activities and Chicago field trips, involvement with current students and access to all of the College’s amenities. Students take a placement test and are arranged in appropriate levels and take classes in reading, writing, listening and speaking and also an elective class.”
The Summer Language Institute is a four-week program from July 16 through Aug. 13. Due to the academic calendar in Japan, a three-week option for students from Japan is available July 31 through Aug. 20. Fees include program, room and board, books, activities, a weekend home stay with a local family and health insurance. Students wishing to live off-campus may attend at the non-resident rate. Applications and deposits are due May 15 for both programs.

Contact Pilleux at or 630-637-5299 to learn more.