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English language support services, in group, individual, or online settings

Open Enrollment Services

English Language Programs provide language support services to international graduate students and scholars at Northwestern University. Our services take place year-round and include group classes, one-on-one instruction, and supported use of online software. Our services are offered as non-credit courses, and they are available at no charge to eligible students and scholars currently enrolled or employed at the university.  Anyone in the Northwestern community may also attend our ELP Language Table offered through the Buffett Forum for Languages and Cultures.

We also offer Advising Sessions and Office Hours as a way to get advice on a specific language question, review previous test scores, or, for PhD and MFA students, make a plan to fulfill The Graduate School’s English Proficiency Requirement.

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Proficiency-Based Services

For some PhD and MFA students, participation in specific English Language Programs services is required during graduate study. Participation in these classes is based on specific test scores and student criteria.

Professional Development for Graduate Students in Linguistics

Our program also offers significant training and teaching opportunities for students in Northwestern University’s Linguistics PhD program. In preparation for teaching in English Language Programs, Linguistics graduate students will enroll in Linguistics 489: Applied Linguistics for English Language Teaching, typically during Spring or Summer Quarter of their first year. Graduate assistantships are available for Linguistics graduate students to teach in Linguistics 380, 480, 482, and 483 (based on the department's recommendation). Part-time summer teaching and mentoring positions are also available in the International Summer Institute (TGS 509). If you are a current or prospective Linguistics graduate student, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in Linguistics or the Director of English Language Programs for more information.