The mission of English Language Services (ELS) at Illinois Tech is to provide engaging English language instruction in a dynamic learning environment that is relevant to the academic and professional needs of non-native learners.

We offer several options for students to develop their language abilities, including the Intensive English Program, Proficiency of English as a Second Language (PESL) courses for undergraduate and graduate students, group programs, and unique English language programs for Institute of Design and Stuart School of Business students. We also offer English Language Assessment testing.

English Language Services is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2018 through April 2023, and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.665.3400,

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English USA the American Association of Intensive English Programs

English Language Services is an active member of EnglishUSA, the largest professional association of English language programs in the United States. English Language Services is also accredited under the university through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and licensed to operate under the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

English Language Services began with the strategic plan of the university and adapted it to language instruction. Learn more about Illinois Tech's strategic plan on the university's website.


Focused on an innovative, professional, and technology-oriented approach, English Language Services’s programming will be internationally recognized as both a pathway to study and a co-curricular pursuit at Illinois Institute of Technology.


Innovation in language education is required in order to gain national/international recognition and differentiate English Language Services at Illinois Tech from English language programs at other institutions. English Language Services will...

  • continue to develop engaging programming and interdisciplinary programs
  • continue to partner with internal departments in order to increase recognition of our services
  • work to build our international reputation among students around the world who are looking for a strong university with excellent support services for international students

Increased recognition of our quality programming will positively influence our resource allocations from the university and allow for development of existing strengths.

Quality Innovative Education

International students will select Illinois Tech because they gain an educational experience with language support that is not replicated at other universities. Students will report that the language support received at Illinois Tech prepared them for success in their careers. For students who are seeking admission, English Language Services will provide a means to allow more international students entry to the university.

Innovative and engaging language instruction is key to creating high-achieving students as they pursue their academic and professional goals. Leveraging classroom and pedagogical technology to provide an engaging learning environment will support international students in becoming executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders in their respective fields. Many graduates often go on to occupy key positions in industry, government, and academia, thereby lending added distinction to the university.


English Language Services must strive for and achieve excellence in all activities throughout its department. English Language Services must...

  • challenge itself to emphasize excellence in education, a commitment to diversity, and a respectful work environment throughout all areas of the university
  • improve administrative processes to properly serve students, and to support faculty and staff

Continuous improvement of our educational programs and related procedures will strengthen the university's financial solvency and enhance its reputation.

Strategy and Objectives

  1. Growth and development of the student body
    • Increase IEP to 20 full-time students by AY 2021
    • Increase IEP enrollment to offer two levels by AY 2020 √
    • Establish and operate an English Pathway Program by AY 2020
  2. Promotion of innovative thinking and excellence throughout the university
    • Develop more engaging assessments for receptive skills by AY 2020 √
    • Faculty/Staff development
      • Identify, develop, and provide high-quality professional development opportunities for faculty each year √
      • Support instructors to attend local or national TESOL conferences every two years √
      • Develop and offer an annual workshop/webinar on working with non-native English-speaking students to university faculty and staff by AY 2021
    • Achieve CEA Accreditation by AY 2020 √
  3. Elevation of Illinois Tech’s visibility and reputation
    • Achieve CEA Accreditation by AY 2020 √
    • Increase knowledge of IEP within the university by AY 2020 √
    • Increase social media presence by AY 2020 √
  4. Enhancement of Illinois Tech’s facilities, infrastructure, and environments
    • Develop and submit a Project Management Office proposal for a business process analysis of placement assessments √
    • Secure a plan for dedicated computer labs and check-in space by AY 2020 √
  5. Strengthening of Illinois Tech’s colleges and schools
    • Partner with other schools and departments within Illinois Tech
      • Partner with admission offices to develop and offer a pre-matriculation program for incoming international students by summer 2021
      • Establish coursework for English Pathway Program students by AY 2020
      • Develop undergraduate English language requirements with admission by AY 2020 √
    • Collect and analyze student needs for the various academic disciplines √

As English Language Services strives for continuous improvement, we focus on the following values:


  • Our first priority is the student
  • We provide innovative and relevant course instruction
  • We develop engaging, student-centered programming and services

Open and Honest Communication

  • We encourage every team member to respectfully express opinions
  • We value constructive feedback and candid conversation
  • We strive to be open-minded in order to learn from one another


  • We respect each other as professionals and trust each other's judgments
  • We value diverse opinions
  • We are committed to professional development and growth


  • We value collaboration to ideate, strategize, and innovate
  • We strive to contribute equally to the success of our department
  • We seek to acknowledge the contributions of all team members