Develop the skills and confidence in English that you need to succeed here at CityU
CityU’s intensive English Language Program (ELP) is specifically designed for students who would like to study in a U.S. institution of higher learning or for other personal or professional purposes. The goal of the program is to promote cross-cultural understanding through language instruction and to help students become competent in various skills in a wide range of settings, such as social conversations, academic written and oral presentations, or business meetings.
Format of the Program
The English Language Program (ELP) consists of nine levels. Those who complete Level 6 will earn a Level I Certificate and those who complete Level 8 will earn a Level II Certificate. Courses range from beginning to advanced, plus one pre-development, novice level. You’ll enter at one of these levels based on your score on an English placement test, which can be taken upon arrival or in your home country. Most students complete one level every ten weeks; however, since individuals learn at different rates, some students may skip or repeat levels.
ELP classes start every five weeks. Full-time ELP students will have 20 hours of classroom instruction per week (4 hours per day, Monday through Friday), and up to two hours of homework per class hour. Students may also choose to study 1:1 with an instructor in a customized program format. Part-time ELP students will have 10 hours of classroom instruction per week (2 hours per day, Monday through Friday). F-1 visa students are not permitted to study part-time unless they have received prior approval from their advisor.
All CityU instructors have graduate degrees and years of successful teaching experience. We keep class sizes small – no more than 15 students – so that you can get the personal attention you deserve. When you’ve completed ELP, you can enter our Language-Assisted MBA program or other bachelor’s degree programs without any further language testing.
Are you an international student?
Welcome to the U.S., to Washington state, and to Seattle! We’re here to provide you with one-on-one assistance in all aspects of your student life: application assistance, pre-arrival and housing information, orientation when you arrive, student activities, and academic as well as immigration advising. Talk with an international student advisor to learn more.
About our location
CityU’s main campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington. The English Language Program is offered by CityU’s Washington Academy of Languages.
Seattle is home to many of the most important businesses in the world, such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Our campus is five minutes from the beauty of Lake Washington, 40 minutes from skiing in the Cascade Mountains, and 2.5 hours from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. A bus system operates between downtown Seattle and the greater Seattle area. There are many apartments available near the site, along with numerous shopping and recreation areas.
See our tuition rates for international students.
The goals of the ELP program are to:
- Promote global understanding through an individualized approach to language instruction and cultural orientation.
- Provide language instruction and training which facilitates personal, academic and professional growth.
- Provide a supportive professional environment for instructional and professional staff that allows them further growth and development.
- Ensure that the program remains a prominent innovator in the area of professional development.
- Continue to evolve as an institution which offers multidisciplinary programs to prepare individuals for successful international and language-related careers.
Washington Academy of Languages
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Q&A with Jane Carter, English Language Program Faculty
Q: What is your terminal degree in and where did you get it from?
A: MA University of Colorado
Training at Paris III (Sorbonne)
Distance Learning Certificate from University of Washington Extension
Q: What do you do for fun?
A: Read, write, dance, walk and drive around to discover new nooks and crannies, travel, meet friends, voice-over acting.
Q: What classes do you teach?
A: I've taught many levels, but ELP 80, ELP 72, ELP 73 and ELP 52 most consistently.
Q: Why did you decide to start teaching?
A: It happened. It wasn’t really a decision. I taught ballet when I was 16. I was a TA at the University of Colorado. It went well. Sometimes teaching was a day job when I was performing; it has often been my main job. It has always been an activity I care about deeply. ESL is 20 percent about language, 80 percent diplomacy and creation of experiences where students discover what they need to learn.
Q: Why do you enjoy teaching at CityU?
A: Students at CityU tend to be motivated. At Washington Academy of Languages, we have small classes and this often facilitates real exchange that stretches students’ minds and worldviews. The new building design helps extend the atmosphere of exchange.
Q: What's one thing you always tell your students that may or may not relate to your class?
A: Shut off your cell phone. Learn from your classmates. Do more than you think you can.
Q: Any fond CityU memories that you can share?
A: Too many to mention. One nice vignette on a summer morning in a Level 3 grammar class: A school principal in his 40s from Mexico, a procurement officer in his 30s from Iran, and a twenty-something soldier from Mongolia, leaning in to solve a problem together.
Q: What might you tell a student who was thinking of taking one of your classes?
A: You can do way more than you think you can.
Q: What is something you've learned from end-of-course evaluations that you applied later on?
A: A student once complained that we didn’t do everything in the book. From that, I learned to explain on day one that learning language is different from some other school subjects in which a certain body of material has to be covered during the class. Learning a language is about changing behavior and mind patterns. We dive into the books to serve that purpose. Yes, we have to learn aspects of grammar, spelling, vocabulary, etc., but internalizing language is a circuitous process. Textbooks are just part of the whole.