Become Proficient in English for Success

Having a strong grasp of the English language, both conversational and written, is imperative to advancing in an institution of higher education or in a professional setting in the U.S. City University of Seattle welcomes international students and students living in the U.S. to earn an English Language Certificate through the English Language Program.

Class sizes are kept small for personalized instruction. Upon completion of the program, you will feel confident in your English language abilities and will be eligible to enter our language-assisted MBA program or other bachelor’s degree programs without further language testing.

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.

Learning Outcomes

The ELP program provides you with:

  • A global understanding through an individualized approach to language instruction and cultural orientation
  • Language instruction and training that facilitates personal, academic, and professional growth
  • A supportive professional environment for instructional and professional staff that allows for further growth and development.
  • Multidisciplinary programs to prepare you for successful international and language-related careers.

Program Format

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 (four hours per day, Monday through Friday), and up to two hours of homework per class hour. Students may also choose to study one-on-one with an instructor in a customized program format. Part-time ELP students will have 10 hours of classroom instruction per week (two 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.

We provide international students with one-on-one assistance in all aspects of student life, including with your application, housing, orientation, activities, and advising.

Total Required Hours per Level: 200

Level 0

ELP 10A

Novice: Introduction to Listening & Speaking (0)

Novice A/B is a two-part course for students with no or very little English. The course helps students to learn basic phonics, basic verbs (to be, to have), and to use them to form sentences. Reading and writing are a part of the course. This course may be repeated if needed before moving to ELP Level 1.

ELP 10B

Novice: Introduction to Listening & Speaking (0)

Novice A/B is a two-part course for students with no or very little English. The course helps students to learn basic phonics, basic verbs (to be, to have), and to use them to form sentences. Reading and writing are a part of the course. This course may be repeated if needed before moving to ELP Level 1.

ELP 9A

Novice: Introduction to Reading & Writing (0)

Novice A/B is a two-part course for students with no or very little English. The course helps students to learn basic phonics, basic verbs (to be, to have), and to use them to form sentences. Reading and writing are a part of the course. This course may be repeated if needed before moving to ELP Level 1.

ELP 9B

Novice: Introduction to Reading & Writing (0)

Novice A/B is a two-part course for students with no or very little English. The course helps students to learn basic phonics, basic verbs (to be, to have), and to use them to form sentences. Reading and writing are a part of the course. This course may be repeated if needed before moving to ELP Level 1.

Level 1

ELP 11A

Beginner A Reading & Writing (0)

Beginner A/B is a two-part course for students who have studied English before but who need to develop their ability to understand and use the English they learned in school. Students in this level practice all areas of English communication: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and discussion in an increasingly integrated format.

ELP 11B

Beginner B Reading & Writing (0)

Beginner A/B is a two-part course for students who have studied English before but who need to develop their ability to understand and use the English they learned in school. Students in this level practice all areas of English communication: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and discussion in an increasingly integrated format.

ELP 12A

Beginner A Listening & Speaking (0)

Beginner A/B is a two-part course for students who have studied English before but who need to develop their ability to understand and use the English they learned in school. Students in this level practice all areas of English communication: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and discussion in an increasingly integrated format.

ELP 12B

Beginner B Listening & Speaking (0)

Beginner A/B is a two-part course for students who have studied English before but who need to develop their ability to understand and use the English they learned in school. Students in this level practice all areas of English communication: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, writing, and discussion in an increasingly integrated format.

Level 2

ELP 21A

Elementary A Reading & Writing (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 21B

Elementary B Reading & Writing (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 22A

Elementary A Listening & Speaking (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 22B

Elementary B Listening & Speaking (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

Level 3

ELP 31A

Intermediate A Reading & Writing (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 31B

Intermediate B Reading & Writing (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 32A

Intermediate A Listening & Speaking (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 32B

Intermediate B Listening & Speaking (0)

Elementary A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. Students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

Level 4

ELP 41A

High Intermediate A Reading & Writing (0)

High Intermediate A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 41B

High Intermediate B Reading & Writing (0)

High Intermediate A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 42A

High Intermediate A Listening & Speaking (0)

High Intermediate A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 42B

High Intermediate B Listening & Speaking (0)

High Intermediate A/B is a two-part course for students to practice more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

Level 5

ELP 51A

College Prep IA: Reading & Writing (0)

College Preparation I: Academic Reading and Writing is a course designed to help high-intermediate learners of English improve grammar and prepare them for writing assignments in an academic program. Emphasis is placed on writing the five-paragraph essay and summarizing, as well as developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and persuasion skills. Recommended entrance: Successful completion of ELP 41 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

ELP 51B

College Prep IB: Reading and Writing (0)

College Preparation I: Academic Reading and Writing is a course designed to help high-intermediate learners of English improve grammar and prepare them for writing assignments in an academic program. Emphasis is placed on writing the five-paragraph essay and summarizing, as well as developing critical-thinking, problem-solving, and persuasion skills. Recommended entrance: Successful completion of ELP 41 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

ELP 52A

College Prep IA: Listening & Speaking (0)

College Prep IA/B: Academic Listening & Speaking is a course designed to help high-intermediate learners of English improve listening and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program. Students expand their vocabulary and practice expressing their opinions clearly and coherently. Emphasis is placed on working with sources, researching topics, inferring meaning, and communicating on different levels, making oral presentations, and participating in class discussions. Other topics include pronunciation practice, listening to lectures, and note-taking skills. Successful completion of ELP 41 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

ELP 52B

College Prep IB: Listening & Speaking (0)

College Prep IA/B: Academic Listening & Speaking is a course designed to help high-intermediate learners of English improve listening and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program. Students expand their vocabulary and practice expressing their opinions clearly and coherently. Emphasis is placed on working with sources, researching topics, inferring meaning, and communicating on different levels, making oral presentations, and participating in class discussions. Other topics include pronunciation practice, listening to lectures, and note-taking skills. Successful completion of ELP 41 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

Level 6

ELP 61A

College Prep IIA: Academic Reading & Writing (0)

College Prep II A/B is a two-part course for students to practice in more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 61B

College Prep IIB: Academic Reading & Writing (0)

College Prep II A/B is a two-part course for students to practice in more advanced English in an integrated manner: speaking, listening, reading, discussion, and writing are taught and practiced as related skills. In each five-week term of this sequence, students work with more complex structures, learn to write compositions using such rhetorical organizational forms as comparison and contrast, cause and effect, and classification, etc. They also learn discussion skills, such as asking for opinions of other students, interrupting, asking for clarification, giving opinions, and clarifying ideas.

ELP 62A

College Prep IIA: Academic Listening & Speaking (0)

College Prep IIA: Academic Listening & Speaking is a course designed to help advanced learners of English improve reading, listening, and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program with a business focus. Students increase reading speed and comprehension, expand academic and business vocabulary, and practice presenting their opinions and findings from research clearly and coherently. Emphasis is placed on working with academic and professional sources, researching topics, inferring meaning, examining texts on different levels, making presentations, and participating in class discussions. Other topics include pronunciation practice, listening to lectures, and note-taking skills. Course Entry Requirement: Successful completion of ELP 51 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

ELP 62B

College Prep IIB: Academic Listening & Speaking (0)

College Prep IIB: Academic Listening & Speaking is a course designed to help advanced learners of English improve reading, listening, and speaking skills in preparation for an academic program with a business focus. Students increase reading speed and comprehension, expand academic and business vocabulary, and practice presenting their opinions and findings from research clearly and coherently. Emphasis is placed on working with academic and professional sources, researching topics, inferring meaning, examining texts on different levels, making presentations, and participating in class discussions. Other topics include pronunciation practice, listening to lectures, and note-taking skills. Course Entry Requirement: Successful completion of ELP 51 or an equivalent recognized measurement of English proficiency, as stated by City University’s academic policies.

Level 7

ELP 73A

Advanced Communications I: Introduction to Literature and Composition (0)

This course is designed to introduce advanced learners of English to formal essay writing and to the analysis of various forms of literature. Emphasis will be placed on writing literary analyses and developing the necessary skills to be a critical reader. Writing assignments will focus on major strategies of fiction prose.

ELP 73B

Advanced Communications I: Introduction to Literature and Composition (0)

This course is designed to introduce advanced learners of English to formal essay writing and to the analysis of various forms of literature. Emphasis will be placed on writing literary analyses and developing the necessary skills to be a critical reader. Writing assignments will focus on major strategies of fiction prose.

ELP 74A

Advanced Communications I: Discourse Analysis and Presentation (0)

This course will focus on improving the language skills students need in real-life situations. Students will enhance their listening by taking notes, restating, finding main ideas, and summarizing information. Students will also be expected to produce a range of spoken texts: conversations, discussions, formal, and informal speeches. This course will focus on building vocabulary and exposing students to American idioms and common expressions. Grammar points will be taught as an integral part of listening and speaking.

ELP 74B

Advanced Communications I: Discourse Analysis and Presentation (0)

This course will focus on improving the language skills students need in real-life situations. Students will enhance their listening by taking notes, restating, finding main ideas, and summarizing information. Students will also be expected to produce a range of spoken texts: conversations, discussions, formal, and informal speeches. This course will focus on building vocabulary and exposing students to American idioms and common expressions. Grammar points will be taught as an integral part of listening and speaking.

The English Language Program will prepare you for any number of professions, both domestically and internationally. You may pursue further education or a career in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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