Kendall College - Laureate English Program (LEP)
For 80 years, Kendall College has been offering engaging, specialized fields of study with a strong emphasis on immersive learning geared to your academic, personal, and professional success. Kendall College’s English Language Institute (ELI) in Chicago offers you the unique opportunity to receive intensive language instruction while immersing yourself in American culture and exploring Chicago, one of the most vibrant and popular travel destinations in the United States. We offer you student-centric programs led by our outstanding faculty, who have extensive experience in educating English Language learners.
About Kendall College
For 80 years, Kendall College has been offering engaging, specialized fields of study with a strong emphasis on immersive learning geared to your academic, personal and professional success.
Laureate English Program
Laureate English Program at Kendall College (LEP) in Chicago offers you the unique opportunity to receive intensive language instruction while immersing yourself in American culture. Using the well-known Cambridge University Press content as a teaching tool, we offer you student-centered and outcome-based curriculum led by our outstanding faculty.
For students looking to improve their English for academic study in the United States, we offer a ten week Intensive Immersion Program and for those students looking to immerse themselves in American culture, we offer a four week Language and Culture Seminar.
Our Provisional Admission program may be available to students who do not meet Kendall College’s English language admission requirement.
The City of Chicago
Chicago is a world-renowned city full of opportunities, both socially and professionally. It is a culturally diverse city of over 9 million people that truly has something to offer every individual, regardless of your interests.
Here are just a few highlights of what you can experience:
- An estimated 2.7M residents, making it the third largest city in the U.S.A.
- 26 miles of Lake Front, with 24 Beaches
- 552 Parks
- 4,700 Restaurants
- Internationally recognized Theatre District , more than 200 theatres.
- Museums: The Art Institute of Chicago is ranked the #1 museum in the world
- #1 Convention Center in the North America (McCormick Place)
- Nearly 200 art galleries
- 33 Fortune 500 companies
- 77 community areas containing more than 100 neighborhoods
- Music Festivals like Lollapalooza
- Professional Teams in Baseball, Basketball, Football, Soccer and Ice Hockey
Facilities and Accommodations
Your studies take place in a beautiful $60 million facility that occupies 5 acres along the Chicago River. Amenities include:
- On-site fitness center
- Three restaurants on campus: Café, Quick Service Restaurant and The Dining Room
- The Daily Grind- Coffee Bar
- Student Lounge
The Infinite offers residents a unique living experience in a high-rise building located in the heart of Chicago – steps from the best the city has to offer – from summer festivals and year-round entertainment to great restaurants and shopping.
Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago and other cultural centers are all within a couple blocks, providing the perfect balance of recreation and enrichment.
The Laureate English Program [LEP] at Kendall College offers immersive:
- Foundational English
- Academic English
These courses prepare non-native English speakers for higher education in English:
- The LEP uses student–centered teaching methods and an outcome-based curriculum.
- Kendall’s faculty supports the students as they improve their English and adapt to the culture of the United States.
- These teaching strategies help students be successful English communicators and college students.
Why Laureate English Program?
Laureate English Program [LEP] at Kendall College has a close relationship with three leaders in the field of English language teaching:
- Cambridge University Press
- Cambridge English Exams
- Bell Education Trust
Our relationship with these three leaders allows the LEP at Kendall College to provide high-quality content and assessment tools.
Intensive Immersion [10-Weeks]
Levels 1-3: Foundational English
- Levels 1-3 in Foundational Immersion prepare students to advance to higher levels
- Classes develop general English skills
- Classes provide much practice in speaking, listening, reading and writing
Levels 4-6: Academic English
- Academic English courses prepare students to higher levels of English or into academic courses
- Classes focus on academic skills:listening to lectures, note taking, writing reports and more
Language and Culture Seminar (4-Weeks)
Enjoy four weeks in the United States immersed in the English language and American culture. Stay in downtown Chicago surrounded by world class shopping, restaurants and attractions.
- Classes are scheduled Monday through Thursday, providing students with long weekends to further explore Chicago
- Afternoon field trips and evening activities are scheduled as part of the program
On numerous afternoons of the 4 and 10-week programs, Kendall College representatives lead you on cultural excursions to continue improving your English and to have fun. Some of the more popular outings include:
- Architectural and Building Tours
- Museum visits (Museum of Modern Art, Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago)
- Shopping on Michigan Avenue (Macys, Sacks, Nordstrom, Gucci flagship store, and countless other high end designers)
- Theatre District
You receive personalized attention (16:1 student to faculty ratio) from a dedicated team of Kendall instructors. Your Director of the LEP is Dr. Maria A. Montalvo, who has over 30 years of experience in the field of education.
Career Services is available to meet with students and alumni to discuss internship and employment opportunities, continuing education and aspects of the job search process as students plan for their futures. Students and alumni have the opportunity to interview with local, national and international-based companies for internship, part-time and full-time positions during on-campus special events.
Kendall's online career search site, Kendall Career Connections, provides current students and alumni 24/7 access to a database of full-time, part-time, seasonal, volunteer and internship opportunities.
English Language (ESL)
Type of School
Student Body GenderCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNo Affiliation
Scholarships for International StudentsYes
Conditional Admission AvailableYes
Type of HousingApartment