Academic ESL Programs

Computer Systems Institute

Program Description

Academic ESL Programs

Computer Systems Institute

Academic ESL Programs

Computer Systems Institute’s Academic ESL Programs are designed for students who are highly proficient or approaching fluency in English. These courses include vocabulary building through reading and classroom discussion in addition to the development of academic writing skills and communication skills necessary for participation in U.S. college classrooms; Academic ESL prepares students to study in a mainstream classroom with native speakers by building their abilities to give critical opinions in academic discussion, to read attentively, and to write effectively. These courses aid students in developing the skills needed for the language-based exams required for admission to a university program.

CSI offers three different English programs:

  1. General Writing
  2. Literature
  3. Communication

Each program is three academic quarters (30 academic weeks) in length. These programs are not eligible for Title IV funding (financial aid).

General Writing Program – 1 Year/33 weeks

Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter

Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter

The General Writing Program includes three courses which explore different types of composition: Different Writing Styles, Writing for Work, and Writing a Student Newspaper. The program will help students develop the critical thinking skills and writing strategies needed to design professional documents, to write clearly, and to develop persuasive arguments. Classes will focus on rhetoric and sentence structure through writing and revising academic essays, articles, and business documents. Upon successful completion of the program, students will gain a variety of appropriate writing and editing skills for a diverse range of professions.

Different Writing Styles

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Writing for Work

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Writing a Student Newspaper

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Literature Program – 1 Year/33 weeks

Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter

Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter

The Literature Program consists of three academic courses that introduce cultural and historical aspects of the U.S. through literature: Discovering Fiction, Discovering Short Stories, and America through Academic Readings. These courses teach students reading comprehension techniques, introduce them to different types of reading material, and give them the strategies they need to prepare for college-level reading, writing, and discussion. Additionally, students continue to build their academic vocabulary and study advanced grammar topics relevant to effective reading and writing. By using academic vocabulary and critical thinking skills in a discussion forum, students communicate their ideas about American literature both orally and in writing.

Discovering Fiction

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Discovering Short Stories

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

America through Academic Readings

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Communication Program – 1 Year/33 weeks/3 quarters

Tuition – $4,200 per year or $1,400 per quarter

Book Fee and Supply Fee – $90 per quarter

The Communication Program consists of three courses that develop academic communication skills: The Art of Storytelling, Small Group Communication, and Interpersonal Communication. The program emphasizes student participation in interviews, speeches, class presentations, debates, and group discussions to supplement the learning of organizational problem solving, decision making, and leadership skills. These courses also emphasize the importance of verbal and non-verbal social cues and signals in different cultures, international communication, and formal speaking. Upon successful completion of the program, students learn how to speak easily in front of the class, in small groups, and one-on-one with other students.

The Art of Storytelling

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Small Group Communication

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

Interpersonal Communication

Course Length: 1 Quarter or 11 weeks

These programs are offered in Charlestown/Boston, Chicago, Skokie, and Lombard/DuPage.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated July 5, 2016
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This course is Campus based
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Duration
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11 - 33 weeks
Full time
Price
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4,200 USD
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USA Chicago, Illinois
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USA Lombard, Illinois
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USA Charlestown, Massachusetts
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USA Skokie, Illinois
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Duration 11 - 33 weeks
Price 4,200 USD
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