The School for the Advancement of English Language and Learning (SAELL) was established in 2013 as a commitment to international students and Northeastern’s goal of having an internationalized curriculum. The mission of SAELL is to holistically build international students’ English proficiency to help them achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.
Common European Framework Reference-CEFR Standards
SAELL at Northeastern is the only program in the U.S. based on the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR). SAELL levels have a direct correlation to the CEFR bands. Because SAELL has been founded upon the CEFR bands and standards, students can expect that their English language study with SAELL will be internationally recognized according to CEFR standards. In each SAELL level, teachers prepare students for undergraduate and graduate study at Northeastern Illinois University or other higher education institutions. Students complete tasks relating to their future academic study. All courses focus on improving students’ reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary skills in an integrated manner. At the BASICS level, students focus on elementary and pre-intermediate use of general English. At the INDEPENDENT 1 level, students focus on English for academic purposes. At the advanced INDEPENDENT 2 and INDEPENDENT 3 levels, students focus on English for academic purposes, content-based instruction, and academic writing.
SAELL Academic Program: Levels & Selection
Program Levels Students are placed into their level of study based on their most recent TOEFL test score. The TOEFL PBT, TOEFL IBT and IELTS equivalents are listed below. Program Selection SAELL offers three programs to best meet the needs of our students. SAELL students complete the Intensive English Program when they obtain one of the following scores:
Tuition & Fees
*Books—Estimated cost per term. Most required textbooks for CORE classes are included in the cost of tuition. Students are responsible for purchasing their ELECTIVE books. **Insurance—Estimated cost per term. Insurance is mandatory for all international students. Students may purchase other insurance, if it is comparable to the Northeastern Illinois University Health Insurance. The quoted cost is for a 16-week semester and would be twice the quoted cost ($1,374) for the entire school year, summer term included. ***Living Expenses—Estimated cost per term. The cost of living expenses are for a 13-week term. Living costs will vary, determined by the housing and amenities the student chooses in Chicago. This estimate is based on the cost of the Home Stay Program, which includes half-board.
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Last updated June 1, 2018