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Study and Learn English in Chicago, Illinois USA

People of all ages and backgrounds can study and learn English with Think Abroad. Our Affiliate Foreign Language School in Chicago is an ideal location to study and learn English. It does not matter if your foreign language skills are beginner or advanced. You can learn... Anyone can learn English!

Please read more about Think Abroad's English program in Chicago, Illinois.  Contact Think Abroad with questions, comments and enroll.


SCHOOL HISTORY:

ThinkAbroad in Chicago!

Our Affiliate Foreign Language School (AFLS) in Chicago, Illinois was founded in April of 2008 by an international language travel, business organization that has been in operation for over 40 years, and boasts more than 40 educational institutions currently in operation worldwide. Our AFLS in Chicago is recognized by several prestigious accrediting organizations such as the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Southern New Hampshire University.

Study English in Chicago!

Students are also eligible to earn US college credit from classes taken at our AFLS in Chicago.  The school director states that, “We place your language skills and studies into a wider social and intellectual context by applying then to academic programs that will help you in your future profession or at university.” Not only will all of our participants be studying English at a world-class institution, they will also be speaking the language everyday with their teachers, fellow classmates, and native Chicagoans on a day-to-day basis, as well as living in one of the greatest cities on U.S. soil. So pack your bags, and get ready to be immersed in the Chicago culture and life in the USA!

SCHOOL LOCATION and CLIMATE:

Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, and is an ideal location to study and learn English. Chicago experiences 4 distinct seasonal changes, with summers being warm and humid, and winters typically cold, snowy, and windy. Chicago has 29 miles of coastline that run along Lake Michigan. During the summer months, students typically spend much of their free time lounging on the city’s beaches, taking in the spectacular views, and cooling off in the freshwater of Lake Michigan. Chicago has a rich cultural history, along with an exciting nightlife and an eccentric music scene.

 

Chicago is also famous for its amazing restaurants that offer a wide variety of ethnic food and cuisine. In addition, Chicago is one of America’s finest sports towns. Chicagoans are very loyal and passionate about their beloved sports teams. Visitors to the city can attend a professional baseball (Cubs, Sox), basketball (Bulls) football, (Bears) Hockey (Blackhawks), and soccer (Fire) event throughout the entire year depending upon the season.

The school itself is located in the heart of Chicago, in a historical multi-story building, which has recently been updated and refurbished with new, modern amenities. After class, students are encouraged to explore the city and visit any one of the many areas of interest that can be found in their immediate surroundings in Chicago.

Students may feel inclined to head down to Chicago’s historic Navy Pier, which offers plenty of entertainment along with amazing, panoramic views of the city from atop the Pier’s iconic Ferris wheel. From there, students can simply walk South, and across the street to enjoy the recently constructed Millennium Park, a free, civic arts and entertainment garden center, which was completed in 2004 and has since received world-wide acclaim for the innovation in postmodern design that is present in the structures that make up the personality of the park. Millennium Park is one of the city’s largest public parks. The park features an ice-skating rink, many public art show casings, along with an amazing postmodern architecturally designed Pavilion that hosts many concert events, and theatrical performances throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons.

 

From Millennium Park, students can walk across the Pedestrian bridge that connects the park to yet another beautiful and culturally significant park in the city: Grant Park. During the spring and summer months, Grant Park is host to many wonderful festivals that bring Chicagoans and visitors to the city alike, together. The most well known festival is perhaps the annual, Taste of Chicago celebration; the world’s largest food festival, held for 10 days and ending the Sunday after the 4th of July. The Taste features an amazing variety of food prepared by Chicago’s finest and most popular restaurants. The event also includes many live musical performances by famous recording artists. In years past, artists such as Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Moby and others, have graced the stage during the festival. Furthermore, the fireworks display held on the 4th of July during the Taste, is one of the most amazing pyrotechnics displays in the nation.

 

Grant Park is also the site where the largest music festivals in the city are held and take place. Festivals are typically three days in length, and some of the most popular events are the Chicago Blues Fest, Chicago Jazz Fest, and Lollapalooza, the later of which, is traditionally a rock and alternative music festival.  Grant Park is also the ideal location in the city for large, civic gatherings and events. It was the site where Pope John Paul II gave one of his sermons during his visit to Chicago in 1979, and it was also the site where the world famous Chicago Bulls hosted their championship celebrations.

 

Most recently, Grant Park was the location where President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American elected to the Presidency, gave his historic Election Day victory speech on November 4, 2008. From Grant Park, visitors are offered a breathtaking view of Chicago’s incredible skyline, with its modern skyscrapers encircling the park. After touring Grant Park, students may feel inclined to walk over to the Chicago Art Institute, a museum with an esteemed international reputation for its extensive collection of Impressionist art, and American paintings. The halls of the Institute are adorned with the paintings of such revered artists as Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Seurat, Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, and others. The Chicago Field Museum of Natural History is within walking distance as well, along with the Shedd Aquarium, and the Museum of Science and Industry.

Travel to all of these destinations can either be accomplished by foot, taxi, or bus, however students are encouraged to take advantage of Chicago’s extensive subway system known locally as the “L,” which is short for “elevated” due to the fact that many of the tracks exist above ground at a heightened elevation. The L lines are designated by several distinct colors with connections and destinations to all corners of the city. Traveling on the L is very easy, and it is a great way for students to experience typical Chicago living and transportation, while becoming more familiar with the city’s neighborhoods, parks, and attractions. As an added bonus, travelers on the L get to take in additional views of the city from several different perspectives atop the tracks of the famous Chicago L line.

Chicago's Climate Summary
January to early March Coldest time of the year; a lot of snow
late March to end of May Cool, but starting to warming up slightly
mid-May to July Warm and rainy
July to August Hot; a great time to go the beach
late August to
late September
Cool and pleasant
October to December Cooling off; snow is possible in late November till end of the year

THE SCHOOL:

ThinkAbroad in Chicago!

Our AFLS is located in downtown Chicago next to the Hard Rock Cafe Hotel on famous Michigan Avenue. There are over 20 well-lit, air-conditioned classrooms with comfortable chairs and desks that provide a comfortable learning atmosphere for all students. Students are typically between the ages of 18-26 years of age, while the duration of stay can be anywhere from 2-weeks to 9 months. When students first arrive to the school they are asked to take a placement exam, which evaluates and assesses each students current state of English language understanding. Based upon the results of the exam, students are then placed in the classroom of their appropriate language level.

Upon arrival, students will also take part in a 30-40 minute orientation, in which they will be informed of school policies and procedures, class schedules, and weekly excursions and activities that are offered by the school throughout the year. School staff will also distribute city maps, and provide students with a general information seminar about the city, and how students can become better acquainted with their new surroundings while in attendance at their English Immersion Program in Chicago.

TECHNOLOGY:

Students who wish to bring their laptop computers along with them will be allowed to utilize the school’s vast Internet connections, computer labs, and resources. The school has WiFi Internet capability, which can be accessed anywhere on campus premises. In addition to WiFi access, there is a large computer lab with over twenty computers that are all equipped with high-speed Internet and additional word processing applications. Furthermore, teachers frequently use the computer lab as a way to further emphasize their lesson plans, and provide their students with modern, interactive English language learning activities.

 

 

 

 


COURSE SUMMARY:

To be selected as a Think Abroad AFLS, each school must offer classes that primarily focus on developing the students' communicative skills. The maximum enrollment for group courses is fifteen students, with an average class size of five students. This class size is perfect for allowing the students to engage in full-length discussions and debates with their fellow classmates and instructors Private lessons, combinations of group and private classes, as well as full day programs (9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) are available for students who would prefer an alternative to the typical group classroom style setting.

Students may also take specialty courses that focus on the vocabulary and grammar of the subject of their desired choice. Specialty courses in law, business, and medical terminology and syntax are available along with many others. A variety of recently updated textbooks are used at each language level. Workbook packets are also provided as supplemental material for students to take home for additional study and practice after their completion of a course. Textbooks can either be leased or purchased by students.

Below is a brief overview of the language programs that students can choose from prior to

Intensive Program: Accelerated language acquisition program. Course composed of 32, 40-minute lessons per week. Open to all levels, beginner to advanced. Highly recommended for students who wish to master the English language as quickly as possible for academic or professional reasons.

General Program: A well-rounded, comprehensive program of language study. Course composed of 26, 40-minute lessons per week. Open to all levels, beginner to advanced. Course designed for a sound understanding of the essential disciplines of the English language. Emphasis is on clear, verbal communication in every day situations.

Basic: This course is designed specifically for travelers who wish to attain a basic understanding of English language fundamentals. Course composed of 20, 40-minute lessons per week. Open to all levels, beginner to advanced. Perfect for individuals who desire more flexible hours, who wish to dedicate the majority of their time overseas sightseeing, and relaxing. Basic course only offered during the summer months.

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS:

Exam Prep: Course offered for students who plan on taking a TOEFL, TOEIC, or ESOL exam after they have completed their foreign language education. Each exam measures the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of foreign students. In many instances, universities require these exams for international students who desire to enroll in a collegiate institution overseas. Many businesses require the successful completion of the TOEIC exam for individuals who wish to work for an international company. Our Exam course prepares students how to succeed in all of these exams while in attendance at the school.

sample Daily timetable
First Lesson: 9:00 - 9:40 Review
Second Lesson 9:40 - 1020 Vocabulary
Class Break 10:20 - 11:00 Class Break
10 Minute Break
Third Lesson 11:10 - 11:50 Grammar
Fourth Lesson 11:50 - 12:30 Conversation
Lunch 12:30-1:30
Fifth Lesson 1:30 - 2:10 Listening/Speaking
Sixth Lesson 2:10 - 2:50 Conversation
Class Break 3:40 - 3:50 Class Break
Sixth Lesson 3:50 - 4:30 Reading/Writing



SPECIALTY PROGRAMS:

Exam Prep: Course offered for students who plan on taking a TOEFL, TOEIC, or ESOL exam after they have completed their foreign language education. Each exam measures the reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills of foreign students. In many instances, universities require these exams for international students who desire to enroll in a collegiate institution overseas. Many businesses require the successful completion of the TOEIC exam for individuals who wish to work for an international company. Our Exam course prepares students how to succeed in all of these exams while in attendance at the school.

Internship Program: After 4-6 weeks of language training, our school will help coordinate an unpaid internship for students who are interested in gaining international work experience in an area of interest of their chosen field. Prior to their internship placement, students will participate in a series of workshops, which focus on interview preparation, CV writing, along with attending guest lectures and educational visits from respected industry representatives. Program varies from 8-9 weeks in length.



CULTURE and SOCIAL ACTIVITES:

Study English in Chicago!

Our AFLS in Chicago offers a variety of fun and entertaining cultural and social learning activities and excursions for students during their stay in the United States. There will be weekly updates provided to students who wish to participate in some of these activities.

Activities include a field trip to six flags Great America, a popular amusement park, a trip to shopping centers, restaurants, or bars, along with an organized outing to a professional Chicago sporting event. In addition, the school helps coordinate sports activities and clubs for students who wish to play soccer, volleyball, or soccer while they are studying abroad in Chicago.

TEACHERS:

All of the teachers at our AFLS hold university and/or Master’s degrees in foreign language education. Furthermore, each instructor is required to complete a rigorous, live training course, that prepares them to teach English to non-native speakers, as well as learn how to anticipate questions and issues that may arise during class. As part of their ongoing education, all of our teachers participate in one-on-one training sessions as well as monthly developmental seminars.

Using a variety of creative teaching techniques and resources, all of our instructors have an ingenious capability to adapt and cater to all learning styles, thereby creating a stimulating and inclusive environment for all students to participate and learn new material. At the conclusion of each course, students are asked to fill out an end-of-program satisfaction survey where they will be asked to evaluate their instructor’s teaching abilities and overall experience.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS:

There are many different housing options provided for all of our international students. Think Abroad works hard to ensure that each student’s housing requirements and accommodation needs and specifications are sufficiently met.

Homestay: This is the perfect option for students’ who wish to completely immerse themselves in the language and culture of the culture that they are studying in. Daily interaction with the host family, presents students with countless opportunities to hone their skills and perfect their English speaking capabilities.

Think Abroad, has personally visited homestay families. The school has conducted interviews, screenings, and background checks to ensure that the students will be entering a comfortable and stable environment when they arrive in their new living conditions. In some instances, many host families have previously housed foreign students, and are eager to show them an authentic perspective on Chicago living, and American culture.

 

Student Dorm Housing: A preferred option for students who wish to be a part of an extensive international student community-much like living in a university dorm room. International dorms are usually located on the campus of a local college or university within close proximity of the school. The dorm housing is located at the University of Chicago in Hyde Park, just a short bus or train ride away.

Hotel and Serviced Apartment: The school can also book a hotel or serviced apartment within walking distance to the school according to your preferences and needs. On your application, please let us know if this option is for you.

 

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

 

There are many different housing options provided for all of our international students. Think Abroad works hard to ensure that each student’s housing requirements and accommodation needs and specifications are sufficiently met.

 

AIRPORT PICK-UP: Airport pick-up and drop off is optional, but recommended for students who have never traveled internationally before. For pick-up, there is a $60 fee, and for drop off, a fee of $40 will be assessed. Either a Think Abroad staff member, or a representative from the school will conduct airport pick-up and drop-off.