An intensive course for improving everyday English and conversation skills.
Offered by EIL 412, the teaching practicum for the MATESL program in the Linguistics Department at UIUC
Who may apply?
The class is for non-UIUC students who have intermediate proficiency in English.
The following adults may apply:
spouses, family members, or friends of UIUC students and faculty/staff
other adults in the Champaign-Urbana community who wish to improve their spoken English skills.
What will I learn in the class?
Our primary goal is for students to gain confidence in using English in everyday life.
Lessons are based on topics such as:
using appropriate greetings
asking for information when shopping
ordering at American restaurants
making phone calls….and many more!
Students get a lot of practice speaking English with classmates and teachers.
When does the class meet?
February 19 – May 1 (10 weeks)
Monday – Thursday from 5pm to 6:50pm (8 hours/week)
There is no class during Spring Break (March 24-28)
How do I apply for the class?
You must take a free placement test.
The test is a short informal interview with teachers of the class.
Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Those who appear most likely to benefit from the course will be given priority. Unfortunately, not all applicants will be accepted.
Where does the class meet?
In Lincoln Hall at UIUC
Who are the teachers?
The Special English Class will be taught by the course coordinator, Kat Kolumban, and students who are studying Teaching English as a Second Language at the University of Illinois, under the supervision of the faculty of the Linguistics Department.
Some of the teachers are native speakers of English and some are non-native speakers with advanced proficiency.
What is the cost?
$65 in total
For more information, contact Kat Kolumban at
To sign up for a placment interview, please click below: