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ESL Writing Courses

The ESL Writing Courses at the University of Illinois include courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All of these courses are designed to improve student's English usage for both professional and academic purposes.

ESL Writing Courses Required Courses Elective Courses
Undergrad

111, 112, 115

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Grad

511, 512, 515, 521, 522

592, 593

Undergraduate Students:

Undergraduate non-native English-speaking students who are mandated to take the English Placement Test (EPT) and given an ESL placement must fulfill their Written Communication requirement by taking the two-semester, six-hour sequence of ESL 111 and 112 or the one-semester, four-hour ESL 115 course. Students might also be required to take ESL 110 (Pronunciation).

Undergraduate ESL courses to fulfill the Written Composition RequirementUG Written Composition Requirement

Non-native English-speaking students who are not required to take the EPT (due to sufficiently high TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores) or who score in the highest level on the EPT may elect to satisfy the Written Communication requirement by taking the ESL, or the Rhetoric, or the Communication sequences. EPT exempt students who wish to take ESL must take the EPT to determine correct placement in ESL courses.

If the academic credentials of an undergraduate transfer student do not indicate fulfillment of equivalent coursework to fulfill the Written Communication graduation requirement, the student will need to do additional coursework to satisfy this requirement. Non-native English-speaking transfer students may be required to take the English Placement Test (EPT).

Undergraduate Registration

You may register as soon as soon as Enterprise Applications Student Self-Service allows. Check your assigned time ticket dates here.

Undergraduates placing into ESL 115 whose UIN ends in an even number must take the course during a fall term. Undergraduates placing into ESL 115 whose UIN ends in an odd number must take the course during a spring term. The banner registration system will only allow you to register for 115 during the assigned term dictated by your UIN.

Register for the course directly through UI Enterprise services. ESL writing seats will be released over the course of the registration period.

Graduate Students:

Satisfactory proficiency in academic writing in English is a requirement for all graduate degrees awarded at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University. International graduate students who are admitted on limited status because they do not meet this proficiency requirement prior to admission are placed into mandatory ESL courses based on the results of the EPT exam.

Proficiency can then be certified by the satisfactory completion of a one-semester course (ESL 515) or the two-semester sequence (ESL 511 and 512). Students may also select equivalent coursework from the “English for specific purposes” tracks available through ESL (e.g., business track 521, 522). International graduate students may also be required to take ESL 510 (Pronunciation).

Choosing a Graduate Track:

Graduate students should select the track that is best suited to the kinds of writing that they need to be successful in their English Academic Environment here at UIUC. Courses are designed to support students during the pursuit of their degree.


The ESL Academic Track provides instruction in essential skills in academic writing; skills for writing secondary and primary research papers, including developing research questions and design, evaluating and synthesizing scholarly sources, and producing well-reasoned and substantiated arguments.

Graduate Academic Track ESL courses to fulfill the Limited Status Writing Requirment

Graduate Academic Track Courses

The ESL Business Track provides instruction in essential skills in business communication both in academic and professional settings; Skills covered include writing professional correspondence and business proposals, synthesizing sources, and participating in group discussions. 

Graduate Business Track ESL courses to fulfill the Limited Status Writing Requirment

Graduate Business Track Courses

If a student is not mandated to take the EPT, s/he may still enroll in ESL electives (592, 593). The student’s admission exemption from the EPT will be unaffected by any ESL course taken as an elective. Elective ESL students do not need to take the EPT to enrolle in elective courses.Visiting scholars and post-docsmay also enroll in the elective ESL classes. Additional charges may apply.

Tentative Summary of Graduate Level Course Offerings for 2017 – 2018

ESL will offer both required tracks to all students, regardless of program affiliation. In addition, over the next two years, ESL will begin to roll out online sections of the courses. Rollout estimates and offerings are subject to change based on departmental approval, funding, enrollment, and development progress (for online sections).

ESL Course Key

Summary of Graduate Level Course Offerings

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For questions about ESL coursework, contact eslwriting@illinois.edu.
For information on the EPT, please visit http://www.linguistics.illinois.edu/students/placement/ or contact the EPT staff (eptillinois@illinois.edu).