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ELS Language Centers to host grand opening

January 21, 2011

ELS Language Centers (ELS), which opened its DeKalb location last September, will celebrate that milestone with a grand opening event at noon Friday, Feb. 11, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Logo of ELS Language Centers
Mark Harris, president and CEO of ELS Educational Services, and Alexandra (Sasha) Zilovic, vice president of North American Operations & Business Affairs, are scheduled to attend.

ELS Language Centers are the largest network of campus-based English language instruction centers in the world, offering more than 55 study locations in the United States and Canada. The majority of locations are on university campuses, contributing to the international diversity of those regions.

NIU has accepted completion of the ELS Intensive English Program as fulfillment of its English language proficiency requirement for admission for several years.

Meanwhile, the new center at NIU provides an opportunity for students not only to learn English but to be a part of campus life from the first day they arrive in DeKalb.

“The deepening of the relationship with Northern Illinois University is an important additional option for the thousands of international students who come to ELS in order to improve their English and prepare for university success in North America,” Harris said.

“As the number of international students who choose to further their higher education in the USA and Canada continues to grow, ELS counts on prestigious institutions, such as Northern Illinois University, to build successful pathways for university achievement.”

ELS/DeKalb offers multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from abroad. ELS offers six classes per day, and operates continuously in four-week sessions, 52 weeks per year.

Classes focus on structure and speaking practice, language studies, reading and writing. Students also can choose to take skills enhancement classes that focus on conversation, listening comprehension, American culture, public speaking and current events.

All ELS centers offer home-stay accommodations with an English-speaking host family. ELS host families are carefully screened to ensure they provide a pleasant and safe “home away from home” for the students.

Living with a host family enables students to learn English more quickly while experiencing American customs and culture firsthand. Students have their own rooms and are responsible for their personal transportation. Students often develop life-long relationships with their hosts.

Over the past 50 years, ELS Language Centers have helped more than 1 million international students from more than 140 countries around the world to learn English quickly and effectively.

For more information about ELS/DeKalb, or to host an international student, contact Teri Laliberte, ELS/DeKalb center director, at [email protected] or (815) 753-4600.