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About ESL Academy at CSI - Chicago

Computer Systems Institute (CSI) is a private college founded in 1989 to serve students who were preparing themselves for the demands of an ever-changing computer industry. As computers became more vital to careers in all businesses, CSI began offering short certificate programs targeted to professionals employed or seeking employment in computer, medical, and business organizations.

In 2005, CSI saw the demand to study in the USA from a growing number of international students, and launched the ESL Academy to provide affordable and effective English as a Second Language programs. Since then, hundreds of international students from over 40 countries have studied at the ESL Academy.

Students who study ESL at CSI will find that there are a number of campuses to choose from in Illinois, including the Chicago campus, Skokie campus, Lombard campus, Elgin campus, and Gurness Campus.

CSI seeks to provide superior and affordable training by offering:

  • Highly-trained and professional instructors who exceed standards in education, teaching experience, and certification.
  • Quality and practical education in a stimulating learning environment.
  • Support services to aid students with cultural adaptation and to maximize learning.
  • A student-focused learning environment that encourages strong channels of communication between students, staff, and faculty.


  • Accredited by the North Central Association (NCA CASI).
  • Authorized under Federal Law to enroll non immigrant F-1 and M-1 students.
  • Licensed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
  • Approved by the Department of Education to provide Title IV funding to eligible students.
  • Approved training provider by the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana.
  • Approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs to accept GI Bill.
  • A recipient of the Department of Labor $3MM H-1B Grant.

Overview of ESL Academy Programs

The Computer Systems Institute’s (CSI) ESL Academy offers a number of different programs. Each program focuses on a different aspect of the English language. Whether you have no English at all, want to be able to take classes taught in English, or wish to learn for business purposes, the ESL Academy has a program that suits your needs.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English program, (IEP) offers both classroom and computer-based English as a second language courses. These classes are designed to prepare students for US college and university courses. The curriculum is divided into three subject areas:

  • vocabulary and conversation
  • writing and grammar
  • reading strategies

Developing skills in these areas of language will help students become comfortable communicating in a number of different ways. Students are grouped into one of three ESL levels: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced, determined by a placement test taken before enrolling in a program. Each level of the IEP is three academic quarters, or one academic year, and taught during the fall, winter, and spring quarters.

Academic English Program

The ESL Academy’s Academic English programs (AEP) are specialized English language training programs for academic purposes. AEP courses are intended for students with advanced English skills who are planning to advance their education at American colleges and universities. The programs include General Writing, Literature, and General Communication. In addition to focused study in one of these areas, students are introduced to the expectations they will face in a US college, such as regular class participation, original thought, and independent learning. Each program is three academic quarters, or one academic year, and taught during the Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters.

Business English Program

Business English programs allow students with advanced-level skills in the English language a way to develop the professional language skills needed in order to communicate in a business environment. Programs include the Customer Service Specialist program, Hospitality Industry Professional program, and the Administrative Assistant Professional program. These programs allow students to work legally in America on an F1 student visa while learning professional skills. Each program is four academic quarters in length and includes internships as an integral part of learning.

Chicago Campus

At the Illinois campus, students study in the second largest city in the United States, Chicago.

Students will be immersed in American culture and American business – and have access to famous attractions including the Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Willis Tower (which has a Skydeck that overlooks Chicago), the Art Institute of Chicago, Buckingham Fountain (one of the largest fountains in the world), and the extensive Grant Park.

Students will have a wealth of American culture at their feet as well with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Joffrey Ballet, the Chicago Cultural Center, and the central branch of the public library, the Harold Washington Library.

The Chicago campus offers:

  • Intensive English
  • Academic English
  • Business English
  • Career Programs

Skokie Campus

The Skokie, Illinois campus is located in Cook County in a suburb of Chicago, just 16 miles north/northwest of downtown Chicago. Students will find that they can live outside the city, with ease to travel to and from the city - plus, there is plenty to see in Skokie. Events take place throughout the summer; every May, a two-day Festival of Cultures is held in Oakton Park, featuring different activities, food, and entertainment from countries around the world. To learn even more about their new home, students can visit the Skokie Heritage Museum and find out about the area’s history and what life was like in the 19th century.

Programs offered at the Skokie campus include:

  • Intensive English
  • Academic English
  • Business English
  • Degree Link
  • Career Programs

Programs and Tuition Cost

  • Intensive English: $3600 Per Year

    The Intensive English program curriculum is designed with courses from beginner to advanced levels and is designed to prepare students for U.S. University courses. The programs utilize classroom and computer-based learning and are divided into three subject areas of study: vocabulary and conversation, writing and grammar, and reading strategies.

  • Academic English: $4200 Per Year

    The Academic English program cirriculum is a specialized English language training program aimed at preparing students for their academic pursuits. The program features courses in general writing, literature, and communication. Additionally, students are introduced to the expectations common in American Universities such as class participation, original thought, and independent learning. The more advanced programs build on a student's existing language skills in writing, reading, and verbal communication.

  • Business English: $4700 Per Year

    The Business English program offers students advanced development training in professional communication with a focus on business skills. Students will learn the intricacies of core competencies of customer relationship management through techniques used to assess, assist, and meet the needs of individual customers. The Major topics include Customer Relationship Management, Call Center, Personal and Home Care Aid, and Customer service on a career. The program is focused on business communication and effective customer service, skills that are essential in the workplace.

Lombard Campus

The ESL Academy’s Lombard campus is located in DuPage County, easily reachable from many Chicago western and northwestern suburbs. The campus is easily accessible from many parts of Chicago.

The Lombard campus offers:

  • Intensive English
  • Academic English
  • Business English



Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 69%
Male 31%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
20 : 1


Estimated Cost



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