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Courses

English in Chicago

People of all ages and nationalities come to the Stafford House Chicago to improve their language skills. We offer interactive, dynamic classes which are designed for the students in the class. Our small class sizes ensure that you receive the personal attention and support needed to meet your goals. Our passionate and experienced teachers will inspire and motivate you to develop your English language skills as quickly as possible.

Our courses and activities

General English

We offer an exciting range of General English courses for all levels, from beginner to proficiency, and to suit different budgets. We also offer timetables that give you the flexibility to choose a course that best suits your needs from 1-36+ weeks.
Age: 16+
English language level: 1-7; Beginner to Proficiency
Average class size: 10 (max 15)
Start dates: Any Monday

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  • Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Improves grammar and extends vocabulary
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded on completion of course

UPGRADE THIS COURSE with 5 or 10 one-to-one lessons to improve your English even faster.

TOEFL

For students planning to go to university, or reach a certain TOEFL score by a specific deadline.
Age: 16+
English level: 5-7; Upper Intermediate to Proficiency
Course length: 1-52 weeks
Start dates: any Monday

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  • Full-time, tailored programme, leading to TOEFL success
  • Develops all the skills and confidence needed to pass your TOEFL exams
  • Exam dates available every month

UPGRADE THIS COURSE with 5 or 10 lessons of one-to-one lessons to improve your English even faster.

Business English

Essential, standard or intensive structured course building your business vocabulary for applied use in the workplace.
Age: 18+
English level: 4-7; Intermediate to Proficiency
Course length: 1-35 weeks
Start dates: any Monday

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  • Full-time, intensive course with specialist options introducing business vocabulary for applied use in the workplace
  • Develops the listening, speaking, reading and writing skills needed in the commercial world
  • Improves grammar and extends business vocabulary
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded on completion of course

UPGRADE THIS COURSE with 5 or 10f one-to-one lessons to improve your English even faster.

University Preparation

Choose from any Stafford House Core Course and add Academic Modules which focus on the academic English and study skills you will need at university or college. Our University Pathways Team will counsel and guide you through the admissions process to one of our 60+ partner institutions.
Age: 16+
English language level: 1-7; Beginner to Proficiency 
Course length: 1-51 weeks
Lessons per week: 25 lessons minimum
Average class size: 10 (max 15)
Start dates: any Monday

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  • Our Academic Modules offer you the opportunity to focus on skills needed to succeed in an academic environment.
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Writing and Grammar
  • Academic Writing
  • Research and Presentation Skills
  • Current Events IELTS Preparation
  • Other General English Modules

UPGRADE THIS COURSE with 5 or 10 lessons of one-to-one tuition to improve your English even faster.

Professional Certificates

Learn business concepts and apply advanced English skills to team projects and business case studies. This program is for students who want to explore and develop their careers.
Age: 18+
English level: 5-7; Upper Intermediate to Proficiency
Course length: 4-12 weeks
Start dates: Varies by subject

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  • Project Management - 2019: 25 Feb, 20 May, 12 Aug, 4 Nov (course length: 4 weeks)
  • Marketing 2019: 28 Jan, 22 Apr, 15 Jul, 7 Oct (course length: 4 weeks)
  • Business Management 2019: 2 Jan, 25 Mar, 17 Jun, 9 Sep, 2 Dec (course length: 4 weeks)
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded on completion of course

One-To-One

The premium route to English success with personalised one-to-one tuition.
Age: 16+
English level: 1-7; Beginner to Proficiency
Course length: from 1 lesson
Start dates: any Monday

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  • Can be added to ANY course
  • Develops listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Improves grammar and extends vocabulary
  • Wide choice of specialist modules, greater flexibility to pursue preferred interests and focus
  • Certificate of Achievement awarded on completion of course
  • Preparation for TOEFL and IELTS exams available on demand

Why choose Stafford House:

Small class sizes

With an average of 11 students and never more than 15 students in a class, the teacher has time to focus on individuals within a group setting. The lesson aims are developed collaboratively with the students to ensure the classes are stimulating and relevant.

Qualified and enthusiastic teachers

Our teachers are qualifed and experienced in teaching English. They are recruited for their enthusiasm and experience and receive regular training to keep their skills fresh and their enthusiasm high. They are passionate about learning not just teaching!

Premium Facilities

Our Chicago school was updated in July 2014 and is equipped with high end technology in every classroom. We have high speed Wi-Fi available to all students for free and comfortable, well-maintained classrooms, social spaces and quiet study areas.

The Chicago experience

We love our city and want you to experience the best it has to offer. We have a daily social programmes to help you orient yourself and start visiting the attractions. Our student services team are on hand to help you with any questions from the travel basics to advice on where to eat or listen to the latest music!

By choosing Stafford House Chicago you are choosing to experience the life and language of one of a bustling and vibrant American city. We provide our students with experiences and opportunities to improve their language skills and experience the best that Chicago has to offer!

Your journey will start with a full morning of testing and a welcome orientation to the school and the city. Your classes will take place on Monday to Friday each week and here are daily events after classes to ensure that you will make friends quickly and have plenty of opportunities to practice what you learn in class as well as experiencing the sights of the city and the excitement of living in a fast-paced urban environment!

Facilities

  • Student lounge
  • IT lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Self study room

Our core class is an integrated skills class. It covers reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, vocabulary and critical thinking. In this class you'll improve your accuracy (how correct your English is) and fluency (how well you can communicate).

Lessons have daily and weekly objectives so you know what you’ll learn and how you’ll learn it. Our teachers provide you with regular assessments that allow you to keep track of your progress.

We use the Communicative Approach, so you'll learn English by using English—not by listening to grammar lectures and doing worksheets. We feel strongly that this is the most effective method to acquire English that students can use in the real world.

We are accredited by ACCET in the US which confirms our committment to educational quality.

Our school is committed to constantly improving the student experience. As a company we encourage external assessment of our teaching, welfare and building quality.

Stafford House International is accredited by leading inspection bodies and is a member of respected national associations like English UK and ALTO (Association of Language Travel Organizations).

Our modules

All students in our Standard and Intensive courses can customize their learning through the addition of specific modules. These modules allow students to study topics that best fit with their learning goals. On average Stafford House Chicago has 10 modules classes running at any time, and the choice changes every 4, 8 or 12 weeks. We are constantly developing new module classes and subjects based on the feedback we receive from our students and we tailor these classes to the needs of the students at the school. Below are just a few for you to think about: