English as a Second Language

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Library, Lower Level - LL06-08
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield, CT 06825

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Academic Director

Alla Schlate, MA, MiT
Library, Lower Level - LL08
Tel: 203-365-7520

Assistant Director

Karmen Mallow, MA
Library, Lower Level – LL07
Tel: 203-365-7528

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Office Hours

Our office is open daily, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

About the English Language Institute

?The English Language Institute (ELI) at Sacred Heart University offers high quality English Language instruction to non-native speakers. Here, students can take up to 20 hours of class per week in our CEA-accredited Intensive English Program.

Every ESL instructor has earned a master’s degree in TESOL and has considerable experience in the field. They are dedicated to excellence in teaching and providing orientation to American culture. They are committed to meet the students at the level where they are and bring them to the utmost of their abilities.

Our programs are designed for students who are 17 and older. We offer five 8-week sessions:

  • Fall 1 (August - October)
  • Fall 2 (October - December)
  • Spring 1 (January - March)
  • Spring 2 (March - May)
  • Summer (June - July)

To see upcoming session dates, view the ESL academic calendar.

Our average class size is 10 to 15 students, giving both students and teachers the opportunity for in-depth communication. Enrichment programing provides: Conversation partners, individual tutoring, cultural excursions, program-sponsored meals, and Academic class visits. Students have opportunities to share their culture and experience with students in other departments.

The ELI enjoys the support of the entire campus of Sacred Heart University which includes the library, the student life office, the student union office, recreation room, gym, cafeterias and information technology support (IT). ELI students have access to all meeting rooms, lounge areas and other recreation areas on campus, and are also free to participate in some student clubs and events on campus.

Our Mission

The mission of the Sacred Heart English Language Institute is to provide excellent instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL) and orientation in US culture to all students who are non-native speakers of English, to help them achieve their personal, academic and professional goals, while recognizing and addressing the students’ individualized educational needs and cultural backgrounds.

Our Programs

Intensive English Language (20 hours per week)

A full-time program of 20 hours a week with 4 classes: Listening & Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Courses prepare students for academic and professional success, with focus on skills such as pronunciation and public speaking. There are 6 levels of instruction offered.

Part-Time English Language Program

As a part time student, you may register to attend individual classes during the day. Taking classes part time allows students the flexibility to advance their English language skills while continuing with other pursuits. 

Night Courses

The courses are designed to provide flexible ESL options for students who are unavailable during the day. Perfect for working professionals, au pairs, or anyone who wants to improve their English proficiency.

Summer Programs

Summer are customized with specific purposes for high school, university, and corporate groups. These can range anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks.

Online Program

The English Language Institute offers an online ESL program. This program allows students to learn ESL entirely online.