The ELS Experience
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For over 50 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through our personalized approach and commitment to student achievement.

More Than Just English… Have fun and make friends!

You'll learn so much more than just English with ELS. Your time at ELS will be one of the most memorable experiences of your life. Learn English and American culture both inside and outside of the classroom.

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August 13, 2015


Sara talks about her time at ELS Grand Rapids at the gardens of Grand Valley State University.


June 8, 2015


I chose Oklahoma City because I think it was the perfect
city to discover the southern culture. I
want to go where no one goes, in an uncommon place to study. Oklahoma City is a calm city, it’s not
crowded because it’s a country-side city.
I came here for the experience abroad, meet some international people,
and improve my English skills. There are
a lot of opportunities in the university because there is a library, gym, and cafeteria. It’s a small school, I like that because you
can know all the students and teachers.
My homestay has been a perfect experience because they take me everywhere
they go. I am emerged in the American culture
so that I can meet some wonderful American citizens and discover some nice
places in Oklahoma. When I finish my
studies I will go back to Switzerland to go to university.



June 8, 2015


I came to OKC because it’s a quiet city and it’s a good city to
study. I choose ELS because I had
cousins here and I read about their program.
It’s a good program because I won’t feel bored. Every session I will have new teachers and
new classes. I want to study in the
university and when I graduate from ELS there are more than 500 university that
can accept me. The office will help me
with the admission acceptance.


June 8, 2015


I came to Oklahoma because my aunt lives here. I really like the weather here and there is a
lot of green here. I don’t really like a
big city that’s so noisy. I like the
country side, so here I feel relaxed. I really really like here because there
is a lot of another countries people, the more I talk to them the more I learn
their culture. It is interesting because
they have another culture, they make me interested and funny every day. In here there is a lot of good and nice
teachers. I hope to stay here a long a
time. When I finish English I plan to go
to university here in U.S. I plan to study about design, either graphic or
interior. If someone wants to study
English I really recommend to come here to study!



June 8, 2015

ELS Cincinnati is like a big family. Teachers and advisors really care about every student, not only for the English learning, but to help students to adapt to the new culture and new life at the UC campus. Students feel comfortable and are encouraged here. Also, ELS Cincinnati holds lots of activities. I always learn new things after participating in varieties of activities. It is a perfect place with perfect teachers and advisors for me to learn English. I will start my Master's degree at a US university this year and I feel ELS Cincinnati has helped me to be prepared for it.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I need to improve my English skills and I want to study at the University of Cincinnati. When I arrived at ELS, I think my biggest challenge was that I couldn't understand what my teacher said. I love everybody at ELS Cincinnati. I love my teachers, my friends, and I can experience many cultures. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati are: getting English skills, making more friends, and having a very full day every day. Teachers at ELS Cincinnati are always full of energy. The teachers have many methods to teach us English. ELS often organizes activities to help you adjust to US life. After studying at ELS Cincinnati, I want to study at the University of Cincinnati.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because I've heard that it has strong teachers who can help me to improve my English skills. My biggest challenge was how to speak with American people and how to make a lot of friends. ELS Cincinnati is like the second home where someone can learn English with their friends. Actually, everyone in ELS Cincinnati is like my family. The three biggest benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati were: I made new friends, learned how to break the ice (I can talk in speaking evaluations), and I developed my mind. My teachers at ELS Cincinnati impacted me step by step. They encouraged my English skills so I can speak very fluently. Even though, sometimes, I felt stressed and that I could not concentrate in the classes, it was okay because a lot of my teachers and friends supported me. ELS Cincinnati absolutely helped me adjust to life in the US through their activities and staff presentations. It helps all the students. Right now, I'm trying to decide which university I want to attend after ELS. I am between two universities: the University of Cincinnati or Louisiana Tech University.

-Rani, Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

I was recommended to ELS Cincinnati by an agent. The language was the biggest challenge at first. When I came to Cincinnati, I did not speak, read or write in English. So obviously I could not communicate with other people who did not speak my native language. ELS Cincinnati can be described in three words: strict, challenging and fun. There are three benefits of attending ELS Cincinnati. The first one would be the language. Now, I can speak, read and write in English. The second one would be friends. I know many friends from different countries: Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Colombia...and the list is long. The third one is the field trips. I think ELS Cincinnati is unique on its trips. It was fun going out with friends and other students who later become my friends. I don't think that I ever missed one of ELS's trips except maybe when I was away from Cincinnati. The teachers at ELS Cincinnati are very helpful and experts in their position. For example, when I was in the beginner levels, my teacher told me that I should not translate words that I do not know to my native language. I did not take her advice seriously; however, when I got to the advanced levels, I found out that I did not have enough vocabulary to write an essay of 500 words. So I decided to change the way to get to know the words and even to find their English definition or pictures. ELS Cincinnati actually did help me adjust to life in the US. Plus, English is a global language. If you have it, many problems will be solved. I have graduated from ELS Cincinnati. Now, I will study Chemical Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

-Asem,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Do you intend to be fluent in speaking English and intellectual at the same time? Then ELS will help you with that effectively. I chose ELS Cincinnati because they have influential strategies of learning English language and also certainly because of its good reputation and they have professional teachers. ELS Cincinnati has encouraged me to improve my English language skills particularly in the writing area. I feel now, I have become a good writer and I attribute the improvement in my English language to all of my teachers who have always encouraged me. ELS Cincinnati has a diversity of international students which helps you to make friends and learn their culture. Students and teachers are so friendly, respectable, and kind. ELS Cincinnati provides interesting activities almost daily. For instance, they supply a conversation between students and native speakers in order to have the opportunity to practice the English language. They have a distinctive way of setting up the conversation meeting by providing some interesting games and some delicious food and beverages. ELS Cincinnati has a cooperative administration who gladly help you find suitable and appropriate shelter and, what is more, they inform you about the most remarkable places to visit. The program has 12 phases and I am currently and fortunately in level 112. I am planning, after finishing the ELS Cincinnati program, to enroll in a university, since many colleges accept the program. I enjoy being in ELS Cincinnati. I feel I am at my home!

-Mohammed,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

Actually, choosing ELS Cincinnati was not my choice, because I was going to study in another ELS, which is in Cleveland, Ohio. Before I left my country, the Saudi Higher Education told me that I couldn't study in Cleveland anymore because there were a lot of Saudi students so I had to find an alternative school. I didn't have many choices because I already paid the tuition fee, so I was looking for another ELS. Fortunately, I found the ELS that is located in Cincinnati. I wasn't sure if I wanted to go to Cincinnati, because I didn't know anyone there and my English was not good enough and that was the biggest challenge I faced. Now I feel ELS Cincinnati is my home in the United States. I loved being a student at ELS Cincinnati. They have amazing teachers and helpful staff. They helped me until I finished the program which wasn't a short time because I started from level 102 till 112. To be honest, I never thought that I would finish it at all. There were a lot of benefits at ELS Cincinnati, but the biggest one is the diversity which gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of students from different countries, languages and cultures. ELS Cincinnati helped me to improve my English and helped me become a University of Cincinnati student.

There is a story I would like to share with you. I had a meeting with the law school department at the University of Cincinnati after I graduated 112. I was nervous because of my English. I didn't know if my English was good enough to understand them. The first time I met with them, we couldn't understand each other. However, this time, after we finished, my advisor at the Law School was amazed at my English and she told me that my pronunciation was so much better than last time. Right now I am a University of Cincinnati student and I will start studying my major, Law, in Fall 2015. The truth is that I wouldn't have achieved my goal without ELS and my teachers there!

-Turki,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015

The reason why I chose ELS Cincinnati is that my best friend used to study there and he said I would change in terms of study and life. The truth is that he is changed just like the way he said. What's more, I chose ELS Cincinnati because I'd like to study at the University of Cincinnati.

When I arrived at ELS Cincinnati, everything was brand new to me, the way of studying, the lifestyle, the way I make friends, etc. I had no idea how to cope with that. I couldn't imagine how I was supposed to deal with it.

I have to say that ELS Cincinnati is the best place to enhance your study and learn your English skills. The teachers there are quite excellent. They will always help you figure out problems that you have until you understand. They will take their time and pay attention as much as possible.

The biggest benefit of applying to the University of Cincinnati is that everything goes well. Teachers and staff will tell you the certification you need to attend and they will provide you with all the information you need. So you guys don't have to worry about the difficulties there.

The time you spend on studying is the most effective way to improve your English skills. Also, teachers play a really significant role in the winning education. They will use all their knowledge to teach and give all they have (time, patience, strength, love) to their students. Most importantly, they will tell all the details about the way to learn English.

Studying at ELS Cincinnati actually gave me time to adapt to life in America. I was able to see what life was like there and I had more time to make more friends, which helped me to have more time to solve the challenges I met there.

My future plan is ongoing. Now that I have graduated ELS Cincinnati, my awesome plan is to use the three month time between classes to improve physically (work out) and keep on going mentally (mathematical study and English learning) while I am back in China. What's more, I will use most of my time to be with my parents and my little puppies.



June 8, 2015

I chose ELS Cincinnati because it's one of the five strongest ELSs in the USA. One of my biggest challenges before I arrived at ELS was trying to talk to people in English. I would say ELS is like a small house and inside the house there are teachers and students that I prefer to call brothers and sisters because they feel happy for you if you pass and they will help you if you need help.

The biggest benefit of ELS is they help improve your grammar, writing and reading. My teachers impacted me by helping me to speak well and by correcting my grammar and mistakes. Also, they teach me how to talk to people in English. ELS Cincinnati helped me adjust to the US life because they have activities on the weekends to go to great places.

After I finish ELS I will study at university in America and get a Master's degree in my major.

-Nawaf,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


At ELS Portland the teachers are great and the office staff is so nice. Portland is a very good and peaceful location. It’s great for learning and there are really good chances to practice conversation. I love all of the activities!



June 8, 2015


I cannot find a better language situation in this city because I have more chances to communicate with other people. I think OKC is the most worthy city for me to study so I chose Oklahoma City University and ELS/Oklahoma City. There is also delicious food here! After I graduate I will study in here, in OCU, in the master degree of TESOL. I want to try to study English education. The best one point of here is that as a Chinese we always pay more attention to reading and vocabulary. But when I look back at something I wrote one year ago after I study English it looks so weird because now I know more words and how to finish the sentence. There we don’t know how to speak, talk and communicate. I think listening and speaking is like water and sugar. It’s really important for your body and ELS helped me with that.

Dapeng Wu, level 112



June 8, 2015


I had done some research about Oklahoma before I came and
decided it would be a great state to live in.
The cost of living in Oklahoma City is reasonable and I think you can
have a great lifestyle. Also the people
here are really friendly and helpful with any questions you have. What I like about ELS is the location and
teachers. My teachers are great along
with their teaching. Also ELS has many
activities which makes the school more loveable. After I graduate from ELS I plan to study
here in the state of Oklahoma because I’m familiar with everything and I’m too
comfortable to leave it.

Rami Alfaifi, level 109

-Rami ,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


ELS is not only a school, it is also a home for me.
At ELS, I didn't learn just English but also Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Spanish. In this Center I made many friends from different cultures and countries, I learned that English is very important to me if I want achieve my goals. Even though in the beginning everything was difficult because of the language and the new environment, I learned that it was just a phase and everything became a piece of cake. This experience was one of the most exciting in my life. I enjoy very much the time that I spent in ELS. ELS showed me many things that I didn't know when I came to the US. I spent more than a year learning English at ELS. If I'm speaking and writing in English, it is because of ELS. ELS gave me an essential education preparation in order to study in an American university and college. The classes are very fun and interesting. The teachers are awesome, to say the least. Each of them had a different method to teaching and they gave to students many opportunities to speak inside or outside from the school. I don't know what I have to say more about ELS. I just want to say that I'm thankful for all months I spent in this Center and I will never forget what I learned here.



June 8, 2015


I recently graduated from Hawaii Pacific University, and received a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree. I learned many things, and had a great time at the university.

Seven months before I began the program, I completed ELS levels 106 through 112. I found the ELS instructors to be very kind and patient. Their step-by-step approach was very comfortable for me. These things really helped me as my
English was very limited. I had been living in the U.S only 2 years prior to entering ELS. The contents of the ELS classes were useful for me and helped me to survive at the university. Some examples of the things ELS taught me were, writing papers and essays, reading, doing presentations in class, and I also
learned strategies to manage these assignments efficiently. Lastly, it also helped me to develop listening skills to better understand and to be able to take better notes during a lecture. These things were all critical in helping me learn and to get good test scores.

I like to help people who are suffering from an illness, and my future goal is to gain experience as a nurse in the U.S.


June 8, 2015


I came to ELS Romeoville because of its location. Lewis University is a beautiful campus and a great, safe, peaceful place to study. The campus is also an Arboretum, so there are gardens, fountains, and flowers everywhere. I love to walk through campus and enjoy the
scenery and to study near nature. Also being close to Chicago is a lot of fun! I travel with my friends to the city on most weekends. This is a great opportunity to practice the English that we learn in our classrooms.



June 8, 2015


The teachers at ELS Romeoville are so helpful. I meet a new teacher after every session, so I learn from many different teachers. This is so good for me because I hear different accents and learn in different ways. I know this prepares me for my future because
I want to work with an international company where I will be speaking English with people from all around the world.



June 8, 2015


Everyone here is so happy and helpful, it makes be glad to be in Romeoville. The ELS staff gives me assistance with everything I need. And my teachers help me to learn my levels very quickly. I enjoy learning new lessons each session because I believe I am always learning something new. Soon I will be ready for study at university and I know that ELS will prepare me to be successful.

-Omar,Saudi Arabia


June 8, 2015


My father works at the Bogota airport in Colombia and he made me interested in aviation. This is why I study at ELS Romeoville and Lewis University. I will learn English with ELS and then begin classes for a Bachelor degree in Aviation Management. I live in the dormitory and meet other American students who are studying aviation and I learn from them. I am also able to meet professors that teach aviation classes and I did a tour of the Aviation Center. I was able to see the Air Traffic Control center, and the flight simulators. These experiences make me more interested in aviation. Now I am excited to start at Lewis in a few months.



June 8, 2015


I am unsure of what to write in a couple words to describe my experience at the ELS Center. First, during such and amazing time I have met many different people with different beliefs. I fulfilled one of my dreams; making new friends from all over the world. Everyone together at ELS brings me an undiscovered feeling of happiness. Therefore, ELS Center filled a gap in my life. Thank you!



June 8, 2015



My name is Or-On Thamintorn, or you can call me ‘Ham.’ I came from Thailand to study English at ELS Honolulu, Hawaii in 2013. My personal goal was to enroll in the U.S. university which is Hawaii Pacific University (HPU). Before I came to study here, I did not know how to write or organize my papers because of the different strategies. But, the best ELS academic course provided relevant academic class that the wonderful instructors came up with the outstanding knowledge to help learners with four skills. I totally fell in love with the writing class, especially the research paper class that provided me the opportunity to write a research paper in a month. I knew it was really tough, but I could use this knowledge in my real life. Now, I have been enrolled at HPU classes since the fall semester. Because of the writing classes from ELS, I could improve my writing and spend a few hours on my research paper instead of a month!!! You will not be disappointed if you choose ELS to prepare your English. ELS is the best!!

Thank you ELS.