Intensive Online Plus (ION+) Program

  • Complete your program online anywhere in the world.  
  • Easy access to the award-winning ELS curriculum via our learning platform, on any device. 
  • Personalized group instruction to meet your English and academic goals. 
  • 4-week sessions featuring 18 hours of weekly live online lessons. 
  • Flexible learning option, offered in your time zone around the world.
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Summary of Program

The Intensive Online Plus (ION+) program includes 18 hours of remote teaching each week, plus individual work in Guided E-Learning (GEL), MyELT and My English Lab learning platforms. 

The 18 hours of remote teaching includes:

  • 8 hours of Structure and Speaking Practice (SSP)
  • 6 hours of Reading and Writing (R/W)
  • 2 hours Small Group Instruction (1 SSP and 1 R/W)
  • One 2-hour group American Experience class on Fridays

You can also sign up for Virtual Office Hours with your teacher for extra practice or counseling.

All classes are fully aligned with the ELS curriculum so you can work towards your Certificate of Completion, which is accepted in place of IELTS/TOEFL at 600+ universities in the United States.

Who this program is for?

Current students:

if you are not located near an ELS Language Center, you could be eligible to continue studying through the ION+ program, allowing you to complete your ELS Certificate.

Contact us today to find out if you are eligible.

New students:

Can't travel to the United States? 

New students can complete up to and including level 112 through ION+ and receive your Certificate of Completion.


Start dates, fees and contact information

  • Start dates: We have new courses starting every month. 
  • Fee: $1,380 for each 4-week session

Your virtual center is your first point of contact for any and all questions. They will help you with your studies, payments and any questions you might have.


Yes! Online classes will follow the same ELS curriculum and books used in regular classes. In addition, this curriculum is supplemented with interactive listening, reading, writing, and grammar exercises across ELS’ innovative online language learning platforms. Instructors will review this work and provide feedback and guidance to students throughout the week.

Online program features include:

  • 18 hours of live instruction in speaking, reading, writing, and listening plus American Experience - fully aligned with our in-classroom instruction
  • Weekly one-on-one meetings with instructors
  • Virtual contact with Americans
  • Daily practice sessions using two online self-study programs (Guided eLearning and National Geographic Learning)
  • Academic counseling session upon request
  • Independent online activities and assignments can be done at any time 

Intensive students will attend 18 hours of live instruction each week.

A sample schedule for an intensive student is as follows:







Class Name

Structure and Speaking (SSP)

Reading and Writing


Structure and Speaking (SSP)



Reading and Writing (RW)


Structure and Speaking (SSP) 

Class Time

7:00 AM - 9:50 AM EDT or 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM EDT

3 hours

7:00 AM - 9:50 AM EDT or 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM EDT

3 hours



7:00 AM - 9:50 AM EDT or 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM EDT

3 hours


7:00 AM - 9:50 AM EDT or 11:00 AM - 1:50 PM EDT

3 hours


7:00 AM - 8:50 AM EDT or 11:00 AM - 12:50 PM EDT

2 hours


Small Groups

SSP Small Group

1 hour



RW Small Group

1 hour


American Experience         9:00 AM - 11:00 AM EDT


2 hours

Yes. The content on all of the online platforms can be accessed on a phone. However, because you will be spending a lot of time doing online coursework and assignments, we recommend using a computer or tablet.

Students will receive grades in the online classes the same way they received grades in class. However, because of the online format, the assessments will not be exactly the same. Students will be assessed based on attendance and participation in live sessions, completion of online listening, grammar and reading activities, and speaking and writing evaluations.

Yes. Students who pass the level with an overall average of 79% or higher will advance to the next level. The online live instruction and educational platform is fully aligned with the ELS methodology. You can work toward your Certificate of Completion, which is accepted by more than 600+ colleges and universities in the United States.

Each week, you will participate in group classes with instructors, private one-on-one sessions with instructors, and independent work online. It will be 18 hours of remote teaching, plus individual work in the GEL platform. 

Listening and speaking practice and feedback will be a particular focus in the Structure and Speaking class. Listening and speaking will be done through guided interactions with the teacher and in monitored discussions with other students in online breakout rooms. Listening practice will also be emphasized in independent online activities.

Yes! You can complete up to and including level 112 through ION+ and receive your Certificate of Completion.

The maximum class size for SSP and RW is 15 students. There is also one period of “small group instruction” for SSP and RW each week. The maximum class size for “small group instruction” is eight.

We have new classes starting every month.

Here are the scheduled start dates:

  • January 3
  • January 9
  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 27
  • March 6
  • March 27
  • April 3
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 22
  • May 30
  • June 19
  • June 26
  • July 17
  • July 24
  • August 14
  • August 21
  • September 11
  • September 18
  • October 9
  • October 16
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • December 4
  • December 11

There are no additional fees.

We prefer receiving applications as soon as possible for better planning, but one week before the session start is the deadline. If you have applicants after this deadline, please let us know and we will do our very best to accommodate.


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