Stafford House Chicago offers personal service, excellent teaching, premium facilities and flexible learning to take you on your journey of personal and professional growth.
The school is based in the historic McCormick building, built at the beginning of the 20th century. The building is 19 stories high and has a spectacular lobby and views over Grant Park to Lake Michigan. The school has 20 up to date classrooms with a capacity of 270 students.
The school has state-of-the-art technology to help you make the most of the lessons. All of the bright and airy classrooms have interactive whiteboards, TVs and computers. We have a self-study area and 2 IT lounges with 40 student computers to help you learn. The maximum class size is 14, but the typical class size is 10.
For relaxation, there is a student lounge and kitchen where you can meet and catch up with friends. Free wi-fi is available throughout the school. Students come from all over the world and are eager to practice their English, explore and meet new friends.
They love the small, interactive classes that combine an intense learning experience with fun. They love our electives, particularly the professional skills programmes and the way we prepare you for your university course and your professional career.
There is an advice centre at the school with careers counselling and college advice to help you transfer to a local college or university. Student advisors are available every Friday.
They can help with the application process and the school has partnerships with local universities that guarantee students admission when they complete the relevant course. The top five nationalities in the school are Saudi Arabian, Thai, Brazilian, Korean and Taiwanese.
American interns attend General English classes each week and join your conversation exercises to give you the chance to hear and speak conversational English. The grammar, reading, writing and listening skills you need are all built into the teaching structure. The teachers are dedicated to help you learn English.
They all have a Batchelor’s degree, TESOL/TEFL certification or a Masters degree in TEFL. Teachers also have an average of 5+ years of experience, so they have the skills, knowledge and passion to help students of all abilities fulfil their potential.
Your English level is assessed when you arrive to make sure you get the best class for your ability. We mould the syllabus and content to the particular goals and needs of the class members. Reaching your goals is our focus and every month you will have a one-to-one meeting with a mentor to review your progress and make sure you are on track towards achieving your aims.
Learning English in the USA is about more than studying in the classroom. Staff put together great activities that get you out of the school and practice your English while you’re at a White Sox game, taking a free yoga class at Grace Cathedral, or chowing down at an American barbecue at the beach.
Courses are very flexible and last from 1-51 weeks. They are suitable for all levels of ability from beginner to proficient. The maximum class size is 14, but the average size is 10. Lessons last 45 minutes. We have Standard, Intensive and Super Intensive packages.
Standard: 20 lessons per week, Monday to Thursday classes in the morning or afternoon.
Intensive: 25 lessons per week, Monday to Thursday classes in the morning or afternoon + one elective class.
Super: 30 lessons per week, Monday to Thursday classes in the morning or afternoon + two elective classes.
If you are looking for a faster and more intense learning experience we also offer one-to-one options that can be taken alone or in combination with other courses.
Discussing interesting topics
Doing exciting activities
Meeting and talking to Americans in-class
Grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills are all integrated into your classes. The curriculum is divided into ten levels. Level 1 is our foundation level and is for a true beginner. When a student successfully completes level 10 they should be very similar to a native speaker of English in all skill areas. Each level has eight to nine weeks of material and is divided into two parts: Integrated Skills and Speaking. Skills classes use textbooks, quizzes, videos and online material to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
You will learn grammar and everyday vocabulary and how to read and talk about topics in the news. In speaking class you will learn slang and idiom by listening to conversations, interacting with interns and recording and reviewing yourself. We will teach you how to speak naturally, how to pronounce properly and express yourself fluently.
For the intensive and Super Intensive options, you have a choice of elective modules such as; current events, social media, global issues, popular English, pronunciation clinic, business communication, pre-IELTS grammar and news media.
Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: Monday to Thursday, mornings and afternoons. Electives Monday to Friday.
Lessons duration: 45 minutes
Course certificate: Yes
The course covers grammar and pronunciation relating to a range of topics that include sales, marketing and advertising, human resources, administration, finance and management. Your language and practical skills will grow through various activities such as reading correspondence and reports, writing letters and emails, negotiating, preparing and delivering presentations and socialising and networking.You will need intermediate English skills for this course. The school also offers a Professional Certificates course.
The course applies advanced English to team projects and case studies in one of 4 career areas. These are: marketing and advertising, business management and project management. There are visits to American companies and talks from professionals. The certificates cover key skills such as how to build a business case, product development, sales strategies, budget management and leadership. You will need Upper Intermediate English skills for this course.
Time and Days of the week where the course is taught: Monday to Thursday, morning or afternoon. Electives Monday to Friday.
Lessons duration: 45 minutes
Course certificate: Yes
They will learn and practice answering the types of questions they may be asked in an exam. General test taking skills will be examined. And students will be assessed on their critical thinking skills and time management. There will be weekly practice exams, to improve test taking skills. Students specifically learn how to write in a style expected when they get to university. They will learn sentence structure, grammar, vocabulary, listening and speaking, and improve their comprehension skills.
- Student Lounge
- Free Internet
- Student Kitchen
- Study Center
- IT Lounge
- Self Study Room
- Multimedia Classroom
- Interactive Whiteboards