Course List

We are excited for you to study with us at Purdue’s English Language Program. Our main objective is to provide you with the skills you need to succeed academically at an English-speaking university. Our courses are focused on the four skills-reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Grammar and vocabulary are integrated throughout these classes.

Fall/Spring Semester classes are held Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00pm for 15 weeks. Maymester classes are held Monday-Thursday from 9:30am-12:30pm and 2:00-5:00p for 4 weeks.  Summer Semester classes are 9:00am-12:00pm and 1:30:00-4:30pm for 8 weeks.  See Dates and Schedules for more information.

Core Classes

Reading (ENG 040, 041, 042, 043): Reading courses focus on progressively developing skills and strategies for effective academic reading.  Students will read both inside and outside the classroom in order to improve and refine their reading skills, practicing a number of reading strategies for reading faster, understanding and mastering vocabulary in context and using strategic reading skills.  Discussion and small group work will follow reading selections to help students develop critical reading and thinking skills.

Writing/Grammar (ENG 026, 021, 022, 023): Writing courses focus on skills and strategies for effective academic writing.  Throughout all levels, students will engage in discussion and small group work to develop and improve composition skills, including organization, rhetoric, grammar and mechanics, and sentence structure.  In the beginning level, students will focus on developing the ability to write effectively in English through extensive practice in prewriting, drafting, revising and editing.  Then students will develop composition skills with an emphasis on idea clarity.  Finally, students will practice various rhetorical aspects of writing while focusing on improving the cohesion, unity, and clarity of ideas.

Speaking/Listening (ENG 030, 031, 032, 033): Speaking/listening courses focus on strategies for developing listening and conversation skills to help students succeed in social and academic settings.  For the listening component, students, their classmates, and the instructor will provide the class with a wide variety of listening excerpts; following these excerpts will be discussions and small-group tasks that will build a foundation for their listening abilities, then focus on specific listening strategies, such as listening for main ideas and details, and finally, further develop those strategies in the advanced level. For the speaking component, students will progressively develop their ability to manage their speaking in a variety of academic contexts through focusing on pronunciation skills, grammatical accuracy while speaking, academic discussion skills, presentation skills, interviewing skills, and critical thinking skills.


Each semester, the ELP curriculum allows students to choose one elective to supplement their core courses.  These courses are designed to provide additional instruction in specific skill areas, while also creating a fun and stimulating learning environment.  Electives vary each semester, depending on student interest and instructor availability.  Examples of elective courses currently offered are: English for Engineers, American Film, Study Skills, American Culture, TOEFL / IELTS Preparation, Business Communication, Community Service Learning, and Lecture Series.