Evening Program

This program offers semi-intensive courses in English as a Second Language. Classes are scheduled in the evenings to accommodate the busy schedules of interested clients who work during the day.

Course and Level Descriptions

Two semi-intensive courses address all language skill areas: grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and vocabulary. Three levels of each course are offered.


  • Understanding and Using Written English: This course concentrates on the development of reading, writing, and grammar skills, as well as vocabulary development.
  • Understanding and Using Spoken English: This course concentrates on the development of listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills.

Levels Descriptions*

Our course levels are aligned to CEFR**.

  • English I (CEFR Beginning and Basic Users): Students in these courses work on developing the basic English skills they need to improve the quality of their daily lives in the U.S. Instruction focuses on all skill areas: grammar, listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation and vocabulary. Lessons are presented in “real life” contexts such as shopping, writing letters and e-messages, using the telephone and reading schedules, instructions, labels, and advertisements (45 hours).
  • English II (CEFR Basic and Proficient Users): Students in these courses work on further developing and applying their knowledge of English grammar, pronunciation listening, reading, and pronunciation skills in increasingly diverse situations. Students work with textbooks and “real life” materials such as newspapers and video clips (45 hours).
  • English III (CEFR Proficient and Advanced Users): Students study and apply rules of English pronunciation and English grammar as they explore various topics such as cultural differences, the environment and the family. Students work on improving reading, conversation, grammar, writing, listening comprehension and vocabulary skills while working with textbooks, articles from newspapers, audiocassettes and videocassettes (45 hours).

*A minimum enrollment of five students is required for each course to be offered.

**Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Dates and Times

The upcoming sessions for the Evening Program will be as follows:

Testing Start Date Last Day to Enroll End Date
September 6, 2023 September 11, 2023 September 13, 2023 November 6, 2023
November 13, 2023 November 15, 2023 November 20, 2023 January 31, 2024
February 7, 2024 February 12, 2024 February 14, 2024 April 8, 2024
April 17, 2024 April 22, 2024 April 24, 2024 June 24, 2024
June 26, 2024 July 1, 2024 July 3, 2024 August 26, 2024

Special notes:

  • No classes are held on dates when the university is closed for holidays and inclement weather.
  • Classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated. Subject to change based on availability of instructor.
Courses Times
Written and Spoken English 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Written English only 7:00 pm to 8:10 pm
Spoken English only 8:20 pm to 9:30 pm

Placement tests are given on the first night of each session. Students are required to arrive at the ELI (108 E. Main Street) at 7:00 pm for testing.


The following prices are valid for each session attended from August 2023 to August 2024.

Course Price
Written and Spoken English $838
Written English only 477
Spoken English only 477
Books 75

Au Pair Prices

The following prices are valid for each session attended from August 2023 to August 2024 for Au Pairs.

Course Price
Written and Spoken English $623
Written English only 359
Spoken English only 359
Books 75

*Prices for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are valid from August 2, 2023, to July 31, 2024. Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

Au Pair Program Requirements

In addition to registering for English I, II or III courses (as described above), au pair students must also register for a 35 hour independent study project. As part of their independent study, au pairs enrolled in the evening courses work with their instructor to develop a proposal to address cultural or work-related topics, such as:

  • American film
  • American cuisine
  • American culture
  • Education and child psychology

The project must involve outside research, participation in community functions (such as film festivals, theatre productions, county fairs, or craft fairs), and a presentation to the Evening Class on some aspect of the study. Independent projects may require the student to create, conduct, and analyze surveys of Americans as part of their research. Independent studies require au pairs to devote a minimum of 4 hours per week to the project, in addition to any homework assigned as part of the English I, II, or III class.


ELI Admissions
Phone: 302-831-2674 | Fax: 302-831-6765 | Email: ud-eli@udel.edu

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