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All of our services are only open to Northwestern students, faculty, staff, and scholars. We do not offer classes to the general public. If you are not officially affiliated with Northwestern, please see our resources page for recommendations about other schools in the area that do have open enrollment classes: http://groups.linguistics.northwestern.edu/esl/resources.htm

Please note that all of our services (group classes, tutoring, and online software) are offered as non-credit courses. If you are a student, these courses will appear on your transcript: the possible grades are "satisfactory" and "unsatisfactory". Although you will receive a grade, the grade will not affect your GPA. Because these courses carry zero-credit, they will also not affect your courseload. Non-students, including faculty, postdocs, staff, pre-doctoral fellows, and visiting scholars, will be registered unofficially as auditors. Both students and staff/scholars must register for services through English Language Programs (see below).

Spring Quarter 2018 Registration Information

The Graduate School has made changes to its eligibility policies, which will take effect Spring Quarter 2018. This change applies primarily to Northwestern affiliates (defined as any member of the Northwestern University community who is not a PhD, MFA, TGS masters student, or postdoctoral fellow). Northwestern affiliates will no longer be able to participate in ELP group classes (Linguistics 380 and 381), or to register for a weekly tutoring appointment (Linguistics 482). Affiliates may continue to audit Linguistics 483 (Supported Online Software Training), and to use our Linguistics 482 walk-in office hours. For questions about these changes, please contact our staff at elp@northwestern.edu.

The Graduate School also wants PhD and MFA students who have not yet met TGS's English proficiency requirement to have top priority for Linguistics 482 individual tutoring appointments. As as result, we have made some slight changes to the process for enrolling in LING 482. The most important change is that all PhD and MFA students will need to register for LING 482 BEFORE the start of quarter. There will then be two specific times when PhD/MFA students can sign up for a specific tutoring appointment time: an early sign up for students who still need to meet the proficiency requirement in the week before classes start, and the normal sign up in the first week of classes for those who have already fulfilled the requirement. Please see below for specific details on how to register for LING 482 if you are a PhD or MFA student.

Registration Dates for ELP services for Spring Quarter 2018


Advanced Registration for group classes begins Monday, February 26 at 8:00 AM for PhD and MFA students only. TGS Masters students may enroll during Pre-registration, beginning March 12 at 8:00 AM, and postdoctoral fellows may register during Add/Drop registration, starting April 3rd. The registration links and group class meeting dates and times are listed further down this page. Please see below for a table of all registration times for group classes.

Please note that beginning in Spring Quarter 2018, affiliates may no longer sign up for or attend LING 380 and LING 381 group classes.

 Registration Period  Spring 2018 Dates  Who can register during this period?
 Advanced Registration  2/26/18 - 3/9/18  PhD and MFA students only
 Pre-Registration  3/12/18 - 3/23/18  PhD, MFA, and TGS Masters students
 SPRING BREAK  3/24/18 - 4/2/18  Registration on hold for Spring Break
 First week of Spring Quarter (Add/Drop)  4/3/18 - 4/9/18  PhD, MFA, TGS Masters students, Postdoctoral Fellows
 Post Registration  4/10/18 - 4/16/18  Postdoctoral Fellows



Pre-Registration for individual tutoring and online speech training software runs between March 12 and 23 for PhD and MFA students only. The registration links and group class meeting dates and times are listed further down this page.

Changes for Ling 482 Tutoring Registration
During Pre-Registration, PhD and MFA students will click on the tutoring online registration link and complete the appliciation, but will not yet be able to select an appointment time. After they sign up, they will receive an e-mail that confirms when they will be able to access the sign up link for choosing a specific appointment time. Once their selection time opens, they will be able to click on the link in their email to choose a specific weekly meeting time and tutor for Spring Quarter. PhD/MFA students who want the best choice of times should click on the link as soon as their selection time opens.

On 4/3/18, Add/Drop registration for Ling 482 Tutoring and Ling 483 online software courses begins for everyone in the TGS cohort, including postdoctoral fellows and TGS Masters students, as well as PhDs and MFAs.  Registration will continue for these students and scholars through the end of the first week of classes, on Monday, April 9.

Note: students and scholars accepted into these programs will be manually enrolled in these courses on CAESAR and will not need a permission number. Also please note that affiliates will no longer be able to register for Ling 482 appointment times, but may still attend walk-in tutoring office hours and enroll in Ling 483.

LINGUISTICS 482 and 483 Registration Dates
 Registration Period  Spring 2018 Dates  Who can register during this period?
Pre-Registration  3/12/18 - 3/23/18 PhD/MFA students only may sign up for Ling 482
SPRING BREAK  3/24/18 - 4/2/18 Registration on hold for Spring Break
Early Appointment Time Selection Begins To be announced: check your registration e-mail confirmation for details PhD/MFA students who signed up for Ling 482 during Pre-Registration and have not yet met the proficiency requirement
Regular Appointment Time Selection begins To be announced: check your registration e-mail confirmation for details PhD/MFA students who signed up for Ling 482 during Pre-Registration and have already fulfilled the proficiency requirement
First week of Spring Quarter (Add/Drop)  4/3/18 - 4/9/18 PhD, MFA, TGS Masters students, and Postdoctoral Fellows may sign up and select an appointment time for Ling 482, and may also sign up for Ling 483
Post Registration  4/10/18 - 4/16/18 Postdoctoral Fellows only may sign up for Ling 482. Postdoctoral Fellows and affiliates may sign up for Ling 483


To participate in any of our services, you must fill out an online application form (links to the forms will be listed below on this page when registration is open). This is a separate process from registering for a course through the University's CAESAR system. You must fill out an application for each service you would like to participate in.

Pre-registration for group classes and tutoring will open at 8:00 AM on Monday, March 12, 2018. During Pre-Registration, PhD/MFA students only will be able to take the first step of registration for tutoring by clicking on the link below. For group classes, both PhD/MFA and TGS Masters may register online during Pre-Registration. Click on the links below to access the online registration system.

LINGUISTICS 380: Spoken English/Speech Acts & the SPEAK test, MON/WED 5:00 - 6:20 PM

LINGUISTICS 381: Written English/Academic Writing, WED 7:00 - 8:20 PM 

LINGUISTICS 482: Individual Tutoring/Instruction for Nonnative Speakers

LINGUISTICS 483: Supported Online Speech Training for Nonnative Speakers (NativeAccentâ„¢ and TOTI)


Yes! If you are subscribed to our mailing list (NU-ESL), you will automatically receive an e-mail when registration opens. To be added to our mailing list, send an e-mail message to Program Coordinator Brian Hampson at elp@northwestern.edu and ask to be added to NU-ESL.


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