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General English Evening Course

The General English Evening Course is a part-time English as a Second Language class. The focus is on speaking and listening skills, but reading and writing may be included. The course is open to members of the university (students, faculty and staff) as well as to members of the general community, and is typically offered each term (Fall, Spring and Summer).

This course is intended for high intermediate or advanced learners of English (at least 52 on the iBT TOEFL, 470 on the paper-based TOEFL, or 120 on the computer-based TOEFL)

Dates (Summer 2017, university term 2177):

  • May 16 - August 1 (no classes July 4)

Class days/time:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.


  • $925 plus application fee and required university fees
  • University of Pittsburgh faculty scholarships may be available for eligible full-time faculty and research associates and their husbands and wives. For more information about faculty scholarships, please contact the Office of Faculty Records at 412-624-4232 or visit their office in G-39 in the Cathedral of Learning.

Application deadline: May 10

Placement test:

  • May 11 from 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm.
  • Reserve a test date by calling (412) 624-5901 or e-mailing

Application procedure:

  • Fill out the ELI application form and check the Evening Classes line in Section A.
  • Return the completed application form to the ELI office with a check for $375 ($75 for application and $300 for deposit; both fees are nonrefundable).
  • Students must take the ELI's placement test to ensure that the course is appropriate to their level of Proficiency.

Note: The Evening Course is not usually open to students on an F-1 visa from the ELI.


Course Description

Course Goals:

  • Improve English speaking and listening skills
  • Use reading, writing, grammar, and pronunciation work to improve speaking and listening skills
  • Practice general English language skills applicable to everyday, work, and academic settings
  • Explore culture relevant to improving the language skills that are the focus of the course

Course goals will be achieved through the following activiites:

  • Studying and completing exercies and practice in the textbook
  • Listening to and studying video clips and radio reports
  • Keeping a listening log
  • Delivering oral presentations
  • Reviewing problem areas in pronunciation
  • Doing short pieces of writing and grammar exercises as needed
  • Participating actively in every class


  • This course is graded on a Pass/Fail basis, but you will receive feedback on your speeches and listening comprehension activities.
  • Participation and attendance are extremely important. You cannot improve if you do not attend and participate. If you miss class, you are responsible for finding out what the assignment is and preparing it for the next class. If you miss more than 4 classes (there are no excused absences), you will not receive a certificate.

Revised 4/29/17