General Information

The Special English Class (SEC) is an intensive class for improving everyday English conversation skills.

The primary goal of the class is for students to gain confidence in using English in everyday situations. Students will get a lot of practice speaking English with their classmates and with their teachers.

What do SEC students learn?

Lessons may be based on the following topics:

  • using appropriate greetings
  • asking for directions
  • ordering food at restaurants
  • visiting the doctor
  • giving compliments
  • making phone calls

Who can sign up to take the SEC?

The ESL students for the SEC are adults from the Champaign-Urbana community who have a low-intermediate level of English.

University of Illinois students cannot take this class. Visiting scholars, spouses of UIUC students, and UIUC staff may apply to take the class.

Who teaches the SEC?

The Special English Class (SEC) is taught by students in the Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MATESL) program in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The SEC is the teaching practicum for our MA students in which they do guided, supervised ESL teaching.