The Illinois English Language Forum (iELF) is hosted by the Department of Linguistics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The iELF website will be a comprehensive resource center covering all aspects of academic English and culture for non-native speakers and their teachers.
Lessons and materials will be developed by graduate students under the direction of faculty in the Master of Arts in Teaching ESL program at UIUC. iELF is an ideal intersection where the knowledge and skills of this program can be used to meet a pressing need in the ESL community. Lessons will also be submitted by ESL professionals worldwide; learn how to Get Involved.
Skimming, speed reading, critically examining sources, etc.
Essays, research papers, abstracts, emails, grant applications, etc.
Lectures, classroom discussion, natural speech, negotiating, etc.
Classroom discussion, presentations, group work, pronunciation, etc.
Grammar, including syntax, tenses, punctuation, lexicon, etc.
English used in fields such as accountancy, chemistry, psychology, music, architecture, etc.
Academic skills such as note-taking and academic culture such as plagiarism and formatting, etc.
There are many ESL resources on the Internet. However, very few address the needs of advanced users of academic English.
In addition, iELF will be designed with user experience in mind: