English Language Institute

General English Evening Course

General Overview

The General English Evening Course is a part-time English as a Second Language class designed to meet the needs and schedules of individuals who cannot take courses during the daytime.  The focus of this course is on speaking and listening skills, but reading and writing may be included according to the wishes of the class. The course is open to members of the university (students, faculty and staff) as well as to internationals in the City of Pittsburgh and the surrounding  areas.  

Dates and Times

  • Summer 2018:  May 15 - August 2 (no class May 29)
  • Fall 2018:  Sept. 11 - Dec. 4 (no classes Oct. 16 or Nov. 22)
  • The General English Evening Course is offered each term (Fall, Spring and Summer).

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

Course Description

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).  Students must take the ELI's placement test to ensure that the course is appropriate to their level of language proficiency.

Course Goals Course Activites
  • Improve overall English speaking and listening skills
  • Practice giving speeches and presentations that are used in everyday, work, and academic settings
  • Explore culture relevant to improving the language skills that are the focus of the course
  • Studying and completing exercises and practice activities 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

The textbook for this course is Northstar 4:  Listening and Speaking (4th ed.) and can be purchased at The University Store on Fifth.  

Students who have not missed more than 4 classes will receive a Certificate of Attendance. 

Tuition and Fees

Tuition is $990 and required university fees are $279, plus application fee. 

University of Pittsburgh faculty education benefits 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.

Campus Life and Pitt ID Card

Students in the General English Evening Course receive an ID card from the University of Pittsburgh, which allows them to be part of the university community.  With their Pitt ID card, students can use all librariesrecreational/sports facilities and computer labs on campus. Students also have access to free and discounted cultural activities throughout the city.

Application Procedure

  • Fill out an ELI application and check the Evening Class line in Section A.
  • Return the form to the ELI office with a check for $400 ($100 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 language proficiency.
    • Reserve a place at the test by calling 412-624-5901 or e-mailing elipitt@pitt.edu.
    • Fall 2018 test date:  Sept. 6 from 6:00 pm - 7:50 pm

Note: The General English Evening Course is not usually open to students on an F-1 visa issued through an I-20 from the ELI.


Contact us for more information about the General English Evening Course.