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Intensive English Classes for the Salt Lake City Community

The University of Utah's English Language Institute and Zions Bank are proud to present the Zions Evening ESL Program. This 15-week evening course, sponsored by Zions Bank, is designed for students interested in professional and educational advancement. Each class is taught by a qualified instructor in a small classroom setting. During this course, students develop their vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, conversation, reading, and writing skills. All participants are required to complete a free English placement test before the course start date.

For beginning to intermediate classes, please see the General English program.

This program is for people living in the local community. It cannot be used to obtain or maintain a student visa.

Upcoming Dates

Spring 2024
January 8 - April 2024

Fall 2024
August 18 - December 5 2024

Classes for each semester are held Monday - Thursday 6 - 8 p.m.


The cost for each student is $200, plus an additional $55 for the textbook. All other program costs are generously paid for by Zions Bank. 
The Friday of week 1 of each semester is the last day to drop classes with a refund. After week 1 there are no refunds.

Who Is Eligible?

Eligibility for the Zion’s Evening Program is determined through testing. Testing is done on a computer. You will be tested for reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. During the test, we will provide scratch paper and pencils. At a minimum, qualified applicants will be able to confidently say the following about their English skills:

  • I can understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. I can understand the main point of many radio or TV programs on current affairs or topics of personal or professional interest when the delivery is relatively slow and clear.
  • I can understand texts that consist mainly of high frequency everyday or job-related language. I can understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters.
  • I can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst traveling in an area where English is spoken. I can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or pertinent to everyday life (e.g. family, hobbies, work, travel and current events).
  • I can interact about experiences, events, impressions and feelings provided that I can prepare beforehand. I can ask for or give simple clarifications and can respond to comments and questions in some detail.
  • I can interact with a group working on a project, provided there are visual aids such as images, statistics and graphs to clarify more complex concepts.

Steps for Enrollment

  1. Select Program Placement Test Date

    All prospective students must take the free placement test prior to being accepted into the program. Placement tests are offered one month prior to the start of each semester.

    Students must be:

    • At least 18 years old
    • Literate in their first language
    • Priority is given to students who would like to pursue higher education and/or want to improve their job opportunities
  2. Take Placement Test

    The Zions Evening ESL Program placement test consists of four major components which takes a maximum of one hour. This is a web-based exam and further direction on how to complete the exam will be sent once your application is approved.  

  3. Get Your Score and Level

    Shortly after you take the placement test, we will tell you your score and discuss which class is best for you. In order to take the Zions Evening ESL Program, students must be at an intermediate level or higher. If your score is too low, we encourage you to take English Classes in the community to improve your skills and return to take the placement test in the future.

  4. Payment

    As a student you will only pay $200 + $55 for the book. Payment can be made with cash, credit card, debit card, or check issued to the University of Utah. Payment is due prior to the first day of class so that the textbook can be ordered in time.

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Student Experience

Take your studies outside of the classroom with field trips, social events, and graduation ceremonies.

esl students at the natural history museum
esl students by horned dinosaurs at the natural history museum
esl students at a potluck in the ELI building
zions graduation event at the Rice-Eccles stadium

Contact Us

To learn more about the program or register for the test: 801-581-4600 |

Last Updated: 11/1/23