Increase Your Opportunities
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.
January 9 - April 28, 2023
PROGRAM IS FULL
August 21 - December 15, 2023
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Take your studies outside of the classroom with field trips, social events, and graduation
To learn more about the program or register for the test: 801-581-4600 | firstname.lastname@example.org