Academics at ELI

The ELI offers an English Language Intensive Program that focuses on English for Academic Purposes. ELI students take 18 hours of course work each week with additional workshops and tutoring. Outside the classroom, our ELI students engage in clubs, intramural sports teams, and opportunities to volunteer.

Example Schedule

Monday / Wednesday
9 to 10:30 a.m.: Listening and Speaking
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Grammar and Communication
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Vocabulary in American Academia (elective)

Tuesday / Thursday
9 to 10:30 a.m.: Reading and Discussion
10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.: Grammar and Communication
1:30 to 3 p.m.: Writing for Quantitative and Qualitative Research

9 a.m to 12:15 p.m.: Panel Discussion / Guest Speaker / workshop
12:15 to 6 p.m.: Optional Field Trip

Saturday / Sunday
Field Trip and Volunteer Opportunities

Academic Support

Academic and Personal Advising: At the ELI, no door is ever closed! Students can meet with teachers, staff members, and the Director at any time to ask questions, learn about their testing results, and make action plans for their future study.

Tutoring Center: Tutors are on-hand to work with you on class assignments, writing and other projects you may be working on.

Placement Testing: The ELI has a series of assessment tools that gauge a students reading, writing, grammar and speaking in English. To tools place the students in appropriate class levels. The ELI currently has 3 levels (Intermediate, High Intermediate and Advanced). Students who are unable to take placement tests will be placed in classes according to evaluation by the ELI director.

Ongoing Assessment: As a programmatic assessment the ELI requires students to take The Michigan Test (MTELP) at the beginning and end of each semester. The MTELP is an examination for test takers who want to evaluate their general English language proficiency in social, educational, and workplace contexts. The Institutional TOEFL exam: The ELI administers the Institutional TOEFL examination once each semester. There is no charge for the exam, but you must sign up with your teacher at least a month in advance. ELI teachers will announce the testing dates.

Normal Progress at the ELI: Students are expected to make normal progress toward completion of coursework in order to remain in “good status.” Normal progress is defined as passing each course with at least a “C” average. Students in special programs may be required to maintain a higher grade average. Failure to make normal progress may negatively affect a student's immigration status.

Attendance: At the ELI we strive to make every moment in the classroom a moment of learning. Your attendance is essential. Students must maintain a 90% attendance rate. Lower than 90% means the student will be placed in the status of Academic Probation. Health Related Absences: Your health and well-being are of utmost importance to your success as a student! If you are absent due to illness or injury, you need to go to the doctor and get a note excusing you from classes.

We will not count this time missed against your absence rate if you bring in a doctor's note. If you are sick, please contact Student Health Services, located in the New Residential Hall on the ground floor, at (724) 223-6047.