About ELI

Our Commitment to You & the Goals of ELI

1.We will provide intensive English training for you, a non-native speaker of English who wants to improve your English language proficiency to meet your academic, professional, and personal goals. 

2. We will support you in your cultural adjustment by providing an open environment where global understanding and awareness is recognized and valued. 

3. Empower faculty and staff to have a voice in all aspects of the institute by providing positive leadership in which integrity, accountability, mutual cooperation, and respect are upheld.

4. Maintain and high standard of professionalism which encourages both independent and collaborative teaching excellence, professional development, and scholarship. 

5. We will promote your involvement in UM campus and Missoula community, mutually benefiting the institute, university, community, state, nation, and world. 

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Many of our students go on to study at the University of Montana or another university or college in the United States at both the graduate and undergraduate level. Check out the programs University of Montana has to offer to you, after your English Language studies. 

What you will Learn

Our intensive English program provides classroom instruction in all language skill areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Pronunciation

We will also teach you academic study skills so you are ready to succeed at an American college or university. These skills can include:

  • Test taking skills
  • Note taking skills
  • Technology skills

About the Program

You will enroll in two required core classes and an optional elective each term and are engaged in the classes for 18-20 instructional hours per week. Classes are divided into 4 levels according to language proficiency. Our highest levels are eligible to apply for our ELI Bridge Program to help transition to university classes. Four hours per week are devoted to electives, which may be taken optional at extra cost (some scholarships may require enrolling in the elective to meet minimum hour requirements). TOEFL preparation, offered twice each term, is available to students who have high-intermediate to advance language proficiency. 

ELI semesters are divided into two sessions (8 weeks each). You have the opportunity to advance to a higher level after each session. Students cannot attend only one session and must enroll for a full semester (16 weeks). This structure allows students to move quickly through the ELI program and progress to the university. Two TOEFL tests are offered each semester to provide ample opportunity to advance to the university.

Many learning opportunities and extra curricular activities on and off campus are offered during the semester. These activities are aimed to integrate ELI students with local sights, cultural events, community members, and enhance English language in a natural enviroment. New students are required to enroll in Friday Cultures sessions. These sessions meet once a week and cover orientation to student life, American culture, skills for university success, visa regulations and other topics. In addition to courses, you are able to converse with native English speakers when you join the Conversation Partner program.