Academic Programs

ELI Academic Programs

ELI classes are small in order to ensure individualized attention. Classes meet Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Students are in class for 18-20 hours each week. There are four levels of instruction ranging from intermediate to advanced level (Levels 3-6). Beginning level classes (Levels 1-2) will be offered if there is adequate student enrollment.

There are two core classes in ELI: Integrated Reading & Writing (9 hours) and Integrated Speaking, Listening & Note Taking (9 hours). Grammar instruction is integrated into the two core classes.  Two-hour per week elective classes are also offered each semester. These optional courses focus on a variety of topics such as cross-cultural communication, pronunciation, non-fiction reading, TOEFL preparation, and study skills.

Instruction at the ELI is student-centered and interactive. Students’ active participation is required to make classes successful and to help students progress in their English language proficiency. ELI classes are supplemented with opportunities for students to improve their English outside of the classroom through our Conversation Partner Program. ELI also incorporates at least one field trip and cultural activity per month, which extend language and cultural learning opportunities outside of the classroom.

Learn more about ELI's academic programs and decide which one best fits your English learning needs by exploring ELI's program pages: Bridge Program, Pathways Program, and ELI Program. If you are interested in learning about short term programs, please explore the Special Language and Culture Programs tab. Learn more about the instruction that ELI provides to Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows on the Humphrey Fellows tab.