The English Language Institute


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All students enrolling in the English Language Institute at Salisbury University are tested with several measurements to determine their appropriate instructional level.  The ESL Placement consists of 4 parts: Listening, Language Usage, Sentence Skill and Reading Skills. A student's placement is valid for two years and then the placement exam must be taken again.

* Please note: if you have difficulty understanding the information on this page or difficulty communicating your basic needs in English, you may take the lowest level ESL course without taking the ESL Placement Test.

Course Descriptions

Core courses are required courses in the area of Grammar/Academic Writing/Academic Reading/Oral Communication. Students must complete all levels of core courses before completing the ELI program.

Elective courses are also required each semester. Each student must take at least two elective courses each semester, and must complete at least four electives before moving to Level III.

Click here for the list of core classes and their descriptions.

Classes are offered during seven (7) week and fifteen (15) week sessions. Below is a sample schedule to assist in your educational planning:

Estimated ELI Sessions

Fall Session (15 instructional weeks): Last week of August - Mid-December
Spring Session (15 instructional weeks): Last week of January - Mid-May
Summer Session (7 instructional weeks): First week of June - Late July

Schedule for 2015-2016 Academic Year

Dates for Fall Programs (August 31-December 11th, 2015)
Schedule for Spring Programs (January 25th-May 10th, 2016)
Arrival Times

August 22nd, 2015

January 18th, 2016

Placement Test

August 25th, 2015

January 20th, 2016


August 26th-27th, 2015

January 21st-22nd, 2016

First Day of Class

August 31st, 2015

January 25th, 2016

Schedule for Summer Programs:

Regular ELI program (This regular program is not offered for the summer of 2015):  

ISAP Program: 

July 6th-August 2nd, 2015 
Arrival and Airport Pickup: (between 9am and 8pm-American Eastern Time)
We ONLY provide airport pickup on July 5th at Balitimore Washington International Airport (BWI)

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