English Language Institute
Holloway Hall

ELI 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.

ELI Core Classes

ELI11-4: Grammar/Structures: Form and Function: This is the level 4 course of a four-level communicative grammar series. It is designed to help non-native speaking students become familiar with the rules of essential English grammar (form) and know when to apply them and what they mean (function). This course will integrate all four communication skills while applying the ruled being taught. This course will be available three times throughout year and will meet three hours every week. Pre-requisite: unless the placement test determines the level of grammar proficiency, all higher levels of this course requires successful completion of the preceding level.

ELI 21-4: Academic Reading: This four-level course is designed to help non-native speaking students become more effective readers in English. The focus of this course is reading strategies, reading comprehension, and analysis of a variety of text types. After completing the course, students should able to read, comprehend, and analyze level-appropriate academic texts, narrative prose, and descriptive essays, applying appropriate reading strategies, comprehension strategies and prior knowledge, specifically employing reading skills, utilizing vocabulary skills, and applying reading strategies. The class will meet three hours every week and it will deliver three times throughout the year. Pre-requisite: unless the placement test determines the level of grammar proficiency, all higher levels of this course requires successful completion of the preceding level.

ELI31-4: Academic Writing: This course is designed to help non-native speaking students become an effective writer in an academic setting. The focus of this course is academic writing that includes the mastery of punctuation and grammar structures and can edit and revise to improve communication. In addition, this course will provide students with opportunities to practice writing skills required for academic writing including skills at using sources for academic paper. This four-level course will be available three times throughout the year. Pre-requisite: unless the placement test determines the level of grammar proficiency, all higher levels of this course requires successful completion of the preceding level.

ELI41-2: Oral Communication: This is a two level oral communication class. This course provides non-native speakers with the opportunity to practice and improve their listening and communication skills in both social and academic settings. Listening practice will include academic lectures, interviews, video and audio files. In addition, this course will provide students with opportunities to discuss about cultural topics related to the United States and other countries represented in our class. This course will be available three times a year and will meet three hours a week.

ELI43-4: Academic Speaking: This two-level course is designed to help non-native speaking students become more effective speakers and listeners in an academic setting. Students will become familiar with common assignments such as group discussion and individual presentations. Over the course of the semester, students will learn how to develop PowerPoint presentations, how to take notes effectively, and how to absorb material learned in class. This course will be available three times throughout the year. Pre-requisite: unless the placement test determines the level of grammar proficiency, all higher levels of this course requires successful completion of the preceding level.

ELI Elective Courses

ELI51: Introduction to American Universities: This course is designed to help non-native speaking students at a higher level of English proficiency (Levels III &IV) make a smooth transition into American university life. First, common greetings and interaction methods in English will be reviewed. Next, students will learn how to behave appropriately according to American customs both in and out of the classroom. Methods of socializing, networking, and expanding social horizons will be discussed. Finally, techniques important to university study such as note-taking and research will be covered. Students will acquire the ability to use this knowledge through real-life events and occurrences.  This course will be available twice a year (fall and spring semesters) and meet three hours each week. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ELI42 or placement test results (65% or higher).   

ELI52: American Pronunciation and Accent: This cross-level course is designed to help non-native speaking students become confident in speaking English. The focus of the course is on American pronunciation and accent reduction in communication. This one level course will be available twice in a school year (fall and spring semesters) and will meet three hours a week. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ELI 041 or placement test results (65% or higher).   

ELI61: ELA for American Life: This course assists pre-intermediate students in building basic conversation skills so that they may function in the US more easily. The daily lessons provide grammar and communication practice in a range of situational contexts. The tasks introduce useful and interesting vocabulary through simple controlled dialogues, leading to free practice. On a weekly basis, the course provides opportunities for learners to practice the language introduced in the classes in real life settings. This course meets three hours every week and it is offered twice a year: spring and fall.

ELI62: Basic Vocabulary: This course is designed for beginner non-native English speakers who need to expand their use of basic vocabulary that is required to succeed in an American university and society. A wide range of speaking, listening, reading and writing activities are implemented to increase vocabulary and vocabulary retention. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level I courses.

ELI 71: ELA for Vocabulary for Academics: This course is designed for intermediate non-native English speakers who want to refine their knowledge of increase their vocabulary, with specific focus on their academic lexicon. Various exercises are implemented to increase vocabulary and vocabulary retention. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level I courses.

ELI72: ELA through American Social Studies: By exposing international students to American social studies, this course will provide students with opportunities to get familiarized with daily English in all four areas, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. While learning the contents, students are gaining more exposure to the authentic academic English and hands-on experience. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level I courses.

ELI73: ELA through Experiential Learning: This course is designed for those whose native language is not English to use the target language to get adjusted to the English speaking world both socially and academically. Various real life activities will be provided for students to put the newly acquired target language to use in a real world in both written and spoken language. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level I courses or proof of basic proficiency demonstrated by the placement test results (higher than 50%).

ELI74: ELA through Using Academic Resources:  This course is designed for the international students whose native language is not English to use academic resources in the target language. In this class, students will be provided with a wide range of guided experiences in getting acquainted with and becoming skilled in using academic resources available both on campus and online. By the end of the course, students should be able to easily locate the information required for their academic studies. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level I courses or proof of basic language proficiency demonstrated by the placement test results (higher than 60%).

ELI81: ELA through Issues in American Media: This course is designed to help non-native speaking students at a higher level of English proficiency (Levels III &IV) become more familiar with the way native speakers discuss topics and concerns commonly portrayed in American news and media. Students will be introduced to these issues and will learn their importance to Americans; furthermore, they will be encouraged to share the stance on these issues in their home country as well. Finally, standpoints will be argued through debate and essay formats. This course will be available twice a year (fall and spring semesters) and meet three hours every week. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ALL level 2 courses or placement test results (65% or higher).   

ELI 82: ELA through American Music: This course develops listening and speaking skills through an examination of the popular music in the US. Learner outcomes include improved listening and speaking skills; vocabulary development, especially the language and idioms of songs; and an understanding of current American culture.

ELI83: ELA through American History: This course is designed to help non-native speaking international students at higher level of English proficiency (levels III &IV) become more knowledgeable about American history while improving their oral English comprehension and expression. At the same time, students will be exposed to authentic academic contents similar to those used in a regular university classroom. This course will be available twice a year (fall and spring semesters) and meet three hours every week. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ALL level 2 courses or placement test results (65% or higher).   

ELI84: American Culture through Movies: This course is designed to help non-native speaking international students at higher level of English proficiency (levels III &IV) become more knowledgeable about American cultures while improving their oral English comprehension and expression. At the same time, students will be exposed to authentic academic contents similar to those used in a regular university classroom. This course will be available twice a year (fall and spring semesters) and meet three hours every week. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ALL level 2 courses or placement test results (65% or higher).   

ELI85: ELA through Note Taking for Academia: By exposing international students to various types of formal speeches and lectures, this course provides training and practice in academic speaking and listening. In this course, students will provided with strategies for taking accurate and comprehensive notes from academic lectures. This course meets three hours a week and is offered in spring and fall. Prerequisite includes successful completion of all level II courses.

ELI91: ELA for Business: This course develops communication skills in a business context. The course is intended for advanced level students interested in using English in business. Learner outcomes include improved listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills, as well as vocabulary development for basic business situations and an understanding of American business culture. Students develop language skills for business management and marketing through role-playing, group, discussions, negotiations, oral interviews, and oral presentations. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall.

ELI92: ELA for Technology: This course develops necessary vocabulary, jargon and information regarding technological advances in the US. The course is intended for advanced level students interested in using English in the field of technology. Learner outcomes include improved listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills, as well as vocabulary development for technological use and an understanding of American advances in technology. Students develop language skills for areas such as Information Technology, Computer Science, Engineering, etc. through a variety of informational methods. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall.

ELI93: ELA for Health Professionals: This course aids in the development of medical lexicon and provides learners with the opportunity to observe and participate in scenario based learning. The course is intended for advanced level students interested in using English in the medical field. Learner outcomes include improved listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills, as well as vocabulary development for medical use and an understanding of American medical procedures and standards. Students develop language skills and improve their ability to communicate important medical related information. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall as long as we a cohort of 8 students.

ELI94: Talking with Confidence with Native Speakers: This course refines oral communication skills. It is intended for high-advanced-level students who expect to use spoken English in an intellectual context. Learner outcomes include improved listening comprehension of natural speech, speaking fluency and accuracy. Activities include discussions, listening tasks, presentations, course discussions and role plays. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall.

ELI95: Writing with Reduced Accent: This course is designed to help non-native speaking students who have successfully completed ELI level IV courses become an effective writer in an academic setting and reduce accent in writing. The focus of this course is academic writing that includes the mastery of doing research providing students with opportunities to practice writing skills required for academic writing including skills at using sources for academic paper. This course will be available twice a year: fall and spring semesters. Pre-requisite for this course is successful completion of ELI034 or placement test results (85% or higher).   

ELI96: Selective Readings of American Classics: This course is an advanced level course in which students will read various classics from American Literature. They will participate in discussions of the readings, write reactionary pieces to the literature, and keep a reading journal. Students may also explore other materials such as book reviews, film clips, and blogs. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall.

ELI97: TOEFL/GRE/GMAT  (Pathway Program Curriculum): The test prep course assists learners in focusing on the improvement of spoken and written English skills prepare to take the TOEFL, GRE or GMAT exams. This course of study will enhance learners’ use of the English language and is tailored to help language learners develop test-taking strategies and provide tips to help them succeed in standardized testing at large. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall as long as we a cohort of 8 students.

ELI98: Writing for Graduate Research (Pathway Program Curriculum): This course is an advanced level course in which non-native speaking students will be guided with well-researched models and provided with plenty of opportunities to practice how to organize their thoughts and communicate them in a scholarly manner in writing. By the end of the course, students will be able to write a publishable paper in their own academic field. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall as long as we a cohort of 8 students. This course will only be offered in the fall.

ELI99: Presenting for Graduate Research (Pathway Program Curriculum): This course is designed for advanced level students. In this course, non-native speaking students will be exploring and practicing some of the well-researched strategies for presenting ideas for their graduate research. The objectives for this course will include helping non-native speakers become confident in making presentations to communicate their graduate research either in a small class setting or to a large group of audience. This course meets three hours on a weekly basis and is offered in the spring and fall as long as we a cohort of 8 students. This course will only be offered in the fall.

ELI 101: Intensive Study abroad Program (ISAP): This course is designed as an intensive course for non-native English speaking college students. As a collective course, this course consists of academic writing, speaking, introduction to American universities, and cultural experiential learning activities. The objectives for this course will include students’ familiarity of ways to use English language as communication means and the culture in which the language is used. Additionally, students will be provided with a variety of learning experiences in both academic and social environments. By the end of this course, students will become more confident about life on American campus. This course is composed of classroom instruction and outside classroom activities.

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