English Language Institute

Center for International Education

Do you want to:

  • Improve your English ability?
  • Study at a college or university in the USA?
  • Speak better English for your work?
  • Better understand American culture?
  • Improve your TOEFL score?

For more than thirty years, the English Language Institute has helped thousands of people just like you.

History / Mission

The English Language Institute was organized in 1978 by a campus-wide interdisciplinary committee to provide intensive English language study for prospective UTK students, visitors, and professionals. Its mission is to offer a sound program of English-as-a-second-language instruction, to promote research in language pedagogy, and to provide a language learning resource for Tennessee’s non-English speaking public.

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