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History & Mission

The English Language Institute was organized in 1978 by a campus-wide interdisciplinary committee to provide intensive English language study for prospective University of Tennessee 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.

The flagship campus of the University of Tennessee System and partner in the Tennessee Transfer Pathway.

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