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Program

Core Curriculum: Full-Time Intensive Program

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The curriculum consists of seven proficiency levels from high-beginning to pre-university. Classes are limited in number of students. As a general rule, the lower the proficiency level, the fewer students per class. Classes meet during four periods each day, Monday through Friday. Each student has classes with an emphasis on the following (see weekly schedule listed below):

  • English Structure (Grammar)
  • Writing and Composition (Rhetoric)
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Listening and Conversation

Elective classes vary from term to term. Recent offerings have included photography, internet English, American movies, music, and art. Provision is made for TOEFL preparation, and classes assist students in pronunciation, test-taking strategies, US culture orientation, and university study skills. Daily assignments are given for all classes.

Quizzes and examinations are given regularly. The A, B, C, F grading system is used. A grade of NP is given to students who have not improved enough to go on to the next level of study. All grades are recorded on the ELI Certificate of Attendance issued to each student at the end of the term. The faculty also presents special certificates and awards to students selected for outstanding academic and cultural contributions to the program.

Sample Weekly Schedule

Hours of instruction per week

103,104,105,106,107
(basic-advanced)
108
(pre-university)
GRAMMAR 5 0
READING 5 5
WRITING 5 5
LISTENING & SPEAKING 5 10
ELECTIVE 1 1
TOEFL PREP (OPTIONAL) 1 1

Full-time students may begin classes as early as 8:30 a.m. and end classes as late at 4:55 p.m. The weekly schedule is subject to change, depending on enrollment and classroom availability.

Computer Laboratory

The computer-assisted language learning laboratory is an important part of each student’s program. Multimedia software is available for 400+ hours of English language study and practice. Students can use the lab for email, online browsing, and word processing.

Student Placement

At the beginning of each term, students are assigned to levels according to their ability in each language skill area based on placement test results and instructor evaluations of student proficiency.

Student Counseling and Guidance

Faculty serve as advisors and are available to counsel problems like homesickness and housing. Students are also assisted in applying for admission to US colleges or universities.

TOEFL

One institutional TOEFL is given each term to all ELI students. The cost of the test is included in tuition. The average gain in total the TOEFL score for full-time ELI students is five to six points per week of instruction, and some students increase their scores significantly more.

Additional Curriculum

In addition to the full-time intensive English program, ELI offers part-time study for non-native speakers in the US. A 1-20 is issued for part-time study. The I-20 is a document certifying a student has been admitted to a program and has demonstrated sufficient financial resources to stay in the US. The I-20 is officially called the Certificate of Eligibility because it allows an individual to apply for an F-1 student visa at a US embassy or consulate abroad. Contact ELI for details, including fees.

Student Orientation

A two-day orientation program begins each session to help students acclimate to attending class in the US. Social, cultural, and educational activities are organized during the term. Students have luncheons, parties, and picnics, among other activities. The cost of these activities is included in the ELI tuition and maintenance fee, and attendance is required. Other activities are occasionally organized by instructors, for which students must pay their own expenses.

 

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