In support of the research mission of the University of Michigan, ELI faculty and staff are involved in research across a number of areas. These include English for Specific and Academic Purposes, applied discourse analysis, genre analysis, second language acquisition, language assessment, pedagogical practice, and corpus linguistics.
ELI has also played an important role in the history of corpus linguistics. Two significant language corpora, the Michigan Corpus of Spoken Academic English (MICASE), and the Michigan Corpus of Undergraduate Student Papers (MICASE) were developed at ELI. Teachers and researchers across the world use these historically important collections of language for linguistic analysis, classroom activities, and materials development. Links to these materials, which are all freely available online, can be found here.
ELI faculty members have authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on English for Academic Purposes, as well as leading textbooks on speaking and writing in academic contexts. ELI faculty’s research activity directly informs the English language instruction and support we provide to international graduate students at the University of Michigan.