The mission of the English Language Institute is to provide language instruction, academic support, and intercultural training which enable all members of the University of Michigan community, regardless of the language in which they were raised or educated, to fully participate in the life of the University and to excel in their scholarly, instructional and professional endeavors throughout their academic careers. In the firm belief that this effort enriches the educational experience of domestic and international students alike, the ELI strives to collaborate with units across the University to foster an open, welcoming climate and to connect the Ann Arbor campus with the world.
The ELI is an independent unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts which provides language, academic, and intercultural support to members of the University of Michigan community. The core of the ELI’s offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.
Other ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics in which international graduate students and GSIs can receive one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides international students with practice speaking English in an informal setting and domestic U-M students with opportunities to learn about other cultures.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Courses for Graduate Students: The core of the ELI’s offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students in all U-M schools and colleges. In the fall and winter semesters, ELI offers over 30 EAP courses, which students take concurrently with their graduate coursework. Our EAP curriculum incorporates the findings of the latest research in discourse and genre analysis in order to provide students with the linguistic and communicative skills they need to become effective, fully-participating members of the academic community at U-M and to excel in their academic and professional careers in the future.
GSI Training Program: A comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs) in LSA and other U-M schools. This program directly supports the instructional mission of the University by providing international GSIs with training and practice in the language of the classroom and techniques for establishing effective relationships with their students and leading effective discussions and lab sessions.
Teacher Training: ESL/EFL teacher education courses which prepare undergraduates to teach English to nonnative speakers in local communities or abroad. These courses provide prospective teachers with a solid foundation in the principles of second language acquisition and approaches to second langauge teaching. They also incorporate a strong focus on service learning in order to encourage the development of a reflective, socially-engaged teaching practice.
Summer Intensive Programs: Full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education. We currently offer three programs: English for Academic Purposes, English for Business Studies, and English for Legal Studies.
Courses for Visiting Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff, Post-Docs: Fee-based courses for members of the Michigan community not currently enrolled in a U-M degree program. These courses are designed to provide language skills and academic acculturation which will enable these important members of the
Conversation Circles: The ELI Conversation Circles are a volunteer program in which Native-English-speaking volunteers lead a small group of international graduate students for an hour of conversation a week. Conversation Circles provide enable international students to practice spoken English in an informal setting and provide domestic U-M students with the opportunity to learn about other cultures. They thus help support international students at U-M and promote intercultural exchange.