The ELI offers a wide range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for U-M graduate students, a comprehensive language and pedagogy training program for current and prospective GSIs, and  teacher education and service learning courses for U-M students planning to teach ESL in international settings or in local communities.  For a personalized counseling session with an ELI faculty member which includes an assessment of your language needs and assistance in choosing an appropriate course, please make an appointment with ELI Advising or e-mail

Community-Engaged Language & Culture Program for International Graduate Students


ELI’s Community-Engaged Language and Culture Program includes 2 components: 1. ELI 560, an on-campus course, and 2. ELI 561, an off-campus field experience. The field experience is a short extension of the on-campus course during which students interact with Americans from diverse backgrounds through a placement with a local organization, practice language skills, and reflect on their experiences. To participate in the field experience, you must enroll in and complete the on-campus course.

Earn 4 total credits during winter term—2 for ELI 560 and 2 for the off-campus component, ELI 561

ELI 560: U.S. Language and Culture in Context: Community-Engaged Learning for International Graduate Students

ELI 561: Community-Engaged Language Practicum for International Graduate Students

Language and Pedagogy Courses for International GSIs

These courses are for international graduate students who are current and potential GSIs.

ELI 539: Pronunciation in GSI Contexts

ELI 580: Introduction to GSI Work

ELI 581: GSI Communication Skills

ELI 584: GSI Seminar and Practicum

ELI 994: College Teaching at the UM: Language, Culture and Pedagogy

Courses for International Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff, and Post-Docs

The ELI offers courses designed to help International Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff and Post-Docs increase their confidence using English and thus maximize their professional contributions during their stay at the University of Michigan and beyond. These courses provide instruction in strategies for academic writing and for speaking in both formal and informal settings.  Participants also review of style and organization of research writing, vocabulary development, and practice in pronunciation to improve the clarity and comprehensibility of their speech.

VS 501: Introduction to Communications in Academia -- Fall term

VS 502: Academic Communications Seminar -- Winter term