English Language Institute (ELI)

Main Contact Info

555 S. Forest Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2584

Phone: 734.764.2413
Fax: 734.763.3876

Email: eli-information@umich.edu
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/eli

About the English Language Institute

The English Language Institute’s primary mission is to provide language, academic, and cultural support to international graduate students, GSIs, and visiting scholars at the University of Michigan. Course offerings include a range of English for Academic Purposes courses which provide international graduate students with the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills they need to succeed in their academic work and in their future professional lives. Courses are targeted to specific language needs such as dissertation writing, writing for academic publication, and speaking in research contexts.

The ELI also offers Writing and Speaking Clinics which provide additional, ongoing one-on-one support to students who are deemed not to need regular classroom instruction or who have completed ELI courses and wish to further refine and polish their academic and language skills.

The ELI’s training for international Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), a collaboration with the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT), includes a combination of instruction in language and pedagogy, guided practice teaching, and intensive individualized mentoring and advising. This program includes an intensive summer program for new international GSIs in LSA, as well as ongoing course options and individual support in the fall and winter terms.

The ELI collaborates with several other schools to offer discipline-specific programs and courses. For example, the ELI offers specialized coursework and individualized clinic support to students in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and collaborates with Taubman faculty to provide a summer intensive program for newly-admitted international students. The ELI also offers several other summer intensive programs for newly-admitted graduate students. These include an English for Legal Studies and English for Business Studies intensives, as well as a general-purpose English for Academic Purposes intensive program for students in LSA and other schools.

Although it primarily serves graduate students, the ELI also offers a set of teacher-training courses for undergraduates who are planning to teach ESL in the local community and abroad after graduation. These courses strongly emphasize the principles of service learning and include practice teaching experiences in local service organizations and migrant farm-worker camps.

In all of these endeavors, the ELI seeks to enable international students and scholars to succeed in their academic endeavors and to create a welcoming climate in which all members of the community whose first language is not English are able to fully participate in the intellectual, cultural and social life of the University. In addition, the ELI offers courses for students interested in the instructional aspects of language learning and teaching.

A maximum of four ELI credits may be counted toward a degree.


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