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Learning at ELI

The English Language Institute is an intensive English program (IEP) for women and men from around the world. Most of our students come to study English full time. After studying in the ELI, students move on to undergraduate studies, graduate studies and careers.

Although ELI students come from all over the world speaking different languages, together they form a community that makes the ELI experience unique. In each session, there are students from 20-25 different countries. This diversity helps students to learn English and use it in and out of the classroom. Our experienced and caring faculty and staff take an interest in helping each student to achieve his or her professional and personal goals.

At the English Language Institute, the students show how the world can live and learn together. Wherever you go after ELI, you will have lifetime friends to take with you.

I not only studied English, but I made international friends."- Ikuko Iwabuchi, Japan

Schedule and Course Descriptions

At the ELI, full-time students are in class 22–25 hours a week. Part-time students may take up to 3 courses depending on their visa type. U.S. residents may study full or part time. In eight-week sessions, students from “high beginner” to “advanced” study writing, grammar, reading, listening and speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, TOEFL preparation and American culture. Students are placed in the appropriate level based on their placement test scores obtained at the beginning of the session. English is used at all times in the classroom. The average class size is 10-12 students.

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Weekly schedule 
Monday  
9 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Writing & Grammar
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Reading & Discussion
1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Listening & Speaking
Tuesday  
8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. TOEFL Preparation
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Vocabulary
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Pronunciation
12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Advanced Skills through Language & Culture

Wednesday  
9 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Writing & Grammar
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Reading & Discussion
1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Listening & Speaking
Thursday  
8:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. TOEFL Preparation
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Vocabulary
10:45 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Pronunciation
12:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Advanced Skills through Language & Culture

Friday  
9 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Writing & Grammar
11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Reading & Discussion
1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. Listening & Speaking

TOEFL Preparation

Students at the high intermediate to advanced levels may take our TOEFL Preparation class that is designed to assist them in preparing for and improving their score on the TOEFL Test. This class is limited to students who score well on a TOEFL placement test given during Orientation.

Writing & Grammar

Students learn the fundamentals of English structure with focus on practical application in writing at the sentence, paragraph, and essay level. Through the various levels, students learn to write following Western academic styles. A focus on editing and self-correction is emphasized at the higher Writing and Grammar levels.

Reading & Discussion

Students learn skills and strategies to build vocabulary and improve accuracy and speed in reading comprehension. Readings come from fiction and non-fiction sources such as magazines, newspapers, essays, short stories, and novels. Authentic materials as well as materials designed for ESL (English as a Second Language) are used. Discussions and written assignments are used to assess and respond to reading assignments.

Listening & Speaking

Students build confidence in speaking as they focus on being able to communicate clearly and effectively. Listening skills are developed as a means of improving communication. Discussions range around a variety of high-interest topics, and both formal and informal speech is emphasized. In addition, idiomatic language is taught as a key component to understanding native speech.

Vocabulary

Students build vocabulary with a focus on using words in context both in writing and speaking. Higher-level classes focus on learning the structures of English vocabulary and teach skills necessary to decode and learn new words independently.

Pronunciation

Students become more intelligible to other English speakers by focusing on specific sounds and patterns of Standard American English. Assignments in the Language Learning Center are included in this course as a means of enhancing what is learned in the classroom.

Advanced Skills through Language & Culture

This course is designed for high intermediate to advanced students who wish to increase their language skills in listening comprehension, speaking fluency, reading and writing, in order to help prepare them for the demands of further study in an American University.  They will also learn new vocabulary and idioms, contextualized in selected American feature films, and increase their understanding of basic U.S. values and beliefs underlying U.S. culture through thematic units of study, such as U.S. Government, Education in the U.S., and The American Family.  The expectations for this course will be the same as those for a credit course in the University. 

What Will Life Be Like at the ELI?

Full-time students are in class Monday through Friday. After class, students often work on homework and projects with classmates before returning to their homes.

Since we value learning inside and outside of the classroom, ELI field trips help students learn about American life and culture. Holiday parties are sponsored by the ELI in addition to trips to local museums, theatres, businesses and sports events.

Each session, the ELI organizes a trip to a nearby city such as Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Annapolis, New York City and others. In addition to these activities, students have full access to the University’s facilities including the Language Learning Center, the computer lab, the Library, and the fitness center.

If students need assistance adjusting to life in the U.S., the ELI staff is here to help. Our supportive environment makes each student’s stay a memorable learning experience.

I will never forget the special atmosphere, the close friendships, and the feeling of belonging." -Isabelle Pince, Belgium

Resources and Materials

ELI students may use all of the resources of Notre Dame of Maryland University, both academic and recreational. Just click on the links below to learn more about the following:

TOEFL

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is administered by Educational Testing Services and is an internationally recognized assessment of English accepted by most colleges and universities.

A TOEFL Preparation course is available for higher level students. A placement test is required to enter this course and students must be at an advanced level.

The English Language Institute also administers an Institutional TOEFL test every session for a fee of $50. This is a paper-based version of the TOEFL test and does not include an essay or speaking section. For the current test schedule and registration form, please contact the ELI office at eli@ndm.edu. For an explanation of the Institutional TOEFL and the Computer-Based TOEFL (CBT), check www.ets.org.