Learning at ELI

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

Program Details

In eight-week sessions, students from “high beginner” to “advanced” study writing, grammar, reading, listening and speaking, pronunciation and vocabulary.

The average class size is 10-12 students and English is used in the classroom at all times.

Placement Levels

Students are placed in the appropriate level based on placement test scores obtained at the beginning of the session.

Study Options

Full-time students at ELI are in class 20–25 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.

Weekly Schedule

Day/Time Course Name
Monday
9:00 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
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Vocabulary
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pronunciation
Wednesday
9:00 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
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Vocabulary
10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Pronunciation
Friday
9:00 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

Course Descriptions

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.

Resources & Materials

ELI students may use all of the resources of Notre Dame of Maryland University, both academic and recreational.

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.

The English Language Institute also administers an Institutional TOEFL test every session for a fee of $75. This is a paper-based version of the TOEFL test and does not include an essay or speaking section. The next test dates are October 14, 2017 and December 9, 2017. 

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.

Life 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.

International Community

The ELI is a unique community of students from 20-25 different countries speaking different languages that come together to live and learn. No matter what you do after ELI, you will have lifelong friends from around the world.

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

Field Trips & Social Events

We value learning inside and outside of the classroom. The ELI sponsors field trips, events, and outings to help students learn about American life and culture.

Activity Examples

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.

Support

The ELI staff is here to help with adjusting to life in the U.S. 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