English Language Institute Program
The English Language Institute at Missouri State University is a progressive intensive English program which offers a state-of-the-art education to international students seeking to improve their academic language proficiency. Our curriculum is based on a communicative approach to language teaching / learning, and our courses are learner-centered rather than teacher-centered. As such, we view the instructor’s role as that of a guide, facilitator, coach, and mentor. In this capacity, instructors will allow students to shape the content and direction of courses as much as is feasible within the stated objectives / guidelines set for each class. In addition, instructors in our program will be aware of and take into consideration individual personality and learning style differences as well as other affective factors.
The ELI is composed of 10 levels of proficiency, with the 9th and 10th level being reserved for advanced level students who wish to pursue graduate-level degree programs. We provide five 8-week sessions each year with four during fall and spring and one during summer. At each level, students take ten hours of Writing / Grammar, and five hours of Reading. For levels 1 and 2, Speaking and Listening are combined and are 10 hours per week*. In levels 3, 4, and 5 speaking and listening are separate courses. Students take five hours of Listening, and five hours of Speaking per week*. In addition, supplemental pronunciation and spelling labs may be required at an additional cost.
The mission of the ELI is “Providing English language learners with skills for academic and career success”. Our curriculum has a strong foundation in developing academic skills. In every class, skills necessary to succeed at an American university are emphasized and practiced. Skills including researched writing, critical reading, presenting, and gleaning knowledge from academic lectures are integral to our program. Students have numerous opportunities to observe lectures given by Missouri State University faculty and interact with the campus community. We organize and conduct campus and library tours for new students and invite speakers representing Student Activities Council members and student services offices to make presentations to our students. The vast majority of our students intend to study at Missouri State University, and as such, we have tailored our program to meet their needs by offering quality educational experiences that reflect the demands of a university education, both undergraduate and graduate.
Benefits of the Program Structure:
The 10 levels ensure that students are placed in classes that meet their specific language needs and proficiency levels, and students have the opportunity to progress to the next level at the end of each 8-week term. This structure helps students to complete their English training in the shortest amount of time possible. Many students also appreciate the added convenience of having more options for arrival times throughout the year.
The ELI regularly offers a number of Special Programs, primarily in the summer, to provide an immersive language and culture experience to those with limited schedules or special interests. Click here for additional information.
Sample of a typical Weekly Schedule at the ELI
* Spelling Class: All students will be given a spelling proficiency test as part of the placement test. Students whose scores are lower than 75% will need to attend the spelling class. Although passing spelling classes is not a graduation requirement, it counts for 5% of the Writing Grammar overall score.
The schedules above are most typical, but the following alternate schedules may occur for these select classes depending on enrollment numbers: