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Intensive English Program
The ELI offers English classes that are designed according to the latest research in teaching English as a second language. You will have the opportunity to
The ELI of the University of Florida is, so far as we know, the only English Language Institute to offer Language Assistants as part of its Listening/Speaking course. Language Assistants are university-age fluent English speakers. Two Language Assistants are assigned to each Listening/Speaking class. They work with the Listening/Speaking teacher for each level to provide four hours a week of Speaking to practice the language learned in the class. They practice informal, conversational English and teach students about US culture. They take advantage of Florida's climate and meet in an atmosphere conducive to informal language practice. The Listening/Speaking teachers and Language Assistants plan different activities, language games, and discussions based on the needs and interests of the class.
In addition to aiding the Listening/Speaking teachers, every weekend the Language Assistants lead trips outside of Gainesville as part of the ELI's Cultural Immersion Program. For these Weekend Activities, the Language Assistants act as sort of tour guides as the students explore beyond the ELI. The Language Assistants also lead Weekly Activities after classes to provide students with even more English practice. Finally, the Language Assistants also help students become involved in the Gainesville community through the Volunteer Program. The students come to rely on the Language Assistants as friends they can turn to while adapting to a new culture. They provide a myriad of opportunities for daily authentic language and culture experience.
Since 1955, when the ELI opened its doors, the ELI has had a firm commitment to excellence. The ELI is a founding member of the UCIEP Consortium, a national body that regulates standards for academic quality in the best programs in the United States. The ELI is also a founding member of the Florida Consortium of English Programs, and is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Classes are designed according to the latest research in teaching English as a second language.
ELI students come from approximately 30 different countries. The countries most heavily represented are: Brazil, China, Colombia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, and Venezuela. This mix of nationalities makes for increased opportunity to use English in all activities. Most of the students in the ELI are studying English in order to enter a college or university in the United States. Many ELI students are temporarily away from their jobs, studying English to improve their job performance.
Students who want to study in the ELI must
The primary mission of the intensive English program of the English Language Institute is to prepare international students for study at the graduate or undergraduate level in institutions of higher learning in the USA. Students are taught to:
The ELI also provides intensive language instruction to persons already trained in their professions and others who wish to improve their level of English proficiency and cultural awareness.
The English Language Institute wishes you to know that
For these reasons, it is the policy of the English Language Institute that English be used in all communications among students as well as students and employees, and we assume that, by applying for admission, you accept our rule on the use of English.