English Language Institute
English Language Institute
La Salle University’s English Language Institute (ELI) was established to provide the highest quality English as a foreign Language (EFL) instruction for international students and business professionals. Courses focus on all aspects of EFL learning proficiency—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—to meet learning goals. The ELI recognizes that learning English requires more than just studying in the classroom. ELI students are encouraged to interact with other students and share experiences as a valuable part of their education and for learning English. As the ELI is a part of and located on the campus of La Salle University, EFL students are encouraged to participate in campus activities as well as events organized by the ELI.
English Language Institute—Course Descriptions
This level develops the English language skills necessary for speaking, listening, and reading for beginner level students interested in formal study at La Salle University. The objectives of the course of study include academic vocabulary development, improvement of listening skills in academic settings, note-taking skills, grammar, and reading comprehension. The skills of listening, writing, speaking, and reading are monitored by specific learning outcomes consistent with beginner student needs. For communication fluency, students will be taught accent reduction exercises. Successful completion of this one-semester course (14 weeks) satisfies requirements for entry to ELI 010.
This level further develops listening, speaking, and reading skills from ELI 005, while adding an academic writing and research skills component that teaches students the style of writing required at the university level. The learning objectives build on the basic skills needed for writing, listening, speaking, and reading comprehension. Another core component of this level is the skills needed for vocabulary development, improvement in writing, reading comprehension analysis, and preliminary development of academic essay and research paper writing skills. Students will be expected to read and present material both verbally and through short essay writing. 14 weeks is required to complete ELI 010. Successful completion of this course satisfies requirements for entry to ELI 015.
This intermediate level develops academic listening and speaking skills and reading/writing scenarios from ELI 010. Learner outcomes for listening/speaking include academic listening skill improvement, development of effective note-taking skills, and improved discussion and presentation skills. Students at this level are expected to work effectively in groups and comprehend intermediate level lectures. Learner outcomes for the reading/writing component include further reading comprehension, writing proficiency, academic specific vocabulary, and research skills. Activities for this level include formal classroom presentations, reading/listening specific to academic content, and research reports. 14 weeks is required to complete ELI 015. Successful completion of this level satisfies requirements for entry to ELI 020.
This level further develops high-level intermediate academic listening, reading, and writing scenarios for students planning to matriculate into an undergraduate program. This course is designed around special topics to better prepare students for the challenges faced in the undergraduate university classroom, with special attention given to presentation skills, writing academic papers, and lecture comprehension. Learner outcomes include academic vocabulary development, research writing, listening skills improvement, further development of effective note-taking skills, presentation skills, and issues of enculturation. Activities for this level include formal classroom presentations, discussions specific to academic content, test-taking, academic lectures, and research reports. The learning objectives build on the skills learned in ELI 015, and successful completion of this course satisfies requirements for formal undergraduate matriculation to the University. 14 weeks is required to complete ELI 020.
This advanced level ELI course further develops the academic listening, reading, speaking, and writing scenarios for upper level ESL students. The course is designed to immerse students in the language and activities of graduate level classes to better prepare them for matriculation into graduate programs at La Salle. This course prepares students for university study through replicating the texts and tasks encountered in academic contexts. Learner outcomes include mastery of critical academic skills in vocabulary development, research writing, listening skills improvement, reading comprehension, and writing essays. Activities for this level include formal classroom presentations, discussions specific to academic listening and reading content, test-taking, academic lectures, and research reports. The learning objectives build on the skills learned in ELI 020. 14 weeks is required to complete ELI 025
ELI 030 was designed to teach critical thinking skills and academic writing and presentations for undergraduate (sophomore and above transfers) and graduate students preparing for matriculation at La Salle. Activities at this level are similar to what students will face in La Salle's ENG 110 writing program as the same text and similar syllabus is used. In addition, students will be required to demostrate they have developed the critical thinking skills for presentations, classroom discussions, and academic writing. This 14 week course requires more independent study and one on one meetings with ELI faculty. Students who successfully complete ELI 030 are prepared for undergraduate and graduate study at La Salle.