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Courses in LSA English Language Institute

The English Language Institute offers instruction in academic English to international students enrolled in the University. The main purpose of this instruction is to help non-native speakers to become effective and fully participating members of the academic community. For this reason, the majority of the ELI courses are primarily concerned with English for Academic Purposes. Most of these courses address specific areas such as pronunciation, lecture comprehension, or academic grammar and usually involve no more than 20 contact hours per term. In major areas such as speaking and writing, a sequence of courses of increasing difficulty and specialization is available.

A maximum of four ELI credits may be counted toward a degree.

English Language Institute (ELI)
ELI 321. Writing for Academic Purposes II
Consent of instructor required. Placement based upon performance in ELI 320 or the Academic English Evaluation (AEE). (1). May not be repeated for credit. A maximum of four ELI credits may be counted toward a degree.

ELI 351 / LING 351 / PSYCH 344. Second Language Acquisition
LING 111 or 210. (3). (BS). May not be repeated for credit.

This is an introductory course in Second Language Acquisition (SLA). How adults learn, or fail to learn, a second language is a fascinating question. It involves much of what we know about human cognition, psychology, and language. How best to help learners acquire a second language is an equally important educational issue. In addition to all of the factors which play a role in child language acquisition, SLA also involves effects of variation in second language educational, social and usage environments, ages of acquisition, levels of learner cognitive and brain development, motivation, and language transfer.

ELI 390 / EDUC 390 / LING 390 / RCSSCI 390. Community-Engaged Learning in ESL Teaching Contexts
(3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit.

This course focuses on communicative language teaching and learning in community contexts. It prepares participants to teach ESL in local communities and provides them with hands-on teaching practice experiences in local service organizations. Participants explore the overall theme of "Language and Community" as they learn ESL teaching methods & techniques.

ELI 391. English as a Second Language Topics
(3; 3 - 4 in the half-term). May be elected twice for credit. A maximum of four ELI credits may be counted toward a degree.

Special courses arranged for undergraduates (native or non-native speakers) preparing to teach English as a second language in other countries. Courses will focus especially on cultural and educational aspects of teaching ESL that may be problematic for the international community. Variable format.

ELI 395 / AMCULT 361 / EDUC 395 / LATINOAM 361 / LING 391 / RCSSCI 395. Principles and Practices of Teaching ESL in Migrant Communities
(3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit.

In this service-learning course students explore the language, educational, health, and legal issues facing migrant farmworkers in southeast Michigan. As students come to understand the needs of these communities, they learn and practice methods and techniques for teaching ESL to this mixed-proficiency, primarily Spanish-speaking population.

ELI 396 / AMCULT 362 / EDUC 396 / LATINOAM 362 / LING 396 / RCSSCI 396. Migrant Community Outreach and ESL Teaching Practicum
ELI 395; completed with a minimum grade of C or better. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (2 - 3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be elected three times for credit.

In this Summer half-term course students practice teaching English to migrant farm workers in southeast Michigan. Students also help provide outreach services to camp residents such as pesticide training, interpreting, and translating. Central to the course is extensive reflection on the teaching experience, both in discussions and written assignments.

ELI 399. Individual Research and Study
Permission of Instructor. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. A maximum of four ELI credits may be counted toward a degree.

Students will pursue individual research on a wide variety of topics related to second language acquisition, teaching or learning. Research projects would be completed done under the supervision of ELI faculty, who should be consulted as to possible topics or ongoing projects in which students could participate.

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