Program Information

English Language Institute

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PROGRAM INFORMATION

IMPORTANT: ADMISSION TO THE ELI DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ADMISSION TO SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY. PLEASE READ THE ELI STUDENT HANDBOOK FOR FULL INFORMATION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE.



Academic Calendar

Includes Orientation Dates for New Students

Upcoming Sessions

Dates
Fall I 2016 August 22 - October 21, 2016
Fall II 2016 October 24 - December 21, 2016
Spring I 2017
January 9 - March 10, 2017
Spring II 2017
March 13 - May 12, 2017

Each student is placed into one of fours levels based on the results of the Placement Test given upon arrival at the English Language Institute.

Level 1 High Beginner
Level 2 Low Intermediate
Level 3 High Intermediate
Level 4 Advanced
Level 5 University Transitional Level

*Students are expected to complete one level (levels 2 thru 5) per 8 week session.  Level one students will be enrolled for a 16 week session.  If a student fails to achieve the learning objectives for a level, the level must be repeated the following session.

ELI CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Listening & Speaking: Students develop oral communication abilities with a variety of media and activities. (5 classroom hours weekly)
  • Reading: Students work on literacy skills to increase fluency while reading texts. (5 classroom hours weekly)
  • Writing: Students work on literacy skills to increase fluency while writing texts. (5 classroom hours weekly)
  • Integrated Communication Skills:  Using a Project based approach, students work on advanced level literacy skills to increase fluency and gain confidence they need to continue in undergraduate or graduate courses in the university.  Students study the structure of English grammar in context and apply it using integrated tasks.  (5 classroom hours weekly)
  • Conversation: Students improve conversational skills through authentic experience such as guest speakers and field trips while applying concepts learned in the core curriculum, including grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expression.  (2 classroom hours weekly)
  • Pronunciation: Interactive language lab where students improve their skills and performance in pronunciation of the English language.  (2 classroom hours weekly)

 


CLASS SIZES

Enrollment is limited to eighteen students per class. If fewer than five students register for a particular core level, the ELI may choose to cancel classes for that level.


ASSESSMENT & EVALUATION

To be successful, a language program must assess students’ achievement of learning objectives and evaluate staff, textbooks and services.  The ELI assesses students using:

  • Grades based on attendance, participation, coursework and testing
  • Student achievement of leveled learning outcomes


To evaluate the effectiveness of the staff, textbooks and overall program, the ELI uses:

  • Annual performance appraisals for staff based on evaluation by the supervisor
  • Classroom observations by supervisor and external curriculum consultants
  • Student evaluations of the program services, materials, activities and staff




TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Each semester, the Sam Houston State University Testing Center provides multiple chances to take the TOEFL iBT for use in university admissions .  For more information on the test or to register, please click the button below:

TOEFL



ELI students may qualify to waive the TOEFL requirement for admission to SHSU Undergraduate Admissions.  See the following policy for more information:




HOUSING

  • On-Campus Housing (optional): If you would like to stay in university housing (approximate cost: $15 per day), please contact the SHSU Residence Life Office or see this application guide to apply for on-campus housing.  You will need to be conditionally accepted to SHSU and have a SAMID in order to apply. 

  • Off-Campus Housing: Many local housing units are walking distance from campus and some provide shuttle service to and from campus.   Apartment Listings




ADVISING

Our professional staff in the Office of International Programs provides free advising and assistance with immigration issues for all ELI students.




INSURANCE

Health insurance is required for all international students. International students are automatically enrolled, and the premium will be added to their tuition bill.

Contact Us

English Language Institute

Barbara Eckenfels
Executive Director of International Programs

 eckenfels@shsu.edu

  936.294.4455

 

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Dana Van De Walker
Special Programs Coordinator for International Programs and Recruiter for English Language Institute

d.vandewalker@shsu.edu

  936.294.2746 FAR 116
Courtney Miller  Courtney Miller
Administrative Associate II of English Language Institute

 courtneymiller@shsu.edu

  936.294.4991  AB3 243

Linda Parks

ELI Training Specialist

lsp008@shsu.edu

936.294.1028

AB3

206

Charles Colson

ELI Training Specialist

charles.colson@shsu.edu 936.294.1028

AB3

206

Michael Glass 

ELI Training Specialist

mag122@SHSU.EDU  936.294.1028

AB3

206

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Elizabeth Johnson

ELI Training Specialist

erj003@SHSU.EDU 936.294.1028

AB3

206

Laura Hernandez

ELI Student Worker

lxh041@shsu.edu 936.294.4991

AB3

243

Email: ELI@shsu.edu               Phone: (936) 294-4991




Office of International Programs

Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340

Phone: 936-294-4737