Program Information

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
SemesterDates
Fall I 2014 August 25 - October 17
Fall II 2014 October 20 - December 19
Spring I 2015 January 12 - March 13
Spring II 2015 March 16 - May 15
Summer 2015 June 8 - July 31


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

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

*Students are expected to complete one level per 8 week session.  If a student fails to achieve the learning objectives for a level, the course must be repeated the following session.

ELI CLASSES INCLUDE:

  • Listening & Speaking: Students develop oral communication abilities with a variety of media and activities.
  • Reading: Students work on literacy skills to increase fluency while reading texts.
  • Grammar: Students study the structure of English and apply it using integrated tasks.
  • Writing: Students work on literacy skills to increase fluency while writing texts.
  • Conversation Practice: Students will improve conversational skills through authentic experience and practical application of concepts learned in the core curriculum, including grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expression.
  • Guided Research: Students work on advanced level literacy skills to increase fluency while reading texts and gain confidence they need to continue in undergraduate or graduate courses in the university.
  • Pronunciation: Students will improve their skills and performance in pronunciation the English language.


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

Students have several options for where to stay during their time in Huntsville.  Dorm housing is available but sometimes can be difficult to secure.  Surrounding the university are a number of apartment complexes, including some that offer free transportation to and from the campus.  Also, some students find local friends to stay with, which decreases expenses significantly.  If you need help finding a place to live, please contact our office or visit http://www.shsu.edu/~hou_www/.




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
Dr. Joseph Slick
Director of English Language Institute

josephslick@shsu.edu

  936.294.3446  F116 
Courtney Miller
Administrative Associate of English Language Institute
 courtneymiller@shsu.edu   936.294.4991 F116

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








Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-4737


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