IMPORTANT: ADMISSION TO THE ELI DOES NOT CONSTITUTE ADMISSION TO SHSU. PLEASE READ STUDENT HANDBOOK FOR FULL INFORMATION ON THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE.
Summer 2014: June 2 - August 13
Fall I 2014: August 25 - October 17
Fall II 2014: October 20 - December 12
Spring I 2015: January 12- March 6
Spring II 2015: March 16 - May 08
Summer 2015: June 1 - August 7
Upon arrival, each student is placed into one of six levels based on the results of the ACCUPLACER ESL exam administered by the SHSU Testing Center.
Level 1 - Upper Beginning (limited English, functional ability to communicate)
Level 2 - Intermediate (can communicate informally, limited English in academic settings)
Level 3 - Upper Intermediate (high fluency in informal settings, approaching academic fluency)
Level 4 - Advanced (fully fluent in informal settings, approaching mastery of academic English)Level 5 - University Transition Level (Upper Advanced) (nearing mastery of academic English, almsot ready for university)
Students are expected to complete one level per session, but may repeat or skip levels in some cases. If a student fails to achieve the learning objectives for a level, the course must be repeated the following session.
Note: Students may not register for classes after the 5th class day.
ELI students must maintain 20 classroom contact hours of core curriculum classes per week in their level. Core classes are:
ElectivesElectives are optional, and students may enroll in none, one, or two electives, based on their preferences. All electives are graded on a pass or fail basis, and attendance is required if you are enrolled in the course. Availability is subject to enrollment.
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:
To evaluate the effectiveness of the staff, textbooks and overall program, the ELI uses:
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, visit http://www.ets.org/toefl.
ELI students may qualify to waive the TOEFL requirement for admission to SHSU Undergraduate Admissions. See the following policy for more information: TOEFL Waiver.
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/.
Our professional staff in the Office of International Programs provides free advising and assistance with immigration issues for all ELI students.
Health insurance is required for all ELI students. For more information, refer to the Health Center's website: Student Health Center Insurance Policy
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