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

Summer 2020 June 05  - August 7


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 level must be repeated the following session.

ELT 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. 
  • Writing: Students work on literacy skills to increase fluency while writing texts. 
  • 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.  
  • 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.  
  • Pronunciation: Interactive language lab where students improve their skills and performance in pronunciation of the English language.  

Class Sizes

Enrollment is limited to 2 Cohorts.  Will be 10 to 20 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:


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


  • 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


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 international students. International students are automatically enrolled, and the premium will be added to their tuition bill.

Contact Us

English Language Training

Justin Ball  Justin R. Ball
Director of International Programs

Farrington 116
Nikki Dziuk

Nikki Dziuk

Administrative Assistant

Farrington 116

Email:               Phone: (936) 294-4737