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The English Language Institute curriculum features four categories of courses: Reading, Composition/Grammar, Listening/Speaking, and supplemental classes, which include courses such as TOEFL Preparation. Classes will generally meet from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. Your schedule may be different from others because each student is assigned classes based on placement test scores. As a full-time ELI student, you will receive over 150 hours of classroom instruction per session, regardless of session length. 

Reading: Levels One to Four
The Reading curriculum of the English Language Institute provides students with the basic strategies needed to understand texts in different subject areas. Each course emphasizes comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. At the same time, however, the student's need and desire to focus on reading itself and to pass the TOEFL is considered.

Composition/Grammar: Levels One to Four
The English Language Institute's Composition/Grammar courses provide students with both the strategies and the practice necessary for the development of academic writing skills in English. The courses focus on teaching students to write successfully in American university courses, in which advanced grammar skills and essay writing are required. Skillful instructors using varied and challenging tasks invite students to invest time and energy in constructing meaning in their written texts, revising those texts, and producing prose for academic audiences. Additionally, students will acquire new vocabulary and develop their ability to apply standard English grammar to their writing. Working with writing and grammar assignments, students will develop proficiency in understanding how to communicate in writing.

Listening/Speaking: Levels One to Four
This course gives students the opportunity to improve their English listening and speaking skills and allows students to gain confidence in their use of those skills. Students will learn and practice appropriate skills of conversation, receive instruction regarding problem areas in pronunciation, and learn appropriate vocabulary. These goals will be accomplished through the use of a variety of classroom activities that focus on standard situations students are likely to encounter as they adjust to everyday campus life in the United States. 
 
Supplemental Courses: Varied Levels 
Supplemental courses include: TOEFL Preparation, American Culture and College Preparation, and Introduction to Jacksonville State University. These courses assist students in adapting to academic study in the United States and in meeting admission requirements (TOEFL).
 

Sample Schedule

(Students will be assigned to the appropriate level in each class.)

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

9:00-10:00
TOEFL Prep
9:00-10:00
TOEFL Prep
9:00-10:00
American Culture
9:00-10:00
TOEFL Prep
9:00-10:00
American Culture

10:15-12:00
Composition/Grammar
10:15-12:00
Composition/Grammar
10:15-12:00
Composition/Grammar
10:15-12:00
Composition/Grammar
10:15-12:00
Composition/Grammar

12:00-1:00
Lunch
12:00-1:00
Lunch
12:00-1:00
Lunch
12:00-1:00
Lunch
12:00-1:00
Introduction to JSU

1:00-2:15
Reading
1:00-2:15
Reading
1:00-2:15
Reading
1:00-2:15
Reading

2:30-3:30
Listening/Speaking
2:30-3:30
Listening/Speaking
2:30-3:30
Listening/Speaking

2:30-3:30
Listening/Speaking


JSU offers both unconditional and conditional admission to international students who wish to pursue an undergraduate degree and unconditional admission to students who wish to pursue graduate degrees. To be admitted to JSU, international students must meet appropriate admission requirements for the degree program chosen. The ELI staff assists its students with applications to JSU and with the transition from ELI to university study.
 
Unconditional Admission to JSU Following Study at the ELI

Most of our ELI students plan to enroll at JSU for undergraduate or graduate study. Study at the ELI focuses on improving English skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) that lead to success in American university study. The ELI also prepares students to achieve TOEFL and IELTS test scores needed for JSU admission. The ELI also offers a TOEFL test 6 times each year, and ELI staff members assist students with the admission process and the transition from the ELI to JSU. Additional information on criteria for unconditional admission to JSU is available online; please visit http://www.jsu.edu/admissions/index.html for undergraduate admissions and http://www.jsu.edu/graduate/index.html for graduate admissions.

Conditional Admission to JSU via the ELI

Students who do not have the minimum English proficiency test score required for admission to Jacksonville State University may be conditionally admitted to the University by attending the English Language Institute and successfully completing the ELI program. After successful ELI completion, students may enroll in degree-earning classes at JSU.

For more information, please contact Cindy Jeffers at cjeffers@jsu.edu or eli@jsu.edu.