The English Language Institute (ELI) was established in 1979 as an academic unit within the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Eastern Washington University (EWU). Since 1979, over 4,000 students from more than 50 countries have passed through the program which focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
Students work on improving their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills before entering their university studies in the United States. Those who successfully complete the ELI can enroll directly into EWU without a TOEFL or IELTS score.
The ELI is continually improving curriculum based on research and best practices. “We’ve added more classroom hours in writing, grammar, and vocabulary development in order to provide students with more time to master their English,” explained ELI Director, Neil Heyen. “And with the recent renovation of Patterson Hall, all ELI classrooms are equipped with state-of- the-art technology so our instructors can better integrate web-based components into their classroom teaching.”
Recently, curricular innovations have been made in the MBA Preparation Program and the Graduate Preparation Program. The Graduate Preparation Program is a pathway program, making it possible for international students to begin their graduate studies while completing their English language requirements. Since these prep programs were started, over 200 international students have gone on to obtain MBA or other master’s degrees at EWU.
Students can take advantage of the many support services available at the university such as the Writers’ Center, Learning Commons in the JFK Library, and e-tutoring. The Office of Global Initiatives (OGI) and the International Student Association (ISA), provide further support and coordinate activities for international students.
Student success is further enhanced by the smaller class sizes at EWU. Because the ELI is a smaller intensive English program, students enjoy a more personalized study experience which helps them excel both inside and outside the classroom.