Information about the Academic English program:

Academic English is the main program offered at the ELI and it runs all year long, with four start dates. Students who are conditionally admitted to a degree program at Syracuse University enroll in Academic English.

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Students who want to succeed in an academic program in the United States benefit greatly from Academic English courses at the ELI. The ELI offers three courses: Textual Communication, Oral Communication, and Accuracy. Courses are offered in various proficiency levels, from beginning through advanced. Course components include reading comprehension, academic writing, grammar, listening comprehension, oral production, and vocabulary development. Students spend 20-25 hours per week in small classes with personalized attention from instructors and many opportunities for practice. In the fall and spring semesters, Academic English courses are supplemented with conversation and mentor groups for students to gain additional English practice. Descriptions of each course are below.

Academic English Courses

Oral Communication

This course allows students to practice academic listening and speaking skills with a focus on listening to academic lectures and preparing academic presentations. . An important aspect of this course is practicing skills and strategies to train students to compete successfully in a North American university by participating actively in class discussions and in group work and correctly interpreting academic content.

Textual Communication

This course places equal emphasis on academic reading and writing skills. The reading component focuses on reading to analyze texts, take notes, and then interpret, summarize, and paraphrase in order to and use the information to discuss those ideas in an academic forum. The writing component focuses on writing clear paragraphs and essays including information from primary and secondary sources (such as journals, books, and newspapers). These academic paragraphs and essays will use and combine a variety of rhetorical forms suitable to particular topics, audiences, and purposes.

Accuracy

This course will engage students in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to allow practical, realistic opportunities to improve their grammatical accuracy, usage, editing skills, paraphrasing skills, and pronunciation. The expectation is that students will push themselves to take risks and to use the new grammar and structures that they are learning, not only in this class, but also in their Textual and Oral Communication classes.

Partner University Conditional Admission Agreements

Students who enroll at the ELI can receive conditional admission to the following universities:

Once students successfully complete Level 3, and meet all other conditions in the conditional admission offer letter, students will be able to begin his/her degree program at the partner university of their choice.

Academic English Proficiency Levels

Students attend class Monday through Friday. A typical day at the ELI looks like this:

Class Schedule
8:30 am – 10:00 am EST/EDT Textual Communication
10:00 am – 10:15 am EST/EDT Break
10:15 am- 11:45 am EST/EDT Oral Communication
11:45 am – 1:00 pm EST/EDT Break
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST/EDT Accuracy (No class on Fridays)

*EST/EDT= Eastern Standard/Daylight Time

Spring 2023 Schedule

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, January 12 and Friday, January 13
First Day of Classes: Tuesday, January 17
Spring Break: Monday, March 13 to Sunday, March 20
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, May 4
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, May 5

Spring 2023 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $8,220
Student Activity Fee $70
Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Health and Wellness Fee $411

 

 

Summer 2023 Schedule

Summer Session I 2023

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, May 18 and Friday, May 29
First Day of Classes: Monday, May 22
No Classes-

Memorial Day:

Juneteenth:

 

Monday, May 29

Monday, June 19

Last Day of Classes:  Friday, June 30

 

Summer Session II 2023

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30
First Day of Classes: Monday, July 3
Last Day of Classes:   Friday, August 11

Summer 2023 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.)

One Summer Session

Both Summer Sessions

 

 

$4,255*

$8,510*

*tuition is estimated

Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800

 

 

 

Fall 2023 Schedule

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25
First Day of Classes: Monday, August 28
No Classes- Labor Day: Monday, September 4
Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 20- Sunday, November 26
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, December 14
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, December 15

Fall 2023 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $8,510 (Tuition is estimated)
Student Activity Fee $70
Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Health and Wellness Fee $411