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We are all challenged by the health emergency that has disrupted the lives of students, faculty and staff at our school, at Syracuse University, and across the world.

We at the English Language Institute will do everything possible to continue to offer a world class educational experience, during and after the upcoming online semesters. We are challenged, but we have outstanding students, instructors, and staff, and we will persevere. When the immediate health emergency passes—and it will—we will continue to build the great community and school.

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.

Find out more about conditional admission at Syracuse

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- Fall 2021
8:00 am – 9:30 am EST/EDT Textual Communication
9:30 am – 9:45 am EST/EDT Break
9:45 am- 11:15 am EST/EDT Oral Communication
11:15 am – 11:30 am EST/EDT Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST/EDT Accuracy (No class on Fridays)

Synchronous: Mondays and Wednesdays

Asynchronous: Tuesdays and Thursdays

*EST/EDT= Eastern Standard/Daylight Time

 

Fall 2021 Schedule

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: Thursday, August 26 and Friday, August 27
First Day of Classes: Monday, August 30
No Classes- Labor Day: Monday, September 6
Thanksgiving Break: Monday, November 22- Sunday, November 28
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, December 16
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, December 17

Fall 2021 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $7,950
Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Student Communication Fee (for students living on campus) $220

 

Spring 2022 Schedule

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: Thursday, January 13 and Friday, January 14
First Day of Classes: Tuesday, January 18
Spring Break: Monday, March 13 to Sunday, March 20
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, May 5
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, May 6

Spring 2022 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $7,950
Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Student Communication Fee (for students living on campus) $220

 

Summer 2022 Schedule

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13
First Day of Classes: Monday, May 16
No Classes- Memorial Day: Monday, May 31
Week Break: Monday, May 27 to Tuesday, July 5
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, August 12

 

Summer 2022 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $8,190
Estimated Living Expenses $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Student Communication Fee (for students living on campus) $220