Students who want to succeed in an academic program in the United States benefit greatly from Academic English courses at the ELI. 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. The ELI offers three courses: Textual Communication, Oral Communication, and Accuracy. Description for these courses are below:

Summer 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.


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.

Full-time students spend 20-25 hours per week in small classes with personalized attention from instructors and many opportunities for practice. Students who prefer a more flexible schedule, are free to select individual classes and study as little as 8 hours per week.

Please note: Method of delivery may be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated government regulations.  The ELI will offer online classes in the event that public health recommendations make it impossible to offer in-person classes.

If you have questions, please see the course dates and fees listed below or email us.  Otherwise, please apply now!

Class Schedule

8:00 am – 9:30 am EST Textual Communication
9:30 am – 9:45 am EST Break
9:45 am- 11:15 am EST Oral Communication
11:15 am – 11:30 am EST Break
11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST Accuracy (Monday- Thursday)

*EST= Eastern Standard Time

Course Dates & Fees

Online Summer Session I 2021

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: To be completed before the first day of class
First Day of  Classes: Monday, May 17
Last Day of Classes: Friday, June 25

Online Summer Session II 2021

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: To be completed before the first day of class
Independence Day- No Classes: Monday, July 5
First Day of Classes: Tuesday, July 6
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, August 12
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, August 13

Summer 2021 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition per summer session (Due before the first day of class.) $3,975
Incidentals (books, etc.) $800