The Salisbury University English Language Institute (ELI) was created in 2010 as a major strategic initiative to stem the steady decline in the percentage of non-immigrant international students in the SU student population over the previous decade.
Founding Director, Dr. Hongzhuan “Sam” Song, a native of Anhui province, China and an internationally recognized leader in Chinese-American cross-cultural education, began the program in the fall of 2010 with eight students from three countries.
Over the first five years, the program grew rapidly. Today more than 250 international students study each year in a variety of ELI programs from one semester and one year visiting student programs, to college preparatory entrance programs, to summer intensive programs. Students come from all over the world and study English at a variety of levels from introductory to advanced. And the program continues to grow!
A full-time teaching staff of six Senior Lecturers, all with Masters or Doctoral degrees in TESOL, English, Composition, Communications, Linguistics, and related fields form the nucleus of the instructional faculty. All part-time instructors, likewise, hold at least a Masters degree.
The English Language Institute has become a key strategic driver in the internationalization of Salisbury University and impacts virtually all academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level throughout the university.
The mission for our ELI here at Salisbury University is to provide high quality English language acquisition courses and a smooth transition to U.S. culture for international students, professionals and other non-native speakers by means of an intensive English program. It also facilitates participants' successful cultural adjustment to the classroom, as well as to the general environment of an American college. Salisbury University has a strong institutional commitment to inclusiveness, excellence, and diversity that is manifested in the English Language Institute.
To accompish our mission, the English Language Institute upholds the following objectives:
At SUELI, we are committed to helping our students maximize the benefit from their learning experience at ELI. Our ultimate goal is to make sure every one of the students who come to our programs will be able to have a “soft landing” at their prospective major areas of study while learning English language. To that end, our curriculum is designed to offer training programs consisting of three components: language acquisition, culturalization, and academic adaptation. Specifically, through the SUELI programs, you will have the opportunity to
Students who want to study in the ELI must
At SUELI, we expect everyone in class to use English in all communication among students as well as between students and employees. While we respect your own native languages and cultures, we do strongly uphold the above mentioned policy of the English Language Institute and we assume that, by applying for admission, you accept our rule on the use of English.
ASPIRE: Academic Study Preparation through Intensive Readiness English is designed to help non-native speaking students get ready for their prospective degree seeking programs at American universities. Students will be placed at an appropriate level according to their English proficiency determined by an integrated assessment, including the Institute placement test. All students have to successfully complete all courses (6/semester) in order to move up to the next level or to graduate from the ELI program.
SAYA: Study A Year in America is designed for students from SU overseas partnering institutions to get a year of studying abroad experience on Salisbury University campus. This one-year program consists of instruction in English language and American culture in the SU English Language Institute, which includes the core courses and electives provided by ELI teaching faculty. If the participating students are placed at a higher level of language proficiency, they are allowed to take the bridge program in which they can simultaneously take ELI courses and credit bearing academic courses. After successfully completing the program, the participating students will be awarded a SU-ELI certificate of completion of SAYA and credits from their home institution.
LEAP: Language Experience in America Program is designed for students from SU overseas partnering institutions to get a semester long language, cultural, and academic experience at Salisbury University. This semester long program consists of instruction in English language and American culture in the SU English Language Institute, which includes the core courses and electives. Though a focus is on English Language Acquisition (ELA) experiences, participating students can choose elective course taught by ELI teaching faculty along with professors from academic departments or professionals who are specially trained in the field. After successfully completing the program, the participating students will be awarded a SU-ELI certificate of completion of LEAP and credits from their home institution.
ISAP: Intensive Study Abroad Program is designed to provide a four week long rich language and cultural learning experience for students from SU partnering institutions. This program integrates linguistic, cultural, and academic experiences which will offer not only an in-class instruction but also many first-hand experiences in various settings, both academic and social. In addition to the formal classroom instruction, the students will have opportunities to see and experience the American life. As an integral part of the program, the students will also spend weekends for cultural excursions through visiting some of the east-coast cities and resorts, such as Ocean City, Washington DC, and/or Philadelphia. After successfully completing all required courses and activities, the participants will receive a certificate from SU-ELI and credits from their home institution.