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English Language Institute
The English Language Institute (ELI), a unit under the School of Language, Education, and Culture, provides an English as a Second Language program for American and international deaf and hard of hearing students. Bilingual instruction in both American Sign Language and written English provides a multicultural environment for ELI students to achieve academic, professional, and personal language goals.
If you’re interested in applying to the ELI, please use the ELI inquiry form.
The ELI provides full-time instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), American Sign Language (ASL), and cross-cultural studies to international and American deaf and hard of hearing adults.
Intensive study, throughout the academic year (late August to mid-May), helps students become proficient in English in order to qualify for admission to Gallaudet or another university in the United States.
Learning English at the ELI is intensive, interactive, and integrated in a rich cultural context. Full time students spend over 18 hours each week in classes, excluding optional classes and tutoring. Students are expected to be responsible for, and actively involved in, their learning. Subjects are taught in a global and coordinated fashion, with an emphasis on visual approaches to learning.
During the ESO, newly-admitted students attend workshops, open a bank account, get a mailbox, and participate in other activities to become familiar with other students, the ELI, Gallaudet, and the Washington DC area.
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The ELI Student Orientation (ESO) ensures a smooth transition to student life for new ELI students, so they are prepared for their studies when the semester begins. During ESO, new ELI students will attend required policy workshops, take placement test(s), open a bank account, get...
ELI students belong to the English Language Institute Students Organization (ELISO), which assists them in developing leadership skills. There is a minimal membership fee collection for each semester to support the organization’s various extra-curricular activities. Please bring a form of dress from your own country...
If you have any questions about the ELI application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that admission to the ELI does not constitute admission to the undergraduate or graduate programs at Gallaudet University. Scores on the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or any other standardized examination are NOT...
First Step - Academic Qualifications The first step of the ELI application process is to provide your academic qualifications, such as your transcripts, and supporting documents. You will need to complete and submit the application form with the required documents. You will also need to...
All students at the English Language Institute are required to submit an advance payment or an official letter of financial support for each semester by the respective deadline (see below). The advance payment or official letter of financial support will clear the financial hold on...
In the fall semester of 1986, the English Language Institute was informally established by the then International Center on Deafness (ICD), which was located in HMB 117. Mr. Eli Savanick, the Director of ICD, hired a teacher, Mr. Wayne Smith, and along with an assistant...
In 1989 for Deaf Way I, the ELI staff presented a poster presentation paper "English and the Deaf Way: The English Language Institute for Deaf Students" on the purpose and function of the ELI program in the international deaf community. This paper was co-authored by...
View the SLOs for Levels IV to VI below. LEVEL IV Reading: Read English at the low intermediate level as adapted from the ACTFL / CEFR proficiency guidelines. Vocabulary: Acquire vocabulary knowledge consisting of at least 2320 words. Writing: Write English at the low intermediate...
ELI has a set of exams that are used for determining student placement, progress, and achievement. The screening tests are part of the ELI application process and are different from the placement tests that are taken during ELI Student Orientation (ESO). During ELI Student Orientation,...
ELI Student Handbook (intranet) Student Affairs and Academic Support Student FERPA Guide ELI Information Release Form (PDF) Office of the Registrar ELI Pre-registration Form (PDF) Tutor Referral Form - English Teachers (PDF) Tutor Referral Form - American Sign Language (ASL) or CCC Teachers (PDF) Tutor...
Gallaudet University is the first university in the world geared toward a deaf student body. The English Language Institute (ELI) here at Gallaudet University uses American Sign Language as the language of instruction. Deaf and hard of hearing people are welcome to apply to the...
The ELI program provides two semesters of instruction, an early summer six-week session, and, depending on student needs, possibly a late summer six-week session. The ELI program provides 18 to 25 hours of instruction per week during the semester. For the summer programs, the ELI...
Gallaudet University is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, place of business...
The English Language Institute at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period December 2019 through December 2029 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S....
Acceptance into the ELI program is an opportunity for you to improve your English skills, expand your academic knowledge, and have fun with new friends. The program is rigorous, and it is an exciting opportunity for those up to the challenge. Academic content is designed...
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