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English Language Institute
How the ELI Started
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 started a tutorial class as a pilot program. Mr. Wayne Smith had an office near ICD.
For the first semester, the first two students were Miguel Giacoman from Honduras and Ali Abdul-Jabbar from Qatar. For the second semester, David Hsu from Taiwan also joined the pilot program as a student.
During the May 1994 commencement, Ms. Satu Kujala, a valedictorian and an ELI alumnus from Finland, addressed the audience including the US President Bill Clinton. Ms. Larisa Aranbayeva, an ELI alumnus, was the graduate student speaker at the May 2006 Gallaudet University commencement. Ms. Haydee...
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