The English Language Institute (ELI) at Millersville University provides six levels of intensive English instruction designed to meet the academic needs of international students attending Millersville. Full-time ELI students receive a minimum of 18 hours of English instruction and 4 hours of supervised language lab work per week, depending on the program. Classes are taught by dedicated, experienced instructors trained in English as a Second Language instruction and holding a master’s degree or higher. In addition to language and academic instruction, the ELI offers students several cultural events, outside of class activities and trips to local and regional attractions, such as nearby locations like Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Baltimore and historic Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
The 14- and 10-week intensive English courses offered at the ELI are non-credit classes, but act as a bridge enabling students to meet admissions requirements for enrollment into the many programs offered at Millersville University – both at the undergraduate and graduate level. This offers a tremendous advantage to students to begin their time of study in the U.S. and step into their academic program, especially if achieving a high enough TOEFL or IELTS score had been a challenge. While attending the ELI, students may earn up to 15 credits toward their academic major through concurrent enrollment during levels 4, 5 and 6. Successful completion of ELI levels 4, 5 and 6, will allow students to step into their academic major full-time and equip them to be successful throughout their academic career at Millersville University and beyond.
If a long-term English program does not fit the needs or schedule of students, the ELI also offers a variety of short-term programs ranging from 2- 8 weeks. Topics include:
Intensive Academic English English for Specific Purposes (such as business, health sciences, STEM, etc.) School Administrator Program Teacher Training Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc.) American Culture College Immersion (for high school students)
This program is designed for students who would like to participate in our rigorous, academic English program, but are not able to attend for a full 14- or 10-week session. This program is focused on improving listening, reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation and grammar. This program runs during the summer and is 20 hours per week. It can range from 2-4 weeks. Participants are expected to have at minimum of intermediate English language skills.
This 3-week college immersion program is designed for international high school students who are non-native speakers. The program is designed to prepare students for applying to an American university. Students will meet with admissions counselors and learn about the college application process. Participants will have approximately four college campus visits, while also getting the opportunity to explore Lancaster and area attractions. Students must be 15 years old or higher.
This 4-week program will enhance cross-cultural communication skills of participants. They will have the opportunity to gain specialized vocabulary in business, health sciences, STEM professions, and other fields. Participants will have the opportunity to visit and observe community partners and businesses. This program can be customized based on participant needs.
This professional development program is meant for K-12 and university-level school administrators, as well as independent consultants. Participants will gain insight into U.S. college administration, including student and academic affairs, and other daily operations and challenges of a school campus. This program can be customized based on participant needs.
In this unique program, teachers will get the opportunity to improve English language skills by participating in language teaching seminars focusing on second language acquisition theories. They will observe TESOL-trained instructors and gain new strategies necessary to teach English in a non-native context.
In this program, test-takers may improve their score on English language and other exams, such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, or GMAT, by learning test-taking strategies and techniques. The strategies presented are designed to assist students in completing the exam in a timely fashion and achieving better results.
The ELI offers customized, short-term English programs for groups of 6 or more participants. Cost for programs vary based on customizations and number of participants. Program fees include airport transportation to and from our campus, comprehensive orientation and reception, lodging and meals, 15 hours of instruction per week, required study materials, some cultural excursions and a farewell reception.
The primary goal of Millersville University’s ELI program is to equip non-native speakers of English to succeed in university-level classes. Students receive 18 hours of language instruction and 4 hours of lab work per week. Classes are interactive, which means students are graded on in-class participation, homework, presentations, tests, quizzes and written reports.
There are many residence halls on campus. International students living in a residence hall have a unique opportunity to meet American students and other students from all over the world all in one building.
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