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April 2009

Release Date: April 6, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Opens New English Language Institute

Angelo State University has opened a new English Language Learners Institute (ELLI) and will begin classes this summer to benefit international students and members of the public wanting to improve their English language skills.

Overseen by the ASU Center for International Studies, the ELLI is a non-credit program to assist non-native English speakers who want to hone their command of English for academic and professional purposes. The majority of the classes are designed for those who have an interest in studying at U.S. colleges and universities. However, people who would like a short-term American study experience to improve their English are also encouraged to attend the institute.

The ELLI offers two key course strands. The Foundation Skills course targets low intermediate level students and the English for Academic Purposes course is for high intermediate to advanced students. Custom programs for institutions or groups of students in the U.S. and overseas are also available. Two student groups from Acu�a, Mexico, are slated to attend this summer.

Starting June 1, the ELLI will conduct two eight-week summer courses, General English and Communicative Skills for low intermediate level students and University Preparation for high intermediate to advanced students. The 14-week Foundation Skills and English for Academic Purposes courses will begin in the fall 2009 semester.

All of the classes will be taught by instructors who hold at least a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and have experience teaching English to international students at the university level.

Cost for each eight-week summer course is $2,100 and cost for each 14-week class is $3,295. Placement testing, textbooks and access to computer labs, Internet and e-mail are included in the course fees.

Upon completion of the English for Academic Purposes course at the highest level, students may be eligible for admission to ASU without having to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. A passing TOEFL or IELTS grade is normally required for non-native English speakers to enroll at a U.S. college or university.

The ELLI program coordinator is Carole Simpson, who joined the ASU staff after 25 years of training teachers and designing English programs in a variety of countries, including United Arab Emirates, the former Yugoslavia, Brunei, China, Malaysia, Morocco and England.

A native of Glasgow, Scotland, Simpson holds an English degree from the University of Stirling, a master’s degree in linguistics for TESOL from the University of Newcastle and a teaching certificate from Moray House of the University of Edinburgh.

For more information on the ELLI, call the ASU Center for International Studies at 942-2083 or e-mail Simpson at carole.simpson@angelo.edu. The ELLI Application Form can be found on the ASU Web site at www.angelo.edu/dept/interedu/documents/esl/NeedsAnalysis4a.pdf.