ELI - English Language Institute

Proud member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs


    Welcome to NMU's ELI!

    Northern Michigan University’s English Language Institute (NMU's ELI) offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to international students who do not meet the minimum score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB in order to be accepted into degree programs at NMU.

    All of NMU's ELI courses help to prepare students to take the MELAB for matriculation into Northern Michigan University. The MELAB is the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery - MELAB. Once a student passes the MELAB exam, he/she is able to apply to Northern Michigan University for credit-bearing classes. Northern Michigan University administers the MELAB exam every month.

    Program Description

    Students can take one or more 7.5-week Blocks (one-half semester) through the ELI program, which consists of six levels of English proficiency. Placement is determined by the ACT Compass Test for ESL. No TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB test scores are needed to enter the ELI Program. Students may enter the ELI program at one of five times throughout the year.

    Classes meet Monday through Friday, providing students with a minimum of 21 contact hours per week with an ESL-certified instructor. Each class only has between 1-8 students, which allows instructors to give personalized attention to each student and be flexible with lessons based on each student's needs.

    ELI students enroll in three 90-minute classes daily, Monday - Thursday, in the Core Components:

    1. Reading & Writing
    2. Listening & Speaking
    3. Grammar & Language Applications

    Friday is reserved for Team Teaching, in which all students and instructors of the ELI Program meet for three hours of instruction with a cultural focus.



    Program Features

    NMU's ELI Program provides students with extra language practice and cultural immersion at no additional cost:

    • Accent Reduction/Speech Sessions-- students meet with trained tutors in NMU's Speech Pathology & Audiology Department for sessions to improve pronunciation.
    • Language Lab Tutor-- students may choose to schedule time with a TESOL student at NMU to work on desired areas of language acquisition.
    • Conversation Mentors-- students meet with a NMU student, faculty or staff volunteer for informal conversation time every two weeks.
    • Language Partners-- students are paired with a NMU student as a friend on campus with whom to attend social gatherings, events, and activities while practicing their English skills outside of the classroom.
    • W.I.N. Program (Wildcat International Neighbors)-- students are connected with a screened local family to meet with a few times a month.
    • Student Organizations/Clubs: ELI students have access to around 300 student clubs at NMU, including the Chinese Club, Falun Dafa Club, International Dancer's Club, Spanish Club, French Club, and All Nations Club.

    Team Teaching on Lake SuperiorWalk in winter wonderland


    Length of Program of Study

    Each of the six levels requires one Block to complete. Block 1 + Block 2 = One Semester

    Winter Semester 2015:

    Block 1

    January 12, 2015 - March 11, 2015

    Block 2

    March 11, 2015 - May 1, 2015

    There is only 1 Summer Block: May 11, 2015 - June 26, 2015

    Fall Semester 2015:

    Block 1

    August 24, 2015 - October 14, 2015

    Block 2

    October 14, 2015 - December 12, 2015

    If a student places into the Early-Beginner Level and progresses one level per Block (half semester), that student may finish the program in six Blocks. Six Blocks is equal to 3 *full semesters.

    *It is important to note that at this time ELI only offers one Block (not a full 2-Block semester) in the Summer Semester. The second part of the Summer Semester is reserved for a special 4-week Summer English Program, which is not part of academic program.

    January 6, 2015
    March 6, 2015
    May 6, 2015
    August 18, 2015
    October 9, 2015
    January 5, 2016
    March 6, 2016
    May 10, 2016


    About Our City

    Northern Michigan University (NMU), founded in 1899, is located on a 320-acre campus on the beautiful southern shore of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, in the safe, friendly city of Marquette. Marquette has been voted one of the 50 safest cities in Michigan with a population of at least 10,000 by SafeWise as of March 2014.


    The population of Marquette is approximately 21,355, not counting university students. The residents of Marquette are kind and open-minded, and our previous students state that they have been very pleased with their interaction with members of the community. NMU has 8,451 undergraduate students and 647 graduate students; of these, over 100 are international students. This includes students enrolled in both credit-bearing and non-credit bearing courses. NMU has over 180 undergraduate and graduate degrees to fit your interests. NMU offers around 300 student organizations, offers WiMAX with Internet coverage not only within the entire city of Marquette - but also outlying areas, offers the nationally renowned Student Leader Fellowship Program, and has an extremely professional and active Academic Service Learning Program.

    For more information please contact:

    Dr. Jo Doran, ELI Coordinator
    163 Whitman Hall
    Northern Michigan University
    1401 Presque Isle Ave.
    Marquette, MI 49855, USA

    Telephone: 1+906.227.2594
    E-Mail: ESL@nmu.edu



    ELI is a proud member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs