2015 Four-Week ELI Summer English Program

Academic Service Learning Program


ELI Summer English Program on Lake Superior at Northern Michigan University (NMU)

NMU’s is now accepting applications for its ELI Summer English Program, which will be held from July 7 – August 6, 2015. Our Summer English Program is open to students of all study areas/degrees and English levels. Students must have graduated from high school and be over 18 years of age to apply.

Participants in this program:

  • attend daily intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) classes focused on business and organizational themes, which are useful for students of all study areas to apply in a global workforce.
  • put their language to use by doing an Academic Service Learning Project with local non-profit organizations

Participants also:

  • attend seminars presented by NMU faculty members
  • participate in meetings with local business owners
  • go on several cultural field trips
  • meet many people at social events with community members

The program will end with 3 nights in the great city of Chicago. Total cost for the program (including airport pick-up, instruction, room & board, transportation to all excursions and Chicago trip, admission to most cultural activities, mandatory health insurance, and lodging in Chicago) is $3,000. For questions, or to apply, please email: ESL@nmu.edu


This program introduces participants to American culture and society, education, and business/organizations while improving students' English language ability. Through our English language program, project work with real business clients in the city of Marquette, involvement in local activities, and participation in social events with Americans (from NMU and the Marquette community), participants will become acquainted with American culture, the U.S. education system, and the American way of life. Working and playing within the friendly and safe local community of Marquette, Michigan, participants will enjoy various experiences situated within the geography of Lake Superior, the largest of the Great Lakes and the largest fresh water lake in the world.

  • Program dates: July 7 - August 6, 2015
  • Open to students of all English-speaking levels (must be at least 18 years old to apply) 
  • Highly qualified and experienced ESL instructors
  • Small ESL class size (8 - 15 students)
  • Academic Service Learning groups made up of 4 - 5 students
  • Seminars with NMU faculty
  • Meetings with local businesses/organizations
  • Cultural exposure of the U.S. through social activities and community events
  • Field trips every Saturday around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
  • 3 nights in Chicago



The ELI Summer English Program includes a special component: an Academic Service Learning Project. Students will be put into small groups to work on different research projects for local non-profit organizations (clients). Every day, groups will meet in class with an instructor to help with the projects and learn how to research effectively, give an oral presentation with PowerPoint and produce written results of their research. Groups will also plan meetings with the client to receive feedback on their project. At the end of the ELI Summer English Program, groups will present their research project findings to their client.

Through this Academic Service Learning Project, students will be able to:

  • Develop methods of communication, research, drafting, and revising documents, both individually and collaboratively
  • Manage team conflicts constructively
  • Respond constructively to peers' work
  • Achieve team goals
  • Find, evaluate, and use print and online information selectively for particular audiences and purposes
  • Communicate with a client through ongoing discussions and feedback
  • Create a professional PowerPoint for the client presentation
  • Present information verbally in front of a small audience, including the client
  • Prepare a written report of the research project to give the client



Northern Michigan University (NMU) was founded in 1899 in Marquette, which is located in the Upper Peninsula of the state of Michigan. NMU offers 147 degree programs, including 25 master's programs. Currently, there are more than 100 international students and around 9,000 U.S. students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs at NMU.

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Here is a wonderful YouTube video of Marquette in the summer. For pictures of Marquette, click here. More pictures can be found here. A Wikipedia article on Marquette can be found here.



Times Description

9:00 a.m. -

12:00 p.m.

ESL class: focused on listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar. This class meets Monday - Friday.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Academic Service Learning class: time to work with groups on the research projects for the clients and to receive lessons from the instructor that help groups complete their projects. This class meets Monday - Friday.
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Occasional seminars with NMU faculty and visits with local business owners.
Evening Various social activities are scheduled throughout the four-week session during the evening.
Saturdays Cultural field trips around the Upper Peninsula of Michigan are scheduled each Saturday.
Sundays These are 'free' days to explore Marquette on one's own, with other students, and/or with the Social Events Coordinator.


An English-language assessment is performed by ELI instructors on the first day of the ELI Summer English Program. Then, students are placed into the correct ESL class level and group for the Academic Service Learning Project.


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The total cost for the program is approximately $3,000 and includes the following:

  • Instruction
    • 15 hours of ESL instruction per week
    • Textbook
    • 10 hours of Academic Service Learning class with an instructor
    • Seminars with NMU faculty
    • Meetings with local business owners
    • A real business experience working with a Marquette, MI client
  • Room
    • 27 nights on-campus housing in a dormitory
  • Board
    • A 50-visit meal plan for on-campus dining
  • Activity Fee
    • Cultural field trips around the state every weekend
    • Local transportation in Marquette, MI
    • Social Events Coordinator to plan and guide participants around Marquette
    • Entry into some community events and social activities
    • Welcome picnic
    • Closing ceremony
    • Lodging in Chicago hostel for 3 nights
    • Airport transfers
  • Health Insurance (required)
    • Coverage May 12 - August 14



For further questions, or to apply to the ELI Summer English Program, please send an email to: ESL@nmu.edu


Proud members of the American Association of Intensive English Programs