Program, Course Descriptions, and Costs

 
Northern Michigan University's English Language Institute (NELI) offers six levels of instruction - plus a pre-beginner class and a Bridge Program. Placement is determined by taking the Compass Test the week of orientation.

For more detailed information, please refer to the NELI Student Handbook

Pre-beginner Class

This class prepares students with little to no English speaking ability by focusing on phonics (sounds and symbols). Any student needing to take the pre-beginner course will also enroll in the Level 1A, Early Beginner Course. Students will learn to make the sounds associated with Standard American English and understand the sound/symbol connections in Standard American English. Students will learn to associate pictures to words. Any student needing to take the pre-beginner course will also enroll in the Level 1A, Early Beginner Course.

LEVEL BENCHMARKS

Level 1A – Early Beginner

Students will begin by making picture/word connections, then move to reading simple sentences in Standard American English. Students will also begin familiarize themselves with correct word forms/word order. Students will learn to identify the main idea and details of any assignment and develop spoken accuracy through vocabulary study and brief oral presentations.  Students will learn to take notes and respond to simple conversations.

Level 1B – Beginner

Students will increase their vocabulary, begin to focus on an academic vocabulary, and improve comprehension of short readings. Students will continue to improve pronunciation and intonation, focus on self-expression, and learn to identify and address areas of difficulty. Through in-class participation and selected campus activities, students will apply their language skills within every day interaction in campus settings. At this level students will begin to prepare for the MELAB test.

Level 2A – Early Intermediate

Students will begin to analyze readings, understand complex sentence patterns, and increase academic vocabulary through listening to lectures, radio programs, reading newspapers, and academic texts. Students will participate regularly in campus activities and group work, as well as work directly with the instructor to obtain feedback on their progress. Students will continue to prepare for the MELAB test.

Level 2B – Intermediate

Students will begin pre-writing techniques, study rhetorical patterns, learn how to read and write using critical thinking skills, focus on self-expression to communicate with peers, tutors, and conversation partners. Students will begin writing stories representing their culture and examine grammar within an academic context and general interest contexts. Students will also develop self-instruction patterns for problem solving. Students will continue to prepare for the MELAB test.

Level 3A – Early Intermediate

Students will begin to work on essay structure, thesis statements, more complicated rhetorical patterns, and source assessment (including online sources). Students will begin to identify cultural purposes of idiomatic speech, transcribe recordings, and participate in an approved internship program for 1-2 hours per week. Students will begin to ready themselves for university admission. Students will continue to prepare for the MELAB test.

Level 3B – Intermediate

Students will focus on advanced reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, and grammar development. Students will engage with others in the university, present an oral and PowerPoint presentation, submit an academic writing piece to a journal, and learn to network with international students from other universities. Students will prepare for the MELAB test.

Bridge Program

Students who earn a test score that is not high enough to matriculate into credit-bearing classes at Northern Michigan University may transition into credit-bearing status by enrolling in the Bridge Course. Students will meet with the NELI Coordinator (or an instructor) for two hours per week to focus on areas of difficulty in credit-bearing assignments. The student only needs to pay for the two-credit course to participate in the Bridge Program - but attendance at the Bridge Course Class is mandatory. This class can be repeated.

Course Descriptions

Below are the course descriptions for the NELI Program at Northern Michigan University, which can be used as benchmarks:

READING AND WRITING: NELI Course Descriptions
ELI 061A – Early Beginner Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours

This course focuses on vocabulary development and basic comprehension of ideas from simple sentences to groups of sentences written in standard American English. The goals of this course are to help students to read simple sentences in standard American English and become familiar with correct word forms and word order. Students will receive focused practice in the association of sound and meaning and will write simple sentences, and will work toward comprehension of ideas in short readings of short paragraphs. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 061B – Beginner Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
This course focuses on continuing vocabulary development and reading comprehension, understanding phrases rather than individual words, and practicing basic writing skills. The goals of this course are to improve comprehension of ideas in short readings of paragraph length and increase vocabulary skills. Students will identify parts of the sentence, work towards identifying the main idea of a paragraph, and write short summaries. Students will begin to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 062A – Early Intermediate Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
This course focuses on developing reading comprehension in longer and more complex readings than in ELI 070B. The goals of this course are to help students analyze readings to identify the main idea, supporting statements, and author purpose and write responses to these criteria. Students will learn to understand complex sentence patterns, write compound sentences, develop writing fluency at the sentence and paragraph level, and write clear responses to readings. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 062B – Intermediate Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
This course focuses on reading and writing varied and complex sentences, writing effective paragraphs, developing pre-writing techniques including outlining, and understanding and using basic rhetorical patterns. Students will learn critical reading skills, improve their writing skills, and keep a journal where they will write responses to their readings based on well-developed rhetorical patterns. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 063A – Early Advanced Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
This course focuses on providing students with opportunities to develop fluency in reading and writing expository paragraphs. The goals of this course are to learn essay structure, develop thesis statements, recognize and use more complicated rhetorical patterns, develop strong paragraph organization, and paraphrase and summarize readings. Students will focus on critical reading and source assessment, learn to select written and web-based material for effective study and writing, practice learned strategies while reading various types of written materials (such as newspapers, magazines, schedules, correspondence, literature, etc.), write short essays, and recognize and learn more advanced writing techniques. Additionally, students will begin a research project by planning and completing research and writing an outline of the research paper. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. (Pass /No Pass)

ELI 063B – Advanced Reading and Writing: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
This course focuses on reading and vocabulary development at an advanced level. Students will learn to identify the types and purposes of selected writings, analyze academic texts to make abstract inferences, write to compare and contrast readings, and write ‘opinion’ pieces using supporting facts and/or sources, and work on and finish their research paper. Additionally, students will write a piece for a campus or community publication. Students will also work one-on-one with the instructor to identify areas of potential difficulty in reading and/or writing and plan self-assistance strategies with the instructor. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. (Pass/No Pass)

 

LISTENING AND SPEAKING: NELI Course Descriptions
ELI 071A – Early Beginner Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will develop key abilities for listening and speaking English in an academic environment. They will be able to identify main idea and details of any listening assignment. Students will be able to use critical thinking strategies to make predictions about listening tasks. They will learn to state the main idea and give details on given topics. Students will learn to make presentations through note cards and Power Point. They will develop spoken accuracy with oral presentations and intensive vocabulary study. Students will work on pronunciation, word and sentence stress, intonation and music of English language. Class will be held in the Language Lab. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 071B – Beginner Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will continue working on developing key abilities for listening and speaking English in an academic environment. Students will continue working on pronunciation and intonation. Students will summarize audio casts; recognize idiomatic speech; identify linguistic origins of academic vocabulary; identify speaking styles; and identify fact, fiction, and persuasion. Students will develop spoken accuracy with oral recordings, oral presentations, intensive academic vocabulary study, and attend selected campus activities. Students will apply their language skills to an academic context, campus-setting work, and within everyday interaction. Students will develop practical academic vocabulary, conversational ability, and language for self-instruction and for community-based and web-based research. Students will prepare for the listening and speaking portion of the MELAB test. Class will be held in the Language Lab. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 072A – Early Intermediate Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will focus on increasing academic vocabulary through listening to lectures, discussions, radio talks, news and then using new vocabulary discussions, group work and presentations. In this course, students will also work on the speech fluency. They will make at least one presentation for community. Every student will attend a lecture and take notes at least once a week; every student will then produce an oral summary for class. Students will continue to prepare for the listening and speaking portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 072B –  Intermediate Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will apply their skills to ESL listening and speaking texts level two.  Students will attend lectures to produce oral summaries for class. Students will learn to listen for tone, stress, rhythm, syllables, authentic pronunciation, and enunciation. Students will work together to make an oral presentation for the campus or community. Students will focus on effective self-expression using English to communicate with American peer mentors, learning about campus culture. Students will apply comprehensive language skills to the immediate setting. Students will participate regularly in campus activities, provide weekly feedback to each other and the instructor; analyze linguistic and cultural progress, and keep a record of language skills needing adjustment. Students will continue to prepare for the listening and speaking portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 073A – Early Advanced Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will study third level ESL listening and speech materials in preparation for university admission. Students will identify cultural purposes of stylized and idiomatic speech, attend videoconferences, present oral summaries, and transcribe audio-casts. Students will create one power point presentation. Students will attend lectures, review instructional materials for future classes, take sample tests, and keep track of (potential) areas of difficulty. Students are required to participate in an approved language-experience internship program 1-2 hours weekly. (Tutoring in the language lab is optional in addition to the internship.) Students will continue to prepare for the listening and speaking portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 073B – Advanced Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students begin readying themselves to apply for university admission. Students focus on preparing themselves for the MELAB test at the end of the subsequent session. Students will take the MELAB test, make an oral presentation to university officials to demonstrate oral competency, prepare a writing sample for submission to university officials, produce a cooperative representation of their experience for the international department, and learn to network with international students from other universities. Students will identify areas of potential difficulty in listening and speaking, plan self-help strategies, and meet with academic advisors. Students will continue to prepare for the listening and speaking portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

 

GRAMMAR AND LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS: NELI Course Descriptions
ELI 081A – Early Beginner Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours

Students will study grammar to support previous English as a Foreign Language instruction and begin developing fluency. Students identify areas of difficulty as they work towards acquiring the means to improve their knowledge of English Grammar and American culture. Students will apply their language skills in a variety of contexts such as an academic environment, campus setting work, and everyday conversation. Through these practical applications students will begin to acquire the necessary resources for self-instruction, community-based, and web-based research. Students will also be asked to consider the relationships between their language and culture of origin and those of America. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 081B – Beginner Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will study grammar to build on previous and current English as a Foreign Language instruction, leading to more confident fluency. Students identify and address areas of difficulty, practice editing, and increase their knowledge of English Grammar and American Culture. Students will apply their language skills to an academic context, campus setting work, and everyday interaction. Students will develop practical academic vocabulary, conversational ability, and language for self-instruction, community-based, and web-based research. Students will also examine the active interrelationships between their language and culture of origin and those of America. Students will begin to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 082A – Early Intermediate Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will study level II ESL grammar texts to improve fluency and accuracy in all language functions.  Students will write and present a collection of stories representing their culture.  Students will examine grammar as it occurs in academic texts, general interest publications, news sources, and their own work.  Students will note points of grammar study for the Standard English language exam. Students will apply comprehensive language skills to the immediate setting. Students will participate regularly in campus activities; provide weekly feedback to each other and the instructor; analyze linguistic and cultural progress; keep a record of language skills needing adjustment; and develop self-instruction patterns for on-site problem solving.   Students continue to identify areas of improvement (in language and cultural adjustment) by starting a daily journal. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 082B – Intermediate Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will study level II ESL grammar texts to improve fluency and accuracy in all language functions.  Students will write and present a collection of stories representing their culture.  Students will examine grammar as it occurs in academic texts, general interest publications, news sources, and their own work.  Students will engage in grammar study for the Standard English language exam. Students will apply comprehensive language skills to the immediate setting. Students will participate regularly in campus activities; provide weekly feedback to each other and the instructor; analyze linguistic and cultural progress; keep a record of language skills needing adjustment; and develop self-instruction patterns for on-site problem solving. Students will continue to identify areas of improvement (in language and cultural adjustment) by keeping a daily journal.  Students have the option to begin an approved language experience internships on campus. (See ESL 092.) Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 083A – Early Advanced Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will study level III ESL grammar to improve fluency and accuracy in all language functions. Students examine grammatical variations in English for specific academic areas (i.e. English for specific purposes), poetry, and humor.  Students attend lectures, review instructional materials for future classes, take sample tests, and keep track of (potential) areas of difficulty. Students are required to participate in an approved language experience internship program 1-2 hours weekly. (Tutoring in the language lab is optional in addition to the internship.) Students begin readying themselves to apply for university admission. Students focus on preparing themselves for the Standard English language exam at the end of the subsequent session. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

ESL 083B – Advanced Grammar and Language Applications: 7-Week Session/6 credit hours
Students will build on level III ESL grammar by participating in an approved language experience internship program (1-2 hours weekly, with optional tutoring in the language lab as an additional experience). Students address any remaining difficulties in their language skills. Students complete final preparations to apply for university admission.  Students will take the Standard English language exam; make an oral presentation to university officials to demonstrate oral competency; prepare a writing sample for submission to university officials; produce a cooperative representation of their experience for the international department; and learn to network with international students from other universities.  Students may have the option to publish portions of their journal. Students will continue to prepare for the reading and writing portion of the MELAB test. Course may be repeated. (Pass/No Pass)

 

ADDITIONAL COURSES: NELI Course Descriptions

ELI 060 – One-On-One Tutoring: 7-Week Session/1credit hour
This course is required for pre-beginner students . This course is optional for intermediate and advanced students and may be taken each semester. This course focuses on weak or problem areas in listening/speaking, reading/writing, and/or grammar/language applications. Students will meet with an instructor once a week for one hour to define problem areas, develop practical solutions with the help of the instructor, and work with the instructor on specific assignments/areas. Students may sign up for more than one hour per 7-Week Session. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI 070 – Pre-Beginner Listening and Speaking: 7-Week Session/2 credit hours
This course focuses on the pronunciation of American English through intensive practice and involves pronunciation instruction and practice beginning with phonics (sound-symbol correlation). Coursework will include increasing fluency in reception and production, analyzing the sounds of American English, and developing self-monitoring skills. This class is designed to develop and enhance students’ speaking skills in connection with other language skills. Students will work toward achieving the following: Understanding English sounds, making English sounds, acquiring the ability to introduce themselves and others, responding appropriately to common classroom directives, applying knowledge from introductory reading/writing and grammar/language applications to speaking, and reporting events using more than 10 sentences. (Pass/No Pass)

ELI080 - Pre-Beginner Grammar and Language Applications/2 credit hours 
This course focuses basic information on the form and meaning of the English language while engaging students in contexts suitable for pre-beginners. Content includes a focus on the verb 'to be,' nouns, simple present, and modals.

ELI 095 – Dual Enrollment Course (Previously 'Bridge Course'): 7-Week Session/2 credit hours
Required for some matriculating students into credit-bearing Northern Michigan University courses and may be taken multiple semesters. This course focuses on working with individual students on credit-bearing assignments in any/all classes that require reading, writing, grammar, speaking, and/or listening. Areas of concern for students will be addressed through one-on-one instruction from a NELI instructor. Course time is flexible to fit student’s academic course schedule. (Pass/No Pass)

 

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NELI Program Fees

 

Two Seven-Week Session Expenses (one semester) - Full Time (2013-14 costs)

Tuition and fees $5,000
Room and Board $4,348
Books and Supplies (approximate) $400
Health Insurance (required) $827
Personal/Travel $925
Certification of Finances Amount $11,500

 

Four Seven-Week Sessions Expenses (two semesters) - Full Time (2013-14 costs):

Tuition and Fees $10,000
Room and Board $8,696
Books and Supplies $800
Health Insurance (required) $1,478
Personal/Travel $1,850
Certification of Finances Amount $22,824

Students will pay a one-time athletic fee of $225 that permits access to all games on campus - including hockey - their entire academic career.

Families should also consider these additional expenses, which may vary by student:

  • Recreational facilities pass (optional; $70 per semester/$130 per year)
  • Parking pass (optional; $130/year)