ELI - English Language Institute

NELI_Smiling_Photo.jpgProud member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs

    We are located at 163 Whitman Hall, which is on the corner of Norway and Fair Avenues (see campus map ).

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    ELI offers English language courses for international students who do not meet the university entrance requirements for TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB. The following are the minimum scores required by NMU for admission and approval to take credit-bearing courses at Northern Michigan University (NMU):

    • TOEFL Internet-based (iBT) test: 61
    • TOEFL computer-based test: 173
    • TOEFL paper-based test: 500
    • IELTS: 6.0
    • MELAB: 69

    All students entering the ELI Program will take the ACT Compass Test for ESL students the week before beginning classes.

    ELI Mission Statement

    The mission of the English Language Institute at Northern Michigan University is to assist non-native speakers of English in acquiring sufficient language proficiency and independent learning strategies to become successful participants in the Northern Michigan University community, their personal lives, and their chosen occupations via proven instructional methodologies in reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and language applications and via monitored social activities and intercultural experiences.

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    • Our Total Immersion courses focus on the following Core Components: Reading and Writing, Listening and Speaking, Grammar and Language Applications
    • We offer six levels to accommodate all levels of English proficiency. We also offer half-semester sessions, or Blocks, , which allow students who need to re-take a session to spend only seven or eight weeks on the level instead of a full semester.
      • Early Beginner
      • Beginner
      • Early Intermediate
      • Intermediate
      • Early Advanced
      • Advanced
    • We also offer the following additional courses:
      • TOEFL Preparation Course twice a year
      • Dual-Enrollment Course - (2 credit hours per week): For students that do not earn a high-enough score to matriculate into Northern Michigan University, we offer a transition program that allows some students to begin taking credit-bearing courses - while they continue their work in the ELI program by taking this 2-credit Bridge Course.
      • Advanced University classes
      • Pre-beginner course
      • Tutoring classes
    • Students can enroll at one of five times during the year. Here are the enrollment dates for the 2014/2015 academic year:
      • August 18, 2014
      • October 9, 2014
      • January 5, 2015
      • March 9, 2015
      • May 11, 2015
      • Students receive a minimum of 21.5 contact hours per week.
    • In addition to 18 hours of face-to-face class time with an instructor, each student receives from 4 to 6 hours per week of additional one-on-one time with instructors and tutors - at no additional cost to the students.
    • All courses, except early beginner courses, prepare students to take the MELAB for matriculation into Northern Michigan University. MELAB is the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery - MELAB.


    • Our instructors have earned a Masters Degree in TESOL, TFL, or Linguistics; are TESOL certified; and/or have earned a PhD in ESL or an ESL-related field.
    • Our classes are face-to-face classes only.
    • Our class size is no larger than 12 students.



    ELI provides the following resources:

    • Seven-and-one-half-week
sessions beginning five different times during the year
    • Language Partner, where each student is assigned a U.S. NMU student who spends time with them: going out for coffee, going shopping, going to the movies, talking, going for walks, etc.
    • Academic Partner, where each student is assigned a U.S. NMU student who meets with the ELI student once a week for one hour in Whitman Hall. The Academic Partner helps the ELI student to understand his/her homework.
    • Monday through Friday classes where students receive a minimum of 21 contact hours with ELI instructors each week
    • Small classes, with 12 or fewer students in each class
    • TOEFL preparation course offered twice a year
    • Six program levels focusing on academic components of reading/writing, listening/speaking, and grammar/language applications
    • Conversation Mentor Program that allows students to communicate with native English speakers throughout the program
    • Individualized Instruction that provides weekly one-on-one time with a ELI instructor
    • Language Lab and/or Writing Center meetings with trained tutors with a minimum of one hour per week of individual time required
    • Accent Modification/Speech Help program with trained tutors from NMU’s Speech Pathology and Audiology Department
    • Wildcat International Neighbor Program, where students are paired with screened local families and individuals to spend time with and share their culture
    • Access to over 300 student clubs, including the Chinese Club, Falun Dafa Club, International Dancer's Club, Spanish Club, German Club, and French Club.
    • A prayer room in NMU's University Center
    • Socializing activities, such as pizza parties, dinners at the Director's house, birthday parties, etc.

    You can find out more about ELI in our Student Handbook: ELI_STUDENT HANDBOOKSuperior-Sunrise10.jpg

    Additionally, you may find the Student Handbook - online - here, with access to Google Translator.

    For more information please contact:

    Dr. Jo Doran, ELI Coordinator
    163 Whitman Hall
    Northern Michigan University
    Marquette, MI 49855
    Telephone: 1+906.227.2594
    E-Mail: esl@nmu.edu

    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 110 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 over 200 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.

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