English Language Institute - ELI

Online ESL Classes at the English Language Institute!!

Start your story at the English Language Institute at Northern Michigan University!

The vision of the English Language Institute is to offer international and domestic students the opportunities needed to learn the cultures and values of other people and to foster understanding and tolerance.


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Mission Statement

The Mission of the English Language Institute at Northern Michigan University is to provide English instruction to non-native speakers of English for their future academic, professional, and personal goals. The English Language Institute is committed to enriching the diversity and internationalization of the NMU campus and the Marquette community by implementing service learning projects.


Program Description

Northern Michigan University’s English Language Institute is founded on the belief that language is best and most comprehensively acquired when taught using an integrative and project-based approach. Thus, our curriculum is informed and driven by the following principles: Exploratory Learning, Collaborative Learning, Digital Literacy, and Integrated Skills Learning.

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Exploratory Learning
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Collaborative Learning
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Digital Literacy
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Integrated Skills
 International students will study English by participating in a project-based curriculum. You will improve your language skills by exploring and investigating new
topics of interest.
As an international student at the
ELI, you will work closely with other students from countries around the world to improve your language
skills and explore new academic
and real-life topics.
Students of the 21st century must
work, collaborate and produce materials in a variety of digital formats. While studying at the ELI, you will develop your digital literacy in preparation for University work.
In ways most authentic to the English-speaking university
classroom, you will use all language skills in pursuit of successfully completed course work and project collaboration and completion.


"My First impression of NMU was that students here are friendly, outgoing and willing to help others, and teachers here are responsible, patient and try their best to figure out students' problems immediately. ” 
LinLin - China 



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About Northern Michigan University (NMU)

NMU has approximately 7,000 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students, with over 100 international students currently studying at NMU. There are over 180 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to choose from.

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NMU has free LTE Internet coverage over the entire city and surrounding areas for all students with a NMU laptop. All NMU's ELI students receive an NMU laptop when they arrive on campus.

About Our City

Marquette is safe, friendly city located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. It was recently voted in the top 20 Safest College Towns in the United States.

Marquette, MI  





English Language Institute | esl@nmu.edu | 906-227-2925
We are located in 203 Cohodas Hall on the NMU Campus
1401 Presque Isle Ave. Marquette, MI 49855, USA 


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The English Language Institute is a proud member of:

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