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Eastern Washington University (EWU)

English Language Institute (ELI) [Cheney, Washington]


  • ELI is an academic program with small class sizes, able to provide students a more personalized study experience.
  • The university offers conditional admission at both the undergraduate and graduate level not requiring a TOEFL/IELTS score for students successfully completing their ELI studies.
  • Students attending the ELI are able to use all university facilities such as the library, computer labs, recreational facilities and classrooms, centrally-located on campus, with the latest educational technology.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The ELI intensive English program is a performance-based, academically oriented ESL program focused on preparing international students for university study in the United States. The program has five levels of English proficiency from beginner to advanced level consisting of 10-15 hours of reading/writing/ grammar classes in the morning each week and 5-7 hours of listening/speaking instruction in the afternoon each week. There are four terms during the year: fall, winter, spring and summer. The terms last 11 weeks except summer, which is 8 weeks. Students may enter at the beginning of any term. Classes are small, averaging 8-16 students. Classrooms and ELI offices are located in the center of campus and equipped with the latest technology to insure student success. Advanced-level ELI classes can be taken for university credit. Conditional acceptance is available at the undergraduate level for those students completing the ELI and meeting university requirements. No TOEFL/IELTS score is required. The ELI also has a two-quarter Graduate Preparation Program which offers conditional acceptance into graduate study at EWU.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1979
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA, UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 50-100
      Average Class Size : 8-16
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Available Weekly
      Location : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello! I’d like to invite you to come to the English Language Institute at Eastern Washington University for your English studies. The ELI has been around for over 35 years and during that time more than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have passed through our program, many of whom have gone on to complete their academic studies at Eastern Washington University and other universities across the U.S. Our highly-qualified faculty and staff have worked or studied in many countries around the world and have over 150 years of combined ESL teaching experience. We understand the importance of being the first step in your academic experience and are ready and willing to take on the role of preparing you for success in both your academic studies and student life in the U.S.
      Joneel Russell
      Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
      Eastern Washington University (EWU)
    • Eastern Washington University
      English Language Institute

      129 Patterson Hall
      Cheney, Washington  99004  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (509) 359-2482
      FAX: +1 (509) 359-7855
      E-mail: eli@ewu.edu
      Website: http://global.ewu.edu/eli/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The English Language Institute (ELI) has hosted students from countries all around the world. Since 1979 over 4,000 students from more than 50 countries have passed through the ELI.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • ELI instructors are trained, fully-certified professionals possessing advanced degrees in ESL and education. Faculty have lived or studied in many countries such as Japan, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, Holland, Spain, France, Germany, Russia, Niger, Zambia, Colombia, Mexico, Micronesia, and Saudi Arabia. The academic and personal qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about their students.
    • Housing
    • While attending the school, ELI students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories or off-campus residences. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. For students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the campus environment. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The school may provide information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Eastern Washington University (EWU) is located in Cheney, Washington, a small town of about 12,000 residents in eastern Washington. Cheney provides students with a very safe and secure environment to study in. It is about 20 minutes by car from Spokane, Washington, a larger metropolitan area which has a wide variety of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment. Cheney is also just one hour by plane from Seattle, Washington, or Portland, Oregon. There are many outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, biking and many watersports on the beautiful, clean local lakes and rives. In the winter, there is skiing or snowshoeing in the surrounding mountains. It is within a day’s drive of several scenic national parks such as Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, North Cascades National Park and Olympic National Park.
    • About the College/University
    • Eastern Washington University is a regional comprehensive public university offering over 100 bachelor’s programs, 35 master’s programs and 1 applied doctoral program. The university occupies 330 acres in a park-like setting with rolling wheat fields just steps from campus. The classrooms employ state-of-the-art technology with multiple computer labs throughout campus. Class sizes average between 20 and 25 students so there is easy access to university instructors. Student success is a core value of the university with many support services available to students such as the Writers’ Center, Learning Commons in JFK Library, or e-tutoring in many different content areas. Housing is available both on and off campus. International students on campus have an opportunity to live in EWU’s Global Connections Living Learning Community. There are also many social activities, clubs, and organizations students can be involved in to create a vibrant campus life.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students in the advanced level (Level 5) may earn University credit by taking ELI classes such as Writing for Academic Purposes, Reading for Academic Purposes, University Seminar and Research Paper. Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required.
  • Courses
    • Intensive English Course (IEP)

    • About This Course
    • The ELI intensive English program is a performance-based, academically oriented ESL program focused on preparing international students for university study in the United States. While the lower levels focus more on general English skills, as the students advance into the upper levels of the program, there is more focus on learning English for Academic Purposes (EAP). The program has five levels of English proficiency from beginner to advanced level consisting of 10-15 hours of reading/writing/ grammar classes in the morning and 5-7 hours of listening/speaking instruction in the afternoon.

      The morning classes focus on reading, writing, and grammar. Often part of the lesson may be based on homework that the students were required to do the evening before. Homework is an essential part of the curriculum at the ELI and students generally spend several hours a day working on homework assignments. While there is some lecturing in the classes, during much of the class period students work in pairs or groups when engaged in classroom activities. So, even in reading, writing or grammar class, there will also be a fair amount of speaking being done by students.

      In the afternoon classes the students work on their speaking and listening skills. An important goal of this study is to enable the students to be able to take part in classroom discussions and take notes on university lectures after they enter the university. At the upper-intermediate to advanced levels, once or twice a quarter guest lecturers from the university are invited into the classroom to give students an opportunity to experience “real-life” university lectures. For much of the listening homework, students utilize the university-wide on-line learning platform, Canvas, which they will later use for their regular university classes.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 - 16 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8, 11 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: Dormitory or On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2018
      11 WEEKS:
      9/20 - 12/11

      11 WEEKS:
      1/8 - 3/234/2 - 6/15

    • Fees
      TUITION FEE (2018-2019)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,800
      11 WEEKS US$ 3,800
      US$ 40
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,421 Contact ELI
      11 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,421 Contact ELI
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free (Send Arrival Information to School)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application Fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fee includes meals.
  • Location
    • United States Cheney, Washington
    • Location
      Eastern Washington University
      English Language Institute

      129 Patterson Hall Cheney, Washington  99004  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Spokane International Airport:
      The ELI provides free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 15 minutes. Students can also take a taxi that will cost approximately US$25 and will arrive on campus in 15 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.5
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 3.5
      Accommodation: 3.5


    • There are 2 reviews for this school

    • Chris
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 28, Male ]  2009/3/5
      It's a good place for studying.
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      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 26, Female ]  2009/3/6
      4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      Eastern Washington University, English Language Institute 提供了一個良好的學習環境,非常適合和我一樣初次來美國學習英文的學生。首先, ELI 提供課程以幫助國際學生習慣於美式生活。在ELI上課除了能夠結交來自世界各地的朋友,課程上也會安排許多活動以增進同學之間的互動。也就是教育學生打開心胸,融入多國文化中。同時,對於希望再深造的國際學生,只要語言程度到達一定標準, 學校提供很多資訊及選擇讓學生可以順利的銜接更高級的主流教育。除此之外,學生及老師間積極的互動,在畢業後並不會減少,因為這裡的老師都非常的願意幫助學生且恩惜師生間的情感。這就是為什麼我會選擇在這裡完成我的ELI課程。
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