Welcome

As the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area, the English Language Institute (ELI) of Wayne State University (WSU) has specialized exclusively in teaching English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills to non-native speakers of English from all over the world for more than 40 years.

The ELI uses the newest language-teaching methodology and the most up-to-date audio, video, and computer technology available, including a remote-access language lab. Our small classes and highly trained instructors make it possible for students to improve their English rapidly and effectively.

Direct path to the university

The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs at five levels of proficiency, using an integrated curriculum of listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. Students who pass all Level 5 classes at the ELI will meet the general English language proficiency requirement for admission to both undergraduate and graduate programs at Wayne State University.

Our mission

We prepare English language learners from the global and local communities for academic study by providing comprehensive and intensive language instruction.

Meet our students

Thamer Alkhazal, Kuwait City, Kuwait.

"Prior to my arrival in the United States, I hadn’t realized the extent of the roles language and communication play in life. Through my experience with the English Language Institute, I was able to develop a better understanding of American language and culture, not only breaking barriers that had previously held me back from participating in conversations and activities but also allowing me to form new and stronger relationships with a broader range of individuals. With a newfound understanding in the importance of effective communication to a capable leader, I pushed myself even harder to excel."