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

Chenguang Du, Kaifeng, China

"ELI is really where my memories begin. Two years ago, I took courses in ELI as a visiting scholar and all of the English language that I learned here still makes great sense whenever I try to use it. The studying environment at ELI can provide you with the best support in whatever you need to know after you start your academic program.  In addition, the teachers here can cultivate you with totally different teaching methodologies and educational philosophies, which you might never experience when studying English in your own country. After a few months of concentrated study, not only my English was tremendously improved but also I felt like I was almost accustomed to the American culture and life, which also was termed as “Americanized” by some teachers. Now, I have come back to start another program and I really appreciate the training from the ELI, because if it was not for the help I got from the nice and responsible teachers here, I would not have gotten admission to my program nor have been quickly involved into the life here."