About Us

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

Established in 1974, the ELI is committed to assisting individuals at all levels of English proficiency to develop their English communication skills in the shortest possible time. A major focus of the ELI is to help language learners build confidence in their own language abilities as a result of their increasing English proficiency.

The intensive nature of language instruction at the ELI enables language learners to focus on the language skills they need most and to make the greatest progress possible in the time they have for language learning.

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.

The intensive program provides students with the best English instruction, the newest methodologies, and the most up-to-date language-learning technology.

ELI students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular programs in order to become integrated into the English-speaking community.  These programs include field trips, coffee hours, and conversation partners. On campus, students can take advantage of all University facilities and services including:

  • Student organizations
  • Lectures
  • Films
  • Concerts
  • Athletic facilities and sports events
  • Libraries
  • Internet access
  • Remote-access computer lab
  • Academic advising and personal counseling
Main Campus - Main Contact for All WSU Locations
English Language Institute
351 Manoogian Hall (906 W. Warren Avenue)
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577-2729
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