Program Information

The ELI offers intensive and non-intensive English programs on the main campus of Wayne State University throughout the year, with classes beginning in September, January, May, and June.

Intensive English Program

For those seriously interested in improving their English and academic skills and preparing for university study in a relatively short period of time, the ELI provides the services and benefits of the only intensive English language program in metropolitan Detroit. This intensive program consists of up to 22 class hours per week of beginning-level through advanced-level instruction. Beginning and intermediate classes teach communicative skills and integrate listening, speaking and pronunciation in one module; writing and grammar in a second module; and reading & vocabulary in a third module. Advanced classes continue to reinforce communication skills while emphasizing academic skills. These include: 

  • Listening to academic lectures, note-taking, giving formal presentations, and debating
  • Developing academic vocabulary and responding to readings
  • Writing academic essays
  • Citing sources, paraphrasing, and summarizing
  • Evaluating print and digital media related to American culture

ELI 8-Week Summer Session 

This intensive English program is for students of all levels of English proficiency.

  • Interactive classes with highly experienced instructors
  • Academic preparation
  • Athletic and recreational facilities
  • Safe, affordable, and convenient housing
  • Cultural activities in the Metro Detroit area

ELI Evening Courses

American Pronunciation and Clear Communication - Main Campus

January - April  2019

This course is designed to address the communication needs of the advanced level, non-native English-speaking professional and is intended for individuals who want to reduce pronunciation errors in their spontaneous as well as prepared speech.

Read more Information about American Pronunciation and Clear Communication

Customized English Language Courses

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Wayne State University believes that the ability to communicate effectively using the English language is the key to professional success in the U.S.A. An integral part of ELI's mission is to prepare English language learners to succeed in a global society by providing comprehensive and innovative language instruction for professional communication in the Wayne State community.

A unique service that the ELI can provide for professional development to businesses and professionals are customized English language courses. The ELI can develop special classes or workshops that are designed to meet the particular English language needs of businesses and institutions within the WSU community.  Examples of special classes and workshops include:

  • Accent reduction and pronunciation improvement
  • Communication techniques and presentation skills
  • Business and technical writing
  • TOEFL iBT preparation
  • Integrated courses such as communicative grammar which incorporates all language skills

All customized English language courses are taught by experienced instructors who have a master's degree in TESOL or Applied Linguistics and years of experience in teaching English to international professionals. The ELI can teach a customized English language course at the company's site or at our Detroit, Farmington Hills or Warren locations. 

The ELI meets with businesses and professionals for an initial consultation and needs assessment before it creates a customized English language program. 

To learn more and customize any program, contact:

Michael Kelly, Associate Director
Executive and Professional Development
(313) 577-4665

Link to Customized Courses Flyer

International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Testing and Training

Language Proficiency Requirements for International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Appointments

The WSU Executive Order 86-6 mandates that Teaching Assistants (TAs) whose native language is not English must achieve a score of  50 (out of 60) on the SPEAK (taken at WSU) to be awarded an assistantship. The SPEAK test is administered by the English Language Institute (ELI) numerous times per year, and rating is performed by the ELI staff of trained raters. The test costs $50.00 and is paid by the prospective ITA's department if the department has given the student a GTA contract; otherwise, the student must pay for the test.

ITA Training

Students whose scores are 40 or 45 may take ELI 0520, the ITA training course offered Fall and Winter semesters.  This two-hour-a-week course consists of one seminar discussion and two small-group language tutorials each week taught by two ESL professionals and four seminars per semester.

According to the WSU University Policy 2002-1, the hiring unit must assume the tuition for the course if the student has a signed GTA contract. The final exam for this course is a 15-minute teaching performance, involving a presentation, and question/answer period; the raters for this exam are one representative from the student's department and two ESL professionals not currently working with the student. Passing the class is considered equivalent to passing the SPEAK.

Additional TA Training

The Graduate School conducts a two-day, pre-teaching workshop in August for all new TAs on contract; all non-native-English-speaking TAs must attend a second day that is facilitated by the Coordinator of ITA Testing and Training.  This workshop covers expectations of American undergraduates, the culture of the American classroom and interactive communication skills.

For more information on ITA Testing and Training, contact:

Sara Tipton, ITA Coordinator
English Language Institute
Wayne State University
367 Manoogian Hall
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone:  (313) 577-7706
Fax:  (313) 577-2738