The English Language Institute prepares non-native English speakers for success in undergraduate and graduate programs, for careers in which English is useful or necessary, and for personal interest.
Our mission is promoting exchange and understanding among peoples of all nations by helping them improve their knowledge of the English language as a medium of international communication.
The English Language Institute at the University of Bridgeport is accredited through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). ELI is a member of EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs). Staff and faculty belong to the TESOL International Association.
Intensive English Program: ELI runs three semesters a year—Spring, Summer, and Fall. We offer four (4) curriculum levels:
• Multi paragraph essay Writing begins in Low Intermediate and progresses to writing research papers in Advanced
• Academic Reading skills at the appropriate level are addressed in all classes.
• Listening practice is provided by in-class audio and video as well as opportunities in the computer lab. High Intermediate and Advanced classes practice academic lecture listening and note-taking in preparation for university work.
• Speaking classes allow for formal and informal, individual and small group speaking tasks, and speaking opportunities are integrated into all skill classes.
• Every level studies all the major areas of Grammar.
• In person and online orientation to make students comfortable with studying and living in the U.S.A. and in our program.
• Cultural awareness is part of all classes so that students know how to be successful in a U.S. academic environment.
• All students can participate in informal conversation groups with American students after class.
• Students have the opportunity to visit university classes and attend campus lectures.
• The University of Bridgeport’s online learning platform supports ELI classes.
• Advanced students write and perform a skit, and prepare and participate in a semi-formal debate with an audience of their peers and/or university faculty.
• Students can be paired with a domestic student for friendship and English practice
• Special guided field trips for ELI students—New York City!