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University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

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PO Box 870250 , Tuscaloosa (view map)

About University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama (UA), founded in 1831, is the state's oldest public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral-level institution in the state of Alabama. UA has an enrollment of more than 38,000 students and offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs. The UA English Language Institute (ELI) was established in 1982 and offers a year-round, six-level intensive English program which is designed primarily for students needing English for Academic Purposes. The ELI is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a member of AAIEP and UCIEP.
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  • Host family accommodation
  • Own apartment
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus
  • Shared Apartment
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General English

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This course is for students aged: 17-99

Core classes, which meet for a total of 20 hours per week, are the foundation of the ELI program of study. “Required core classes” are offered each session at each level and consist of the following:

Reading/Writing Levels 1-6 9 hours/week
Speaking/Listening Levels 1-6 6 hours/week
Structure (grammar) Levels 1-6 5 hours/week

A student may be placed into a different level for each required core class, depending on his or her ability in that area. For example, a student may have Reading/Writing 3, Speaking/Listening 4, and Structure 2. Students advance from level to level as a result of the grades they earn in each of their required core classes; students who excel may be eligible to skip a level.

English Exam Preparation

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This course is for students aged: 17-99

English Academic preparation

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This course is for students aged: 17-99

The ELI also offers a variety of advanced elective classes which are available to students in Levels 4, 5, and 6. For example, Oral Communication is designed for students who wish to concentrate on improving their speaking and listening in English, and TOEFL Preparation is available to students who wish to focus on improving their TOEFL scores.

Business English

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This course is for students aged: 17-99

Levels: Advanced, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Small, 2-5 students, Medium, 6-10 students, Large, 11-20 students

Location Type: Town/City , University campus

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk

The English + Business Program is offered two times each year by The University of Alabama (UA) English Language Institute (ELI) in cooperation with the UA Culverhouse College of Commerce.

This three-week program is offered each January and July for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their English-language skills as well as learn about business concepts and practices in the United States.

Key features of the English + Business Program include the following:

Provides training in English and business for non-native speakers of English
Takes place for three weeks each January and July
Includes 40+ hours of English instruction and 10-15 hours of business lectures
Includes two visits to local corporations

English Pathway Programs

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Pathway to UA is offered to degree-seeking students who need a higher level of English proficiency.

Pathway to UA is designed for students who
- Wish to study for a degree (bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate)
- Need to improve their English skills

Pathway to UA students will
- Receive conditional admission to The University of Alabama
- Enroll in the ELI’s Intensive English Program (IEP)
- Enroll in UA classes for credit when ready

Pathway to UA: Length of Study
2-12 months, based on entry level of English proficiency.
For example:
73-78 iBT = 2-4 months
67-72 iBT = 4-6 months
61-66 iBT = 6-8 months
below 61 iBT = 8-12 months

Tailor made English courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

The division of External Programs at the ELI specializes in designing and conducting programs to meet the curricular and scheduling needs of specialized groups. An ELI external program held on the University of Alabama campus typically has the following features:

short term (2 to 6 weeks)
minimum of 10 participants
4 to 5 instructional hours daily
year-round availability, flexible dates
individually priced
specialized curricula
weekend trips

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 17-99

English Teacher Training

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

The ELI’s Teacher Enhancement Program is designed to meet the needs of international teachers of English as a foreign language (EFL) who wish to improve their own English proficiency as well as their EFL teaching expertise.



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