Missouri State University - English Language Institute

301 South Jefferson Ave. - Springfield

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Welcome to the English Language Institute! The ELI offers instruction to provide English language learners with skills for academic and career success. Our students come with a variety of goals: to earn a bachelor's or master's degree in an American university, to become more marketable in a global economy, or to communicate more effectively for personal enjoyment. Whatever your reason for studying English, we can help you succeed.

  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus
  • Student Residence

  • 2014-04-ELI_Scope_and_Sequence.pdf

  • Youth Classes


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This course is for students aged: 16-70
The English Language Institute at Missouri State University is a progressive intensive English program which offers a state-of-the-art education to international students seeking to improve their academic language proficiency. Our curriculum is based on a communicative approach to language teaching / learning, and our courses are learner-centered rather than teacher-centered. As such, we view the instructor’s role as that of a guide, facilitator, coach, and mentor. In this capacity, instructors will allow students to shape the content and direction of courses as much as is feasible within the stated objectives / guidelines set for each class. In addition, instructors in our program will be aware of and take into consideration individual personality and learning style differences as well as other affective factors.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
The CELTA course is a 120-hour teaching certification program which leads to the CELTA certificate, one of the most widely accepted TEFL/TESOL qualifications in the world. The course provides the skills, knowledge and hands‑on practice to follow a rewarding career in teaching, either at home or abroad. In fact, many job advertisements ask specifically for the CELTA.

Backed by Cambridge English Language Assessment, every CELTA course is taught only by people who have gone through a rigorous training program offered by the Cambridge English Language Assessment, and who have many years of teaching experience. Every CELTA course is checked by an external assessor on behalf of Cambridge to ensure the quality of the program. You can be assured that any CELTA course you would take would be of the highest quality.

While many other TEFL courses take as many people as possible, the maximum ratio of CELTA trainees to tutor is 6:1. This means you are guaranteed quality time with your CELTA tutor and will get the feedback you need to become a qualified teacher.

The CELTA is a very practical program. The input sessions are designed to give trainees practical teaching tips that they can actually put into place when teaching. While going through the CELTA, you will spend six hours teaching actual English language learners and will receive feedback from the other trainees and your tutor. Many other TEFL programs do not require practice teaching at all. You will also spend six hours observing highly experienced teachers in the classroom.
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This course is for students aged: 13-70
Engaging Today's Learners; Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders
Today's universities and employers are looking for young people with high degrees of cultural competence and leadership abilities. The ELI offers a unique opportunity for youth to develop these skills in an innovative and impactful program called International Youth Academy, which is open to international and U.S. youth. This summer camp is held on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri, USA.

The Academy has two session options to fit your schedule and needs:

University Prep Session (ages 15-18)
Global Leadership Academy (Ages 12-18)
Use the buttons below to learn more and apply.
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