ELI

English Language Institute (ELI)

UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, ALL CLASSES WILL BE HELD ONLINE
Eli students in front of shepherd hall

WELCOME

The English Language Institute ELI provides intensive instruction and practice for non-native speakers who want to improve their English skills for academic and professional development. Our English program is designed for both international and local students who want to prepare for studying in an American University and for improving their job opportunities. After completing the English Language Institute, students who meet our GPA program requirements can apply for undergraduate and graduate programs at City College—no TOEFL exam needed!

Join Our Zoom to ask questions and learn more about our ELI program

Mondays 8:00 am - 8:30 am EST

Wednesdays 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST

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https://ccny.zoom.us/j/85146651276

ELI LEVEL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

About the Program

  • 18 hours of class instruction per week.
  • Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, with a 30 minute break for lunch.
  • Classes are designed to target academic and professional skills in the four language skills: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and a focus on Writing.
  • Instructors cater the class to student needs and create lessons focusing on communicative language teaching.
  • Instructors incorporate authentic material, textbooks: Grammar and Beyond Essentials & Final Draft, and Cambridge Learning Management System to enhance student learning.
  • Students will be placed in appropriate course levels from level 1 to level 4 with a placement test taken during orientation. Below is the course description for each level.

Level 1: Survival English

Students in this level focus mostly on simple grammar structures that they can use to survive in New York City. Students will develop basic vocabulary skills, and they will learn how to ask and answer questions based on specific real-life situations they may encounter in New York City—such as shopping at the supermarket, calling the police, listening to subway announcements, making doctor’s appointments, etc. They will also learn to write simple sentences and paragraphs for both work and academic development.


Level 2: Fluency and Speed Development

Students in this level focus on rapidly expanding vocabulary and grammar knowledge to speak about a wide range of topics: family, community, culture, work, goals, etc. The students will begin to read short stories and simple newspaper articles. In addition, students will begin to watch and listen to longer videos to improve listening skills. In this level, the students will improve their paragraph writing skills.


Level 3: Accuracy Development

The students in this level focus heavily on grammar accuracy. The students will learn how to correct their own speaking and writing mistakes. They will learn how to write complete essays for their future academic and professional careers. They will read more complex articles and short stories, and they will learn to speak about more abstract topics related to their jobs and interests.


Level 4: Professional & Academic English

The students in this level focus on the English skills needed to be successful in their academic and professional careers. They will learn how to write college research papers, resumes, cover letters, and professional emails. They will practice listening to longer speeches that they may hear at work and at university. In addition, they will learn how to speak formally and give high-quality presentations.


Free 1-1 tutoring offered throughout the session for additional assistance in any area needed.

In addition to the 18 hours of classes every week, one on one tutoring assistance will be available to students as needed throughout the session for help with: Grammar Practice, Writing Skills, Resume Writing, Personal Statements, etc..


Extra English Club

Students will also have the option of joining our English Club—for free! In this club, the students vote on topics that they want to learn more about. Here are some example topics in our very exciting English club:

  • American Culture: Speaking & Listening Practice
  • The Graphic Novel: Pronunciation Practice
  • English for Work: Passing the Job Interview
  • Expanding Vocabulary: Great American Short Stories
 

TUITION AND CALENDAR

English Club (Free for all students) : Every Friday 10 AM - 12 PM  

 

Spring 2021

Session

1

2

3

Dates

January 19 - February 23

March 1- April 8

April 19 - May 20

Tuition

$ 849

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

12/21/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

1/05/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

1/15/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

2/01/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

2/15/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

2/26/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

3/22/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

4/05/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

4/16/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement Test

Before 1/19/2021

Before 3/01/2021

Before 4/19/2021

Break

2/23/2021 - 2/28/2021

4/9/2021 - 4/18/2021

5/21/2021 -5/23/2021

 

Summer 2021

Session

1

2

Dates

May 24th – June 28th

July 6th – August 9th

Tuition

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

4/26/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

5/10/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

5/21/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

6/08/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

5/22/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

7/02/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

 

Placement

Test

Before 5/24/2021

Before 7/06/2021

Break

6/29/2021 - 7/05/2021

08/10/2021 - 08/15/2021

 

Fall 2021

Session

1

2

3

Dates

August 16th - September 27th

October 4th – November 8th

November 10th- December 16th

Tuition

$849

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

7/19/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

08/02/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

8/13/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

9/06/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

9/20/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

10/01/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

10/13/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

10/27/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

11/08/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement

Test

Before 8/16/2021

Before 10/04/2021

Before 11/10/2021

Break

9/28/2021 - 10/03/2021

11/09/2021

12/17/2021 - TBD

 

 

NEW F-1 STUDENT & TRANSFER STUDENT APPLICATION

New students who wish to apply to the ELI as a full-time F-1 Student Visa holder must submit a formal application to the ELI. This application is for the Form I-20, which is necessary for the F-1 visa.

To receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), follow these steps:

STEP 1:

  1. Completed I-20 Application Form
     
  2.  A scanned copy of passport photo page
     
  3. Affidavit of Support formed signed by your financial sponsor(s) (Included in the Application)
     
  4. Bank statement or bank letter showing proof of financial support ($16,664.00)
     
  5. $1,375 Tuition Deposit (registration fee included)

STEP 2:

  1. Mail or email application and all supporting documents to the English Language Institute:
    • English Language Institute
      Continuing and Professional Studies
      City College of New York
      160 Convent Avenue
      Shepard Hall, Room 2
      New York, NY 10031
       
    • E-mail: eli@ccny.cuny.edu
       
  2.  After ELI receives your application, it takes approximately 1-2 weeks to process your I-20. You will be notified via email. 

STEP 3:

  1. After you receive your Form I-20, apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.

DOWNLOAD:

New Student I-20 Application

Transfer Student Application

NON F-1 (RESIDENT) STUDENT APPLICATION

*If you are not enrolling as an F-1 student, you do not need to submit an application. You can apply online, in person, or by phone. Contact 212-650-7312 or eli@ccny.cuny.edu with questions.   

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ELI STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

Hector's Photo

 

During my time in the program I learned a lot more vocabulary and can express myself in a better way. The teacher helps me with my pronunciation and now can I speak better and clearly. In each session we write essays and I am able to express my ideas on an academic level.  Also, in the online class, we have different activities like oral presentations, quizzes, reading articles and group conversations. One of my favorite perks in the program is you can have a tutorial one on one with a teacher when you are struggling with a grammar rule or wherever you need to learn. The teachers are very friendly and helpful all of the time.

- Hector (Chile) Fall 2019 English Language Institute

 

 

 

Mohamed's PhotoI chose the English Language Institute of City College to be close to my family and have the best quality of education for the low price. I was impressed by the school organization, and the way that the teachers explained the course was outstanding. I really enjoy the online classes. They teach lessons with simplicity and efficiency, and give the homework online. They take care of the smallest details of your problems. During my studies with ELI, I have improved a lot in my writing skills as I am writing essays every week. At first, I could barely write a paragraph without many errors. I was not able to speak with people without mistakes but only after 3 months of taking the class from ELI City College. Now, I can speak with a lot of people and write entire essays virtually error-free. In the class, we try to interact with people virtually to involve our own English speaking. Three months ago, I was worried about how to understand English by only doing online studying classes, but ELI City College helped me to prove to me that I can learn online as well as studying in person. Learning English at ELI City College helps me to achieve my goals.​

- Mohamed (Guinea) Spring 2021 English Language Institute

 

Ana's PhotoI found ELI courses last year and I enjoyed them in October, 2020. As we know, the whole world has changed about the Covid -19 and of course studying style. The very first time, online class was difficult and uncomfortable, but teachers helped me every single step and now studying is easier and more flexible. ELI courses are one of the best exemplary courses which support students to improve their English language skills. I learnt how to write essays correctly, how to understand and listen to the expressions of foreign people in English, because classes are very mixed.  I made new friends and practicing with them is the most helpful for me to develop my English. Teachers are very professionals and very friendly and always helping students individually which is one of the most important. I have a fourth level ahead, which will be harder, but I hope with the help of teachers everything will end well. Believe me, whoever joins this course will never regret it.

- Ana (Georgia) Fall 2020 English Language Institute

ELI POLICIES & DISCOUNTS

Current ELI Policies

  • For student withdrawals, the registration fee is non-refundable. If a student withdraws before the first day of classes, tuition is refunded minus the $25 processing fee.

  • After the first class meeting, no refund will be issued. • Payment must be made in full by the first day of classes, or a $50 late payment fee will be charged.

  • Refund requests must be accompanied by your receipt. The processing of refunds takes one to four weeks.

  • Credit card refunds are credited back to the card used to register for the course(s). Refund via check will be mailed 4 to 6 weeks after cancelled registration

Discounts

We offer discounts to current students through our Student Referral Program. If you are a student who is currently enrolled in the English Language Institute and you refer a new student to our program who successfully enrolls in an English Language Institute Course you will receive a $50 discount on tuition for your next session for EACH student that you enroll.      

Terms  and conditions: to  receive this discount you must be a current student at the English Language Institute. A student will not be able to receive a total discount for one session that exceeds the amount of tuition for one session. A student may not transfer their discount to another  student. The person who has been referred must mention the student that they have been referred by before they enroll in classes in order for a discount to be offered. A student cannot apply the discount to a current session, it must be applied to the next  session that a student will enroll in.  

CONTACT US

Dear current and future students: 

Due to COVID-19, we are currently working remotely, please email the English Language Institute (ELI) at eli@ccny.cuny.edu .