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English Language Instruction

English Language Improvement Program

Language Coordinator, Linda Abe

View English Proficiency Exam information at the Office of International Services website.

The English Language Improvement Program provides courses for international students who need to improve their English language skills. These courses are available to graduate, undergraduate, and special students who are officially registered at Indiana University and who are non-native speakers of English.

These courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the Department of Second Language Studies, SLST-T101 (undergraduate), SLST-T501 (graduate), and are administered by staff from the Department of Second Language Studies. They are designed for students who require additional English language training. These courses typically do not count toward degree credits.  They are, however, identical to other university courses in that grades are awarded, and the courses fulfill visa requirements for full-time student enrollment status.

Course placement is based on a student’s performance on the Indiana English Proficiency Examination, a locally prepared test.  Prospective students will be given more information about this test by their University Division advisor or by their graduate department.

The following is a list of courses that are available to enrollees in the ELIP. For the exact times, locations, and class numbers for the courses below, check the Schedule of Classes on OneStart.

T101 Courses (variable topics, check class schedule)

Academic Listening (2 cr.)

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to develop listening and note taking skills for academic purposes.  Attention will be given to developing strategies that will increase students' ability to comprehend, predict, summarize and review.  Students will listen to authentic academic lectures and will engage in exercises that will evaluate comprehension of content as well as utilization of strategies.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time students status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Pronunciation (2 cr.)

This course is designed to help non-native speakers of English communicate effectively in academic settings.  The class will have a special focus on creating individualized pronunciation curricula, along with an emphasis on recognizing and utilizing appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns.  Attention will be given to understanding and applying the principles that govern pronunciation and stress patterns.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Speaking Fluency Development (2 cr.)

This course is designed to familiarize non-native speakers of English with the basic components of fluency that include speech rate, pause times, and the quality and quantity of connected speech between pauses.   After listening to and analyzing the spontaneous speech patterns of native-speakers, learners will attend to the spontaneous speech of their classmates and themselves by engaging in communicative exercises in the context of a university setting.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Academic Discussion (2 cr.)

This course is designed to develop speaking and listening skills of non-native speakers of English to facilitate effective participation in American university class discussions. Students will participate in discussion teams, lead group discussions and respond to comments made by the other students on their team.  Students will develop pragmatic awareness through asking and answering questions, taking positions and reacting to others’ positions as well as evaluating their own and their classmates’ discussion techniques. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Depending on which course you are placed into first by the results of the English Proficiency Exam, you must take the L2 Academic Literacy Development courses 1, 2 and 3 in sequential order.

Level 1: L2 Academic Literacy Development (2 cr.)

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to build fluency in both reading and writing for academic purposes. Attention will be given to increasing reading speed, reading comprehension, writing fluency, understanding the writing process and developing skills in narrative and descriptive writing. The course will include fiction and non-fiction reading that will introduce students to American college life and undergraduate literacy expectations. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Level 2: L2 Academic Literacy Development (2 cr.)

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to develop clarity in their academic writing and increase reading comprehension of academic texts.  Attention will be given to developing skills in summarizing and evaluating perspectives from multiple sources, to identify textual features of a variety of genre and to increase focus, support, and logical development in expository and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Level 3: L2 Academic Literacy Development (2 cr.)

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who already demonstrate fluency and clarity in their reading and writing skills, but need to develop useful editing strategies to increase accuracy in writing.  Attention will be given to identifying textual features of a variety of genre in a range of academic disciplines.  Students will be introduced to multiple style sheets. The course will include disciplinary readings and require research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

T501 Courses

Academic Writing (3 cr.)                                                                                                                                                                                                    This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to develop academic writing skills appropriate for the presentation of research at the graduate level in an American university.  Students will engage in writing exercises as well as practice procedures essential to the production of graduate-level research, such as selection and documentation of sources, paraphrasing, avoidance of plagiarism, review of literature, summarizing, and formatting of citations and bibliographies.  Practice will culminate in the writing of a 10-15 page research paper.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

Improving Comprehensibility (2 cr.)                                                                                                                                                                                This is a graduate level course designed to familiarize non-native speakers of English with the basic features of the sound system of American English and analyze how those sounds are produced.  In addition to pronunciation, there will be a focus on recognizing the common speech patterns of students and teachers in an American university setting.  Students will engage in identifying, analyzing and practicing patterns of stress, rhythm and intonation.  Emphasis will be placed on self-evaluation of speech samples in order to target areas in need of improvement.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.  

Academic Speaking (2 cr.)                                                                                                                                                                                                This course is designed to further develop fluency and speaking and listening skills which are required for successful participation in graduate courses.  Attention will be given to increasing students' ability to participate in academic talk with a decrease in pause times and an increase in the quality and quantity of connected speech.  Students will practice negotiating meaning in group discussions as well as give individual academic presentations.  Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a degree.

T502 Course (3 elective credits)

Communication Skills for International AI's

This course is designed for international graduate students who need to be effective teachers in the U.S. university classroom.  This course addresses the pronunciation, communication, delivery, and cultural issues international graduate students may confront as associate instructors at Indiana University.  SLST T502 concentrates on the individual needs of each student, such as standard North American English pronunciation, classroom fluency, as well as communicative and teaching strategies, which can compensate for accented speech.  In addition to class time, weekly individual meetings with the instructor are provided to address the above objectives.