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The English Language Institute (ELI) offers English language courses for students at the University of Michigan who speak English as an additional language. ELI classes are small, interactive, and provide students with extensive one-on-one feedback. 

  • Open to undergraduate students in all schools
  • No extra course fees—included in full-time tuition
  • Courses count toward the 120 credits required for graduation
  • Graded Credit/No Credit (does not affect GPA)
  • See the LSA Course Guide for detailed information about each course
  • Register via Wolverine Access

ELI 131 - Interactive Communication

This course is designed to develop conversational fluency. You will explore and practice modes of communication that fluent, experienced speakers of English use in academic settings. You will develop your interactive speaking skills and learn to understand the cultural practices of language and communication in academic situations such as seminars, meetings with professors, and collaboration with classmates.

Intended Audience:

This course is designed for international first-year or incoming transfer students who are new to US academic institutions. Students at more advanced undergraduate standing may be interested in this course if they desire to improve spoken fluency or their ability to interact in academic contexts.


ELI 236 - Pronunciation I

This class will enhance your ability to make yourself understood, whether on campus or in the larger community. We’ll identify the features of pronunciation that can maximize your clarity, and will introduce ways to practice these features to make them more automatic.

You’ll learn how to identify, prioritize, and improve the features of connected speech (e.g. syllabification, intonation, word stress, and rhythm, linking, voice projection) and of specific sounds (e.g. r/l, f/p, vowels) that will have the biggest impact on your own speaking clarity. Awareness of these features of English pronunciation will also support your listening to conversational English.

Through conversations and discussions, use of free online technologies, dramatic performance, small group tutorials, and strategies for improving pronunciation outside of class, you’ll learn how to hear your own pronunciation patterns and how to adjust these patterns to maximize your ability to make yourself more easily understood on campus and beyond.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate international or non-native English speaking students who are seeking to improve the clarity of their pronunciation in English. The emphasis of this course is on clarity and fluency in speaking. This course can be taken alongside other speaking ELI courses.