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Mini Courses

For Winter 2022, ELI Mini Courses are being offered in a variety of formats, including fully online, to accommodate students in all time zones. 

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers English mini courses for students at the University of Michigan who speak and write 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)
  • Register via Wolverine Access

ELI 122 - Writing for Campus and Career

In this course, you will learn techniques for enhancing your academic English writing. You will also learn how to apply these techniques to professional writing situations such as applications for jobs, internships, or graduate school. You will analyze and write a range of academic and professional genres, including academic essays, professional emails, statements of purpose, resume cover letters, and personal bio sketches. You will write individually and collaborate with other students on group assignments. All students receive extensive feedback on their writing from the instructor. The overall goal of the course is for you to become a more flexible, independent writer.

In this course, you will:

  • Analyze a variety of common academic and professional written texts
  • Complete 4-6 short writing assignments, including at least one collaborative text
  • Learn to give and receive feedback on your writing via peer-review activities
  • Develop techniques for revising and editing your writing
  • Identify your individual grammar and usage issues and develop strategies for addressing them
  • Learn about self-study resources to continue improving your writing in the future

Intended audience: 

This course may be right for you if you are an undergraduate international student or second-language speaker and are looking to improve the power and impact of your writing in English. 

(1 Credit)


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 students and others who speak/write English as a second language who desire to improve spoken fluency or their ability to interact in academic contexts.

(1 credit)

ELI 210 - English Vocabulary for Speaking and Writing

Do you find that you sometimes lack the words to say exactly what you want to express? Do you wish to write in a more academic style? This course offers a unique interactive online approach to enhancing your written and spoken English vocabulary. 

In this course, you will:

  • develop vocabulary-building strategies
  • learn how to make more effective word choices
  • expand your everyday, informal vocabulary
  • learn how to use free online vocabulary tools

The course is highly individualized to meet the language needs of each student. We will work together to establish your vocabulary goals, plan your own personalized learning path, and track your progress. 

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate international and other second-language speakers/writers who are seeking to improve their vocabulary in speaking and writing. 

(1 credit)

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:

This course is designed for international students and others who speak/write English as a second language who seek to improve the clarity of their pronunciation in English. This course can be taken alongside other speaking ELI courses.

(1 credit)