Program Information

Study English Language in the United States

Marshall University’s English Language Institute (ELI) prepares students for undergraduate and graduate study in the United States. Our rigorous program provides top-quality English language training instruction by our highly experienced instructors.

Throughout the program, students will:

  • Present spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Read, understand, and critically evaluate written texts
  • Use the internet and Marshall library databases to conduct academic research
  • Engage in group work typical of the U.S. university setting

Our courses provide students with the opportunity to learn academic and English language skills in three integrated courses (Reading-Vocabulary, Grammar-Writing, and Speaking-Listening) and a Special Topic course. Special Topic courses are varied from semester to semester. Sample of Special Topic courses that have been offered in the past semesters are Marshall Experience and Career Education, Pronunciation, American Culture & Civics, Transition to the University, Business English, Ceramic Art For English, or Social Media & Gaming Online. Students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

Program Levels

  • Foundational
  • Intermediate
  • Academic Preparatory 1
  • Academic Preparatory 2

Students are placed in the appropriate level based on their score on the DuoLingo placement test.  Students who successfully complete a level (grades of C in each of the three integrated courses) progress to the next level in a following semester.  Students who successfully complete Academic Preparatory 1 level are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement for admission for most Marshall University undergraduate programs. Students who successfully complete Academic Preparatory 2 level are considered to have met the English proficiency requirement for admission for most Marshall University graduate programs.

All new students must attend the ELI orientation. The orientation is held during the week before the program starts date.

Read more information about each level below. The TOEFL or IELTS score ranges are provided only to help students get an idea of which level they might be placed in, not as a guarantee the student will be placed in that level.

The purpose of this level is to help students develop their language and study skills in preparation for the higher levels of English they will study in the English Language Institute and at the university. The primary emphasis is on developing fluency, reading speed, and student’s ability to speak and understand spoken and written English. The approximate equivalent language proficiency scores for students who may place in this level are 32-45 for TOEFL and 4.5 for IELTS.
The purpose of this level is to help students gain intermediate comprehension skills, produce written English, develop vocabulary and academic reading skills. The primary emphasis is on practice in note-taking, organizing, presenting short oral reports and discussion skills, and writing complex sentences and single paragraphs. The approximate equivalent language proficiency scores for students who may place in this level are 46-55 for TOEFL and 5.0 for IELTS.
The purpose of this level is to help students comprehend and produce written and oral English and develop vocabulary and academic reading skills for the purpose of progressing to an undergraduate program. The primary emphasis is on writing essays and a research paper using a variety of reading techniques, target vocabulary in writing and speaking, discussion of academic topics, and listening for both main ideas and details in a lecture. The approximate equivalent language proficiency scores for students who may place in this level are 56-65 for TOEFL and 5.5 for IELTS.

Completion of this level fulfills the English language proficiency requirement for Marshall University undergraduate degree programs admission. There are additional admissions requirements, students can find more information at International Undergraduate.

The purpose of this level is to help students comprehend and produce written and oral English and develop vocabulary and academic reading skills necessary for progression to a graduate program. The primary emphasis is on writing academic research papers, building academic vocabulary, learning the pragmatics of group work, and understanding proficient speakers in academic situations. The approximate equivalent language proficiency scores for students who may place in this level are 66-80 for TOEFL and 6.0 for IELTS.

Completion of this level fulfills the general English language proficiency requirement for Marshall University graduate degree programs admission. There are additional admissions requirements, students can find more information at International Graduate.

Level Placement Test

Level Placement Test Step by Step Instructions

Make sure you understand and follow all rules. This is the only test we accept for the placement. If you are not able to receive certified results, you will be placed into Foundational Level.

You can also download the test information and step by step instructions in MS Word format to help you follow the steps.

Program Durations

  • Fall and Spring: 14 weeks.
  • Summer: 12 weeks (Summer I)

See Marshall University Academic Calendar

Tuition

  • Tuition and Fees: $4,500 per semester.
  • On-Campus Living Expenses: $5,240 per semester
  • Health Insurance: Approximately $650 per semester
  • Books and Supplies: varied by semesters

Cost of attendance is based on an anticipated 5% increase per year.  Actual cost of attendance may vary.

New students must attend the ELI Orientation. The orientation will be held during the week before the program starts.

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