Credit English Language Courses

The ELI offers five credit courses specifically designed to support undergraduate and graduate non-native English language students and faculty who are talented academically but may need English language support. These 16-week credit courses are offered in the fall and spring, and some are offered in the summer. MSU determines the ELI courses that credit students are placed in according to several factors.

ESL 5110 American Language and Culture I: Each course consists of six different courses (1-18 hours per week) at a high-beginning to low-intermediate English language level; courses cover reading, writing, grammar, and listening and speaking skills.

ESL 5120 American Language and Culture II: This consists of six different courses (1-18 hours per week) at a low-intermediate to high-intermediate English language level; courses cover reading, writing, grammar, and listening and speaking skills.

ESL 5313 Classroom Communication and Presentations: This three-hour credit course (3 hours per week) focuses on improving interpersonal and intercultural communication skills as well as effectively participating in classroom discussions and oral presentations in English. Students will:

  • improve their understanding of cultural expectations in the classroom.
  • improve their use and understanding of idioms and proverbs.
  • learn to avoid miscommunication and to clarify their intentions.
  • learn to be successful in group discussions and projects.
  • learn techniques for presenting or teaching information.

ESL 5323 Academic Research & Writing: This three-hour credit course (3 hours per week) focuses on improving learner’s ability to compose and document reports and research papers. Students will:

  • become familiar with the mechanics and formats of formal writing.
  • learn the technical aspects of organizing and composing research papers.
  • learn various documentation styles used in different academic and professional fields.
  • develop sentence structure and writing skills.
  • practice critical reading.
  • become familiar with the resources in the library.

ESL 5333 Critical Reading: This three-hour credit course (3 hours per week) focuses on improving understanding and discussing the content of authentic academic reading materials and classroom lectures. Students will:

  • learn American classroom (cultural) norms.
  • practice reading skills at the level that is expected of college students.
  • develop professional reading skills for authentic reading exercises.
  • expand professional and academic vocabulary.