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The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Bridgeport offers three (3) academic curriculum levels:

  • Advanced
  • High Intermediate
  • Low Intermediate

In addition we offer a Beginning level for students who have had limited years of English study before arriving:

  • Beginning

Students are placed in a level by a placement test during Orientation or by a TOEFL or IELTS score submitted before they arrive.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Students learn academic style Writing of multi-paragraph essays and summaries. The Advanced level learns to write research papers.
  • Academic Reading skills at the appropriate level are addressed in all classes.
  • Listening practice is provided by in-class audio and video as well as opportunities in the computer lab. High Intermediate and Advanced classes practice academic lecture listening and note-taking in preparation for university work.
  • Speaking classes allow for formal and informal, individual and small group speaking tasks, and speaking opportunities are integrated into all skill classes.
  • Every level studies all the major areas of Grammar, and Advanced grammar classes focus on editing.

Other Highlights

  • Cultural awareness is part of all classes so that students know how to be successful in a U.S. academic environment.
  • All students can participate in informal conversation groups with American students after class.
  • Students have the opportunity to visit university classes and attend campus lectures.
  • Students write and perform a skit in front of students and teachers.
  • Students prepare and participate in a semi-formal debate with an audience of their peers and/or university faculty.