This page is for alumni (former students) of the University of Delaware English Language Institute.
Here, you can connect with ELI tutors and continue practicing English, even after you have left your ELI home. We started this service because we care about our alumni and all that they have brought to our campus and community, and we want to continue helping you to reach your language learning goals.
The ELI is the first intensive English program in the United States to offer virtual tutoring via Skype video and chat, specifically for alumni, for free. On this webpage, you can also find important resources and forms to assist your needs after graduation.
We hope to continue to add to and improve this alumni webpage so that it can be the best possible resource for you!
Coming soon: Look out for the new Tutor Blog to practice your reading and writing skills!
Request your ELI Transcript
If you need to show your transcript to a n employer or school, or if you just would like it for your files, you can fill this form out and we can mail it to you:
Request your ELI Certificate
If you were unable to attend graduation, and you would like a copy of your certificate, complete this form and we will save it for someone to pick up for you or mail it to an address of your choice:
Request a Statement to your Account
We would be happy to send you a statement of your account from when you studied at the ELI. This might be useful if you have recently graduated and you need it for your bank, or for your sponsor:
Update Your Contact Information
This is important so that you can continue to receive our annual newsletter:
Share your news with us
We may include your update in our annual newsletter–so share any news about your new job, promotion, marriage, children, accomplishments, or anything else that is happening in your life–your old classmates will love to hear from you:
Skype with a Tutor
All of us at the University of Delaware English Language Institute hope that this new resource can help you, our alumni, to refresh and continue practicing your English, even after leaving your ELI home! Our tutors are available to help you improve your English skills, answer questions, or practice your English with a native or fluent speaker.
To get started, here is what you need to do:
- You need to have a Skype account to start your video or instant messaging chat with us.
If you do not have one, you can sign up for a free account on the Skype website.
- You must also have a computer or device that has a webcam, microphone, and screen for video chatting.
A smartphone will work if you have the Skype app downloaded.
- Log on to your Skype account (using your computer or your phone).
- Search for our tutor contact usernames, and add all of them to your contact list
- When you see a tutor online, send them a message to see if they are available!
No tutors are online - what do I do?
Tutors are not always available online during a session break, when they have other students, or if you are in a different time zone (they might be sleeping while you’re awake!)
If there are no tutors online, you can send a video message to one of them on Skype asking any questions that you have, or requesting specific topics for tutors to discuss. Then, the tutor you have left the message for will send you a video message in response as soon as they are able, or message you to connect at another time.
You can also send us an e-mail to request a tutor to reach out to you: firstname.lastname@example.org.[Write this in the email subject line: Alumni – Skype tutoring]
Skype Tutoring Guidelines
Tutoring students online in English via Skype is different from tutoring face-to-face in the Tutoring Center of the ELI. Just as we have guidelines for tutoring there, we have guidelines for Skype tutoring as well:
- Be in a location that has a strong Wifi connection.
- Sit somewhere that is quiet and brightly lit
- Use your headphones if you can.
- Try to prepare what you would like to work on, or the topics you would like to discuss.
- Do not answer your cellphone or have other websites up while Skyping with a tutor.
- Speak or type only in English, just like when you were at the ELI.
- Be respectful in your communications.
- If you schedule a time with a tutor, be on time – or let them know if you will be late or need to reschedule.
- Recognize that sometimes internet connections will cause issues with the Skype video or audio conversations. Please be patient with our tutors when this occurs, just as they will do the same for you when that happens.
- Be aware that any Skype conversations that our tutors feel are inappropriate or that are spam will immediately be disconnected and the user will be blocked from contacting any of our tutors in the future.
ELI Skype Tutors
The below ELI Tutors will be logged on to this Skype account (Skype name: UD_ELI_AlumniTutor) on the scheduled days and times listed next to their names for Session I17 (August 28 – October 20 2017).
Please note that there is no tutoring on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays, and times listed are Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Mondays | 8:30-10:20 AM
Mondays | 4-5:50 PM
Tuesdays | 8:30-10:20 AM
Tuesdays | 4-5:50 PM
Wednesdays | 8:30-10:20 AM
Wednesdays | 4-5:50 PM
Thursdays | 8:30-10:20 AM
Thursdays | 4-5:50 PM
If you are unavailable during the above scheduled times, or if the tutor is busy with other alumni, try one of the tutors listed below, or one of the above tutors during times they are not scheduled. These tutors will be online when they are available, (but not at scheduled times), Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 1:00 PM – 5:50 PM (EDT – Eastern Daylight Time, UTC/GMT – 4 hours).
** We suggest that you add all of the tutors to your contact list on Skype, so when you log on to your Skype account, you will be able to see who is available. Simply click on the “Add me to Skype” button next to each photo, which will then take you to Skype for you to request that they add you to their contacts. It would be helpful if you tell the tutors the dates when you were at the ELI when you ask them to add you to their contacts. **
If the tutor you try to contact is not online, try another tutor. You can also leave a Skype video message, a chat message, or e-mail us at email@example.com, to receive a response from tutors at a later time when they are available.