English Language Institute "Your home for excellence in English teaching." 2014-04-17T17:40:37Z http://sites.udel.edu/eli/feed/atom/ lowell <![CDATA[ELI Big Garden Day]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5279 2014-03-19T23:04:24Z 2014-03-19T23:01:06Z Spring will be here for sure by this Saturday, March 22.

Come help open the Community Garden for the 2014 growing season!


When: March 22nd , 9AM -1PM

Where: Community Garden at ELI, 189 West Main St.

Who: Anyone interested in being outdoors and meeting other interested gardeners.

Why: It’s a great community cause! See the attached information flyer.


Let us know when you will be there so that we can plan:

lowell <![CDATA[Session IV ELI Activities]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5254 2014-03-14T18:00:27Z 2014-03-14T17:59:17Z Friday, March 14 – ELI Meet and Greet Activities

An evening of games and fun. 108 E. Main – 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, March 22 – trip to Baltimore Inner Harbor

Leave 318 S. College Ave. at 9:00 a.m.  Leave Baltimore at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30.  On sale now. Purchase at 189 W. Main between 2:00 and 4:30.


Friday, March 28 – ELI Ice Skating

UD Fred Rust Ice Arena – 7:00 to 10:15 p.m.   Free admission with your UD ID card.  Pay $4.00 for skate rental.  Free shuttle bus from 318 S. College Ave.


Friday, April 4 – ELI Bowling

Brunswick Blue Hen Lanes (Newark Shopping Center) 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  Pay $10 at the bowling alley.


Friday, April 11 – New York City trip

Leave 318 S. College Ave. at 7:00 a.m.  Leave Empire State Building at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are free.  $20 deposit is required.  The deposit will be refunded on the bus.  No refund for students who do not attend the trip.  Purchase at 189 W. Main between 2:00 and 4:30.


Saturday, April 19 – Washington D. C. trip

Leave 318 S. College Ave. at 8:00 a.m.  Leave Washington at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $35. On sale now.  Purchase at 189 W. Main between 2:00 and 4:30.

lowell <![CDATA[ELI Scholarship Dates for Session V 2014]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5251 2014-03-14T17:00:25Z 2014-03-14T17:00:25Z Scholarships can be picked up on Thursday,  March 27th.

Last day to pick up Scholarships  is Wednesday,  April  2nd.

Completed Scholarships must be turned in by Friday, April 4th

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[New Program from OISS: International Coffee Hour]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5121 2014-02-12T13:45:29Z 2014-02-12T13:45:29Z coffeehour

The University of Delaware Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) has announced the launch of a weekly social program, International Coffee Hour, this first of which will be held from 4-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, at 44 Kent Way.

International Coffee Hour is a place to make new friends, practice language skills and learn about different cultures while enjoying a free cup of coffee or tea and snacks. All members of the University community are invited to attend.

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[UD Signs Agreement with Japan’s Saitama University]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5068 2014-01-29T23:08:12Z 2014-01-29T23:08:12Z ELI will play a central role in the agreement

A new agreement between the University of Delaware and Japan’s Saitama University, signed Jan. 27 at UD, is designed to expand the cultural horizons and foreign language capabilities of students at both institutions.


Under the agreement, UD’s prestigious English Language Institute (ELI) will provide short-term language immersion programs for Saitama students over the next five years. Also offered will be a bridge program, whereby Saitama students can study English as a Second Language (ESL) part time at the ELI, while concurrently taking one to two UD credit courses through the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

Click here to read the full article

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[Evening Program Registration is Open]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=5013 2014-01-18T14:36:45Z 2014-01-18T14:34:32Z The ELI offers a semi-intensive, nine-week series of courses in the evening. In this program, participants focus on the development of their English Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar skills.

Typical participants in the Evening Program include residents of the Delaware region, au pairs, spouses of UD international students, etc.

Registration for the Evening Program is now open! For more information, click on one of the following links:

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[Now Available for Download: The ELI 2013 Holiday Newsletter!]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=4995 2014-01-03T20:13:54Z 2014-01-03T20:10:36Z Great news! The ELI 2013 Holiday Newsletter is now available for download in PDF format!

Don’t worry–all paper copies of the newsletter have been mailed to our alumni and colleagues around the world. You should receive your copy very soon! In the meantime, why wait? Start reading the newsletter today!

Click here (or on the image above) to open the ELI 2013 Holiday Newsletter in PDF

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[Alumna’s acting spark catches fire]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=4952 2013-12-18T14:11:29Z 2013-12-18T14:09:33Z ELI alumna Ivette Li-Sanchez stars in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

Official promotion photo - Ivette Li-Sanchez

From the ELI Annual Holiday Newsletter 2013

When fans of the 2011 blockbuster film “Hunger Games” eagerly watch the newly released sequel, “Catching Fire,” they will grip the arms of their chairs as 24 young people — the “tributes” — fight to the death for the honor of their districts. And when the District Five tribute girl appears on the screen, some ELI alumni will do a double take to see the familiar face of a former ELI classmate. Session III 2010’s star student, valedictorian Ivette Li-Sanchez, never dreamed that in less than four years she would be a star on the big screen.

In her home country of Venezuela, Ivette studied animal husbandry. When she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 2009 to join her mother, she realized that to work in her field in the United States, she would have to retake her undergraduate courses — a discouraging prospect. As a result, Ivette found herself in search of a new career. First, however, she knew that no matter which direction she would eventually take, a key to her success would be mastery of the English language. When a friend recommended the ELI to her, she set off to Delaware to begin her American adventure.

Ivette decided to commit four months — two ELI sessions — to her language learning goals.

“I didn’t know what I was going to do for a living and was really open to starting a new life path. That’s why I picked the ‘English for fun’ classes, as my friends taking the academic and pre-MBA courses used to call them.”

Ivette started at Level V in Leslie Criston’s “deeply moving” Read It! Watch It! and Walt Babich’s “unforgettable” Stories class. In the following session, she moved on to Carolina Correa’s Reading and Writing in Your Field — “My ‘serious’ class. I will always remember how inspired I got from day one.”

And, of course, there was Debbie Darrell’s English through Drama.

“It was phenomenal!  That was like my initiation as a scriptwriter, assistant director, production assistant, dancer … It was a team effort, just like all major productions.”

Debbie’s praise of Ivette is equally enthusiastic.

“Ivette was the focal point that brought the class together. She filled in all the gaps, making the flyers, working out costumes — she saved the day for the class, without ever taking the glory.”

Despite the triumph of the Drama class’s performance, “Oops 3,” the thought of acting as a career didn’t creep into Ivette’s mind just yet, but she says the ELI experience did empower her. “Communication is a vital piece in the process of adapting to a new country, and to me, being able to feel more self-confident with the language opened more possibilities for an enjoyable adventure as a newcomer in America.”

Back in Atlanta after her ELI stint, Ivette got a job at a staffing agency, at first performing short-term warehouse tasks such as gluing boxes and sticking bar codes into textbooks. Her ability and work ethic were quickly noticed. Within six months, she was promoted to production team specialist. The future looked bright. “Yet something in my life was still missing.” To fill that gap, Ivette sought out acting classes.

“At the beginning, I considered it as my way to stay in English training in a fun and interesting way. It was my little treasure — the hobby that balanced my warehouse work life with my artistic nature, the place where I could be myself and forget about the burden of the day.”

While her acting classes deeply satisfied her creative side, the production job did not. She resigned from her position and decided to “honor my second nature”: sewing, a craft she had learned as a child from her mother’s hand. She took up freelancing as a seamstress, with some occasional fashion designing, all the while religiously attending her acting classes.

As freelancing afforded her both time flexibility and financial peace of mind, Ivette started to consider her “little treasure” as a potential career. Through a contact in her acting class, she applied for a spot in a Hollywood production.

“When I was selected to work in ‘Catching Fire’ as the District Five female victor tribute, I got the sign that I needed to accept that acting was more than a hobby but a passion, and the journey as an actress began.”

Since “Catching Fire” completed filming in 2012, Ivette has been involved in a few independent cinematic projects, all the while remaining devoted to her beloved acting classes to continually improve her craft. Sewing and designing have not fallen by the wayside: she currently sews garments for SteamPunk Couture, an Oregon-based clothing company, and has paired up with a friend to make designs of their own.

Thinking back on her four months at the ELI at the very beginning of her American adventure, Ivette reflected,

“The ELI experience absolutely had a great impact on my life. I would live it again if I could. Everyone there is so involved and passionate with their work, and that is certainly contagious.”

ELI faculty and staff are delighted to have passed on a spark of their passion to a rising star.  SP

*Photo from www.catchingfirecasting.com.

Article by: Sarah Petersen, Editor-in-Chief

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[SALC All-Stars: Session II 2013]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=4946 2013-12-13T21:13:07Z 2013-12-13T21:13:07Z Congratulations to this session’s SALC All-Stars!

SALC All Stars

Nadia Redman <![CDATA[Brazil Scientific Mobility Program]]> http://sites.udel.edu/eli/?p=4914 2013-12-05T01:18:00Z 2013-12-05T01:18:00Z The ELI Welcomes Brazilian Scholarship Students to the Intensive English Program

This fall, the ELI welcomed 10 students to our Intensive English Program via the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP), a scholarship that is funded by the Brazilian government and is administered by the Institute for International Education.

The BSMP scholarship allows students to study English for up to one year in full-time ESL courses or via Bridge programming.

The students pictured above are the first group to study at the ELI in BSMP’s “Long-Term English” program. This program allows students to study Intensive English for up to one year through a combination of full-time study or Bridge programming.

Upon completion of their ESL programs, these students will participate in one to two semesters of full-time academic study in undergraduate STEM fields, such as Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Mathematics.

This semester’s BSMP students at the ELI are: Matheus Amaral Vieceli, Andre Borges, Camila Campos Ramos, Caroline de Bortoli, Thiago Caldeira, Luiz Lopes, Raphael Alves, Hugo Tefili, Bethania Borges Tura, and Ana Luiza Detomi.

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