English Language Institute

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute was first established as the English as a Second Language Program at Binghamton University in 1984, and recently changed its name in June of 2016. The ELI is part of the Division of Academic Affairs and its courses are University-Wide Courses, in line with its missions to support students in all schools across campus. Our credit-bearing academic English classes in speaking and listening, reading and writing and pronunciation are geared to the advanced English language learner at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Together with the Center for Teaching and Learning and University Tutoring Services, ESL Tutoring plays an important role in our program; trained tutors meet one-on-one with students to assist with a variety of linguistic, social or academic difficulties.

Our support programs include the English Conversation Pairs Program, Conversation Circles and the International Language Association which all provide more access to English and opportunities for cross-cultural understanding and opportunities.

A unique aspect to Binghamton University's ELI is the inclusion of English Speaking Assistants (ESAs) in our academic courses. Junior and senior English speaking students apply and interview to be ESAs as part of a practicum in college teaching course. The course provides a theoretical and practical exposure to the teaching of English and at the same time provides for more one-on-one interaction for students, strengthening the classroom community and the campus culture at large.

Our Mission

The mission of the English Language Institute is to provide the campus community academic English courses, programming, tutoring and general support so that all members of Binghamton University can be successful in their professional and academic endeavors. Through compassionate professionalism in all we do, the ELI strives to create community not only among students on campus but also among offices on campus so as to, together, achieve the goals of Binghamton University.

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Information for Undergraduates

Explore the classes and services available for undergraduate students.



Information for Graduates

Explore the classes and services available for graduate students.



Faculty & Staff Information

Get contact information, and learn more about our ELI Faculty members.


Academic Success Program

Academic Success Program

Information for incoming freshman invited to join the Academic Success Program.



ELI Tutoring

Learn about our ESOL trained tutors and the services they offer.



English Speaking Assistants

Learn how to become an ESA in our classrooms and earn up to 6 credits.



Last Updated: 3/1/17