The English Language Institute

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We welcome you to a space where you will feel cared for and respected and learn English with dignity at any level, from beginners to advanced. You will flourish in an environment that is compassionate, and will be able to achieve your goals of further studies in the English language. Learn with us! Start today!

Programme Purpose

  • To make you a confident speaker and writer of English

  • To lead you to demonstrate proficiency in both written and spoken English

  • To help you obtain a 60% pass in each of the four aspects on a particular level, so that you can move up to the next level

Qualification Outcomes

When you leave us, you will be qualified to:

  • Study English further at any university
  • Study for an undergraduate degree at a university where English is the medium of instruction
  • Study towards a TOEFL certificate, which will qualify you to teach English
  • Engage comfortably in the business world with those who speak only English.

FURTHER STUDIES

If you complete at least one of the English as a Second Language levels in the ELI, you will be able to study English at a university anywhere in the world. What fun that will be! These are some of the additional certificates you could study to set you up as a teacher of English:

TEFL: Teach English as a Foreign Language

TESOL: Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages

TEYLT: Teaching Young Learners and Teenagers

TBE: Teaching Business English

Alumni

Many of our graduates have done extremely well after having completed their English course at the ELI. More than one of them has actually gone on to complete their degree at Helderberg College of Higher Education and become a lecturer here. Another is currently the Director of Financial Services at HCHE.

CURRICULUM : CORE MODULES
Beginner Level

The beginner level is a foundation module for absolute beginners. There are some simple skills at work which incorporates manageable communicative activities. The module is comprised of social and functional language. This level excludes the requirement of prior learning, with the exception of reading and writing skills in the student’s mother tongue.

ELI 100 Beginner Reading (20 credits)
ELI 102 Beginner Writing (20 credits)
ELI 104 Beginner Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 106 Beginner Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

Elementary Level

Language is tightly controlled and graded since there are only one or two words recognisable to the student. As the module progresses, the content becomes more intensive. This gives students practice in dealing with new vocabulary and basic grammar usage in both oral and written communication. The student would have completed the Beginner level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the Elementary level.

ELI 110 Elementary Reading (20 credits)
ELI 112 Elementary Writing (20 credits)
ELI 114 Elementary Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 116 Elementary Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

Pre-Intermediate Level

This level provides the more advanced student with grammar instruction, a range of readings and exercises to further their listening and speaking, as well as their reading and writing skills. The student would have completed the Elementary level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the Pre-Intermediate level.

ELI 120 Pre-Intermediate Reading (20 credits)
ELI 122 Pre-Intermediate Writing (20 credits)
ELI 124 Pre-Intermediate Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 126 Pre-Intermediate Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

Pre-Intermediate Level

This level provides the more advanced student with grammar instruction, a range of readings and exercises to further their listening and speaking, as well as their reading and writing skills. The student would have completed the Elementary level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the Pre-Intermediate level.

ELI 120 Pre-Intermediate Reading (20 credits)
ELI 122 Pre-Intermediate Writing (20 credits)
ELI 124 Pre-Intermediate Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 126 Pre-Intermediate Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

Upper-Intermediate Level

Students are exposed to a variety of challenging and interesting texts. They are encouraged to give their own opinion and participate in discussions and role plays. More challenging grammar, vocabulary, listening and pronunciation exercises are used. The student would have completed the Intermediate level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the Upper-Intermediate level.

ELI 140 Upper-Intermediate Reading (20 credits)
ELI 142 Upper-Intermediate Writing (20 credits)
ELI 144 Upper-Intermediate Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 146 Upper-Intermediate Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

Advanced Level

This level utilizes authentic interviews, radio programmes, literature, discussions, and a variety of writing genres. More challenging grammar and vocabulary concepts are taught. The student would have completed the Upper-Intermediate level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the Advanced level.

ELI 150 Advanced Reading (20 credits)
ELI 152 Advanced Writing (20 credits)
ELI 154 Advanced Grammar (20 credits)
ELI 156 Advanced Speaking / Listening (20 credits)

TOEFL Preparation

The course emphasises listening, reading comprehension, writing and speaking skills with a variety of test simulations. The course is designed to build confidence in written and spoken English and prepares the student for the TOEFL test. The student would have completed the Advanced level or have equivalent proficiency before starting the TOEFL preparatory course.

ELI 160 TOEFL Speaking (20 Credits)
ELI 162 TOEFL Listening (20 Credits)
ELI 164 TOEFL Writing (20 Credits)
ELI 166 TOEFL Reading (20 Credits)

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