Learn English this summer 2019: Summer 1 starts May 22!
Summer 1: May 22 - June 27
Summer 2: July 1 - August 8
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The English Language Institute, known as ELI, is part of the College of Staten Island/The City University of New York (CUNY). ELI wants to share all the information related to its students and teachers, academic activities, ELI field trips, events, partnerships, fairs, and more.
ELI welcomed students from 13 different nationalities
The Spring term at the English Language Institute (ELI) at the College of Staten Island/CUNY started with a large group. Thirteen nationalities represented the ELI orientation last January 25 when ELI classes started. Staff from the Center for Global Engagement (the international office of the College of Staten Island) and the English Language Instittute welcomed all the students at the largest CUNY campus.
The first exercise in class was standing up and asking their classmates what their hobbies were and where they were from. ELI teachers, David Bridston and Alina Laboy, started their session with an ice-break exercise in order to meet each other. It was exciting to see students from complete different regions or cultures talk to each other. A student from Colombia talking to his new friend from Jordan and a student from Ukraine with a new classmate from Peru made the classes fun and interesting since they spoke about their favorite typical dishes or the city where they were born.
ELI has one big secret for its success: ELI teachers. Students just love them. David Bridston, Alina Laboy, and Keerti Arora, are experienced and certified teachers who love teaching, and especially, taking care of their students' success. Classes are intensive with 18 hours per week, but they make sure students have fun, smile, play and learn, and have a great experience with field trips and extra activities that let them learn English in a fun setting.
Many ELI students want to apply to the College of Staten Island, apply to its more than 80 majors, or other CUNY schools, while other students come for one semester to improve their English skills (speaking, writing, reading, and listening) and return to their home countries to continue with their studies. They meet with other students who are Staten Island or New York residents looking for job opportunities. Overall, the goals are diverse and our teachers make everybody learn in a useful and fun way.
This group started with more than twenty students. The diversity that will take place at ELI classes will be exciting since this Spring term ELI welcomed students from Albania, Bolivia, China, Colombia, Gabon, Japan, Jordan, Libya, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, and Ukraine.
The English Language Institute belongs to the Center for Global Engagement, which is the international office at the College of Staten Island (CSI)/The City University of New York (CUNY), and it has expanded the number of students with its Intensive English Program where students spend between 18 and 22 hours per week learning English. However, learning English at CSI adds the campus experience since they have access to university life with conferences, lectures, sports activities, student clubs, and more.
New students can still join this group since ELI welcomes students every week. Classes will be available until May 22, and we are sure you will be able to learn or improve your English in a quiet area like Staten Island but still close to Manhattan.
English Language Institute
College of Staten Island/CUNY
ELI in Vietnam
Staten Island, New York City
The English Language Institute (ELI) and the Center for Global Engagement of the College of Staten Island attended the graduation of hundreds of English as a Second Language (ESL) students at the largest English institution in Vietnam, the Vietnam-USA Society English Centers (VUS) last February.
The College of Staten Island has an important partnership with VUS and is always invited to award certificates to those who take official English exams such as IELTS tests at VUS. Dr. Stephen Ferst, Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement, and Gonzalo Villena, Director of the English Language Institute, attended this important event, and handed certificates to hundreds of students in Ho Chi Minh City, the capital of Vietnam. The ceremony was held with VUS authorities who were proud of having more than 50,000 ESL students in their branches all over Vietnam.
Dr. Ferst highlighted this partnership with a speech in front of VUS authorities, parents, and students saying that 'the College of Staten Island has been investing in building partnerships with Vietnamese institutions for many years and we are so grateful for the partnership with VUS, which has flourished from the very beginning of our "CUNY Vietnam Project" over twenty years ago.' The graduation ceremony awarded more than 800 students who received IELTS, PET, and KET certificates and graduating from VUS.
ELI in South Korea
ELI in South Korea
ELI is proud to have many Asian students in its English classes, especially from Korea, China, Japan, and Vietnam. You can watch our latest Youtube student testimonial video in Korean here.
ELI in Brazil
ELI attended the largest educational fair in Latin America
BMI is one of the largest educational fair organizations and they offer big events for universities and institutions. BMI organizes fairs in Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Sao Paulo is probably the largest in the world and definitely the largest in Latin America. ELI was invited to promote its English programs. It was a great success since hundreds of Brazilian students came to the ELI stand and asked about learning English in New York and studying undergraduate and graduate programs at the College of Staten Island.
ELI was represented by its director, Mr. Gonzalo Villena, who not only promoted ELI but also CSI and the CUNY system. The College of Staten Island was the only CUNY school that attended this important fair and many Brazilian students and parents were impressed by the largest CUNY campus located in a streategic location in New York City and the English program offered.
ELI in Central America
Staten Island, New York City
ELI participated thanks to its partner, Estudios Internacionales, which is the largest educational agent in Central America. Hundreds of students of this region study abroad thanks to the academic advising Estudios Internacionales provides. This agent works with students in El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Guatemala.
These students may have the chance to learn English at ELI at the College of Staten Island (CSI) and have a great assessment to apply with an F-1 student visa to our school.
ELI talked with hundreds of students explaining our semester and summer terms at the largest CUNY campus. Students were interested in short-term programs before starting a bachelor or master's degree in the USA. The College of Staten Island offers international students the option to apply to CSI after passing the TOEFL test at ELI.
ELI encourages students from Central America to contact our representative in these countries and apply to our English program with them. See you soon in New York City!
ELI online program
ELI will have more than 3,000 students online