What is the English Language Institute (ELI)?

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a semi-intensive language program based in Colorado Springs designed to meet the needs of those individuals who could use assistance with English as a second language ESL in order to continue their academic goals.

Who should enroll:

  • Are you planning to go to an American college or university?
  • Do you need to improve English skills for the work environment?
  • Are you interested in improving your ability to read, write, and speak English?

A few words from our students.

Example Classes I Might Take

Provides listening and speaking activities that help students recognize and produce English vowel and consonant sounds and common stress and intonation patterns.
Reviews basic grammar and introduces intermediate structures. Provides integrated practice through a variety of oral and written exercises.
Provides listening and speaking activities that help the student communicate more competently. Provides practice with pronunciation, vocabulary, and basic grammatical patterns.
Improves comprehension of simple written texts through vocabulary building and reading strategies.
Introduces the fundamentals of paragraph organization and development. Assists the student in developing sentence variety and grammatical competency within well-organized paragraphs.

Levels of Study

The English Language Institute has three levels of study: basic, intermediate, and advanced. Students who place in the basic level take three classes in that level before moving on to intermediate. Students in the intermediate level take three classes before moving on to advanced. There are three classes in the advanced level. Those who complete our advanced level will receive a Certificate of Completion. Many students who finish the ELI program continue at PPCC. The ELI offers classes in grammar, writing, reading, listening/speaking, and pronunciation.

Our ELI sequence chart shows you the required classes for each level of our program and a brief description of each course.

Flexible Schedules

The English Language Institute offers both daytime and evening classes in the fall and spring semesters. The classes meet twice a week (either on Mondays and Wednesdays or on Tuesdays and Thursdays) and go for 15 weeks. In the summer semester, basic and intermediate classes are offered. They meet in the daytime four days per week, Monday through Thursday, for 10 weeks. Take a look at our current brochure and schedule.

Workplace ESL

Pikes Peak Community College is offering a new ESL course to improve your English skills in the workplace. Registration begins in August. Please see our Workforce Training for more information on the course and how you can register.

Meet with us for assistance with Enrollment.

Once you have applied, we would love to help you with enrollment or answer any questions you may have. Please take the time to visit us at the Centennial Campus in room F 200 or call us at 502-3535 to get instructions on how to take our placement test and make an appointment with one of our advisors. We'll sit down with you and help you register for the classes that will best meet your needs.

Andrew Likins

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Andrew Likins

English Language Institute Chair

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Important dates:

Fall semester:

August 22 - December 8

Registration opens for spring 2017:

November 7

Spring semester:

January 16 - May 4

Get started in ELI

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