Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

English Language Improvement Program

Language Coordinator: Linda Abe


View English Proficiency Exam information at the Office of International Services website.

The English Language Improvement Program provides courses for international students who need to improve their English language skills. These courses are available to graduate, undergraduate, and special students who are officially registered at Indiana University and who are non-native speakers of English.

These courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes under the Department of Second Language Studies and are administered by staff from the Department of Second Language Studies. They are designed for students who require additional English language training. These courses typically do not count toward degree credits. They are, however, identical to other university courses in that grades are awarded, and the courses fulfill visa requirements for full-time student enrollment status.

Course placement is based on a student's performance on the Indiana Academic English Test (IAET), a locally prepared test. Prospective students will be given more information about this test by their University Division advisor or by their graduate department.

The following is a list of courses that are available to enrollees in the ELIP. For the exact times, locations, and class numbers for the courses below, check the Schedule of Classes on One.IU

English Language Improvement Courses

Update for Fall 2017:

All T101 Course Topics have been renumbered and split into individual courses as listed below. Please see your advisor for more details.

SLST-T101: Academic Literacy Development Level 1 for Multilingual Students(2 cr.)

This course is designed for non-native speakers of English who need to build fluency in both reading and writing for academic purposes. Attention will be given to increasing reading speed, reading comprehension, writing fluency, understanding the writing process and developing skills in descriptive and narrative writing. The course will include fiction and non-fiction readings that will introduce students to American college life and undergraduate literacy expectations.Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.

SLST-T111: Academic Literacy Development Level 2 for Multilingual Students(2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 101. Develops skills in summarizing and evaluating perspectives from multiple sources; identifying textual features of a variety of genre; and increasing focus, support, and logical development in expository and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.

SLST-T121: Academic Literacy Development Level 3 for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 111. For non-native speakers of English, who already demonstrate fluency and clarity in their reading and writing skills, but need to develop useful editing strategies to increase accuracy in writing. Attention given to identifying textual features of a variety of genre in a range of academic disciplines. Introduces multiple style sheets. Includes disciplinary readings and research writing. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.

SLST-T102: Academic Listening for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

For non-native speakers of English who need to develop listening and note-taking skills for academic purposes. Develops strategies to increase students' abilities to comprehend, predict, summarize and review. Students listen to academic lectures and engage in exercises that evaluate comprehension of content as well as utilization of strategies. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.

SLST-T103: Pronunciation Improvement for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

Helps non-native speakers of English communicate effectively in academic settings. Focuses on creating individualized pronunciation curricula and recognizing and utilizing appropriate stress, rhythm and intonation patterns. Attention to understanding and applying the principles that govern pronunciation and stress patterns. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.

SLST-T104: Speaking Fluency Development for Multilingual Students (2 cr.)

P: SLST-T 103. Familiarizes non-native speakers of English with the basic components of fluency, including speech rate, pause times, and the quality and quantity of connected speech between pauses. Speech patterns of native speakers are analyzed to aid learners, who then engage in communicative exercises. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not accrue toward the total number required for a degree. Taught as an 8-week course.


SLST-T501: Academic English for International Graduate Students (2-3 cr.)

Designed to improve spoken or written skills for graduate school. Sections on academic writing (research papers, references, reviews, and critical syntheses) and academic speaking (presentations, discussions, and group work) address a range of academic writing and speaking styles. May be taken more than once if topic is different. Credit hours, though counting toward full-time student status, do not count toward the completion of a graduate degree.

T502 Course (3 elective credits): Communication Skills for International AI's

This course is designed for international graduate students who need to be effective teachers in the U.S. university classroom. This course addresses the pronunciation, communication, delivery, and cultural issues international graduate students may confront as associate instructors at Indiana University. SLST T502 concentrates on the individual needs of each student, such as standard North American English pronunciation, classroom fluency, as well as communicative and teaching strategies, which can compensate for accented speech. In addition to class time, weekly individual meetings with the instructor are provided to address the above objectives.

The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.