English Language Institute (ELI)

As practical preparation for ministry, the English Language Institute will prepare non-native English speaking students to learn and communicate in English at the academic level and use English for global ministry. Support will be provided through formal classroom instruction, computer-assisted learning, and cultural immersion opportunities.

Students with non-F visas or F1 visas may study full time in ELI (18 ELI hours per semester).
Students with F2 visas may study part time (up to 17 ELI hours per semester).

Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 61 is required.

Successful completion of the full ELI program may result in a TOEFL waiver for students applying for undergraduate and graduate programs at SWBTS (except ThM and doctoral programs).

ELI can be completed by acquiring 36 hours of course credit. ELI courses are recorded on a student’s adult education transcript.

English Language Institute (ELI) Courses

ELCHP 1003 Chapel
ELI students must pass two semesters of chapel. Three hours.

ELLAB 1113 Language Lab/Cultural Practice
ELI students must pass two semesters of Language Lab/Cultural Practice. Three hours.

ELORC 1114 Beginning & Intermediate Oral Communication
Designed for ELI students at the beginning and intermediate levels to improve skills in speaking, presenting, listening, and actively participating in an American classroom setting. Four hours.

ELGRM 1114 Beginning & Intermediate Grammar
Designed for ELI students at the beginning and intermediate levels to improve English grammar skills, emphasizing formal English used in academic speech and writing. Four hours.

ELRDG 1114 Reading Comprehension & Theological Vocabulary
Designed to equip ELI students with strategies for reading academic texts while building their vocabulary, especially theological vocabulary pertaining to coursework at SWBTS. Four hours.

ELORC 1124 Advanced Oral Communication
Designed for ELI students at the advanced level to improve skills in speaking, presenting, listening, and actively participating in an American classroom setting. Four hours.

ELGRM 1124 Advanced Grammar
Designed for ELI students at the advanced level to improve English grammar skills, emphasizing formal English used in academic speech and writing. Four hours.

ELWRT 1124 Advanced Writing & Composition
Designed for ELI to develop academic writing skills, including appropriate style, development, and research skills.  Four hours.

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