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The English Language Institute (ELI) attracts talented students from around the world who have studied English for at least three years and who seek to enhance their English language skills in a supportive and rigorous five-week program.Through the use of a wide variety of language learning strategies, ELI courses in Expository and Creative Writing, Reading Skills, and an elective of the student’s choosing drive substantive changes in each student’s ability to read, write, speak, and understand spoken English while working both independently and collaboratively with peers.

Several trips to key cultural and elite educational sites within New England are included in the ELI program and enable students to practice their language and artistic skills through immersive experiences with American culture in a variety of settings.

ELI students have numerous opportunities to interact with students enrolled in our other programs through shared elective courses as well as dorm life, afternoon activities and athletics, meals in the dining hall, and special events planned through the Student Activities Center.

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ELI 2022 3

For the first time I was able to communicate with native English speakers and I was able to find out how the language is spoken on an everyday basis. —2022 ELI Student

ELI 2022 2

By participating in the program, I became more open-minded. Since there were people from different parts of the world I got to view their perspective of things and it made a huge impact on me. —2022 ELI Student

ELI 2022 1

Although I was skeptical at first, I quickly realized that Choate wasn’t like anything I’ve been through. The campus combined with the freedom you have during the program truly makes it a unique and fun experience. —2022 ELI Student