The English Language Institute offers courses, tutoring, and programming for non-native speakers of English at Binghamton University.  Learn more about our academic support offerings by selecting from the menu below:

  • New & Prospective Students

    The English Language Institute has completed a small series of webinars for new and prospective students. Although the Webinars focus on new undergraduate students, we believe that graduate students can benefit from them as well. For graduate level course descriptions, please see the "Course Listings" tab below.

    Linda Sukarat, ELI Interim Director: What the English Language Institute Will Do for You

    Trena Haffenden, Lecturer, ELI Conversation Pairs Director: How to Practice Your English Langauge Skills

    Kellie Tompkins, Lecturer: American Culture: Prepare for University Life & Classes

    Staff: Computer Needs, Skills & Perks for International Students Studying at BU

  • Course Listings

    EML 715 Advanced Speaking and Listening Comprehension:  This course is designed to improve ESL students' listening and speaking abilities. Instruction and practice in understanding classroom lectures and discussions are provided. In addition, students work on improving their pronunciation and their ability to express complex ideas in both classroom discussions and formal oral presentations. This course is a variable credit course, pass/fail, offered every Fall and Spring semester. Evaluation is based on listening tests and summaries, oral presentations, and class participation. This course is appropriate for first-year students. The course is offered for variable credit (1-4 credits depending on the Visa needs of students) A P/F grade is given.

    EML 720 Writing for Professionals: This course helps non-native English speaking graduate students gain confidence in their written academic work. Students learn strategies for organizing, writing, editing and presenting academic papers. Variable credit (1-4 credits depending on the Visa needs of students) with a P/F grade is offered.

    EML 725 Oral Communication for Professional Purposes: This course helps graduate students adjust their accent for clearer speech by learning specific features of English pronunciation and giving professional presentations and allows them  to focus on presentations in their field. The course is offered for variable credit (1-4 credits depending on the Visa needs of students) A P/F grade is given.

    GRD 575 Developing International Scholars:  This course is sponsored by the Provost’s office. Students do not pay for it, and they also do not get credit. However, they must register for the course and will receive a P/F grade. In order to pass, they must attend the required number of classes over the semester. This course seeks to improve pronunciation skills as well as interactive teaching methods, discussion facilitation and other skills expected to be used in an American college classroom context.

  • Graduate Tutoring

    Our ELI Tutors can help you with your ELI coursework, understanding an assignment in another class, writing, pronunciation, and so much more.

  • ELI Conversation Pairs Program
  • ELI Conversation Circles

    The ELI Conversation Circles are developed and managed by our English Speaking Assistants (ESAs) each semester. The circles are themed discussions open to both native and non-native English speakers at Binghamton University.

  • Academic Honesty

    Binghamton University takes academic honesty very seriously. Academic honesty policies protect Binghamton University's research and reputation. It is important that you familiarize yourself with our policies and procedures.

  • Resources
    Language learning is a life-long process, but there are resources to help beyond our offerings at BU. 
ELI Office Information

Old Champlain 310
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Telephone: (607) 777-2320


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