Course Description

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers international students the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency and develop the skills needed for success in a college or university in the United States. The program is designed for students with a minimum of one year English language training at high school or college level. This class may not be appropriate for advanced ESL students or students with a TOEFL score greater than 500 paper-based or 46 IBT. Students must be at least 18 years old or meet our minor policy requirements. Each session is eight weeks long and classes meet 20 hours per week. Students can combine sessions to stay for up to one year. Classes are offered in grammar, listening, speaking, academic writing, TOEFL preparation, reading, pronunciation, vocabulary, and conversation. Classes are held on MiraCosta College main campus which allows an easy transition into our credit classes for students looking to further their education in the US. 


Course Outline

Typical Daily Class Schedule


  • Listening
  • TOEFL Reading Preparation and Discussion


  • TOEFL Grammar for Writing
  • Pronunciation and Idioms


  • Everyday and Academic Vocabulary
  • Academic Reading Skills


  • Conversation and Culture
  • Writing Skills Workshop


  • Grammar Through Listening and Speaking
  • English in Action:  Experiencing American Culture


Learner Outcomes

Instructional Components
  • TOEFL preparation (internet and paper -based) and Institutional TOEFL offered three times per year (paper-based)
  • Integrated academic preparation in reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation and grammar
  • The study of United States culture
  • Computer literacy
  • Development of study skills



ELI students on F1 visa attend class 20 hours per week. Each session is eight weeks long; there are five sessions per year. Students may attend multiple sessions. Class attendance is mandatory when class in in session for all international students with F-1 visa.  ELI helps students gain confidence and academic skills necessary to transfer into academic credit classes. We accept students on many types of other visa's as long as study or enrichment is permissible. People on a tourist visa can take 10-16 hours a week of non-TOEFL enrichment ESL classes.



1 year of formal English Training.  Students must be 18 to take this class.  We do accept minors 16 and older with a local guardian. 
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Section Title
English Language Institute
Section Schedule
Date and Time TBA
Course Fee(s)
Fees not-for-credit $50.00
Section Notes
$50 Application Fee ELI
Section Title
English Language Institute Session 1
M, T, W, Th
10:30AM to 3:00PM
Aug 22, 2022 to Oct 13, 2022
9:00AM to 1:00PM
Aug 26, 2022 to Oct 14, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
Course Fee(s)
Fees not-for-credit $1,915.00
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