The English Language Training Institute, a unit of the University of North Carolina Charlotte's Office of International Programs, prepares English language learners to be successful members of the U.S. academic community while promoting intercultural understanding and a global perspective.

To achieve this goal, our program focuses on academic language development in all four skill areas: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Grammar instruction is integrated into all courses within the context of the materials, topics and activities in each class. Additionally, students are introduced to important concepts associated with living and studying in a U.S. institution of higher education. To this end, students at all levels engage in a variety of activities, projects, group discussions, field trips, etc. The language program at ELTI consists of six levels.

In Levels 1 and 2, students write descriptive and narrative paragraphs using foundational English grammar and vocabulary, read texts such as short stories and information-based articles on basic academic topics, and participate in class discussions by asking and answering questions.

In Levels 3 and 4, students produce academic summaries and essays using complex grammar and academic vocabulary; read a wide variety of academic ESL texts, newspaper articles, and novels; and listen to and participate in extended discussions on unfamiliar academic topics.  

In Levels 5 and 6, students produce university-level written work, such as argument-based academic essays and scientific lab reports; listen to university lectures; read university level textbooks and journal articles; and give formal presentations to faculty members and students.

ELTI students are encouraged to use the ELTI computer lab, the University Writing Resources Center, and the Language Resource Center. The Writing Resources Center offers individual tutoring to students who need assistance with their writing. The ELTI lab offers computer stations and work space during the lunch hour for students to collaborate with classmates, use printing services, and access other resources with the assistance on an ELTI instructor. The Language Resource Center offers modern multimedia language support.


PLUS ONE Program: Qualified students in Level 6 are allowed to take a University course for credit in addition to a reduced load of ELTI courses. Students who have completed one full term in the ELTI may participate in this program.