As practical preparation for ministry, the English Language Institute will prepare students of English as a second language 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.

The full ELI program is now available to all students.

High school diploma and minimum TOEFL iBT score of 61 required.

Program Plan – Students may enter the ELI program in the fall and must complete 2 semesters successfully to earn a TOEFL waiver for undergraduate and graduate programs (non-PhD and MTS) at SWBTS.

Fall Semester – 18 hours total

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. Language Lab fee.

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.

 Spring Semester – 18 hours total

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. Language Lab fee.

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.