My name is YueJiao Li, but everyone calls me Crystal. I come from China. As a 19 year old international student, it wasn't easy to study oversea alone. However, the teachers and staff in ELI helped me and walked with me through the toughest times.
In ELI, I made friends from different countries; I learnt English and American culture; I had the most precious experience. I soon passed the TOEFL exam and entered JSU. Four years later, I graduated from JSU with a Marketing degree, GPA 3.6. After one year working experience in a Marketing corporation as an Event Specialist, I decided to go back to JSU to pursue my masters degree. Last December I graduated with an MBA.
A paragraph or two cannot express my experience in the ELI and JSU, but I can say that those are the most precious years I have had in my life.
Hello, my name is Veerapat Bhasavanich (Tam). I am from Thailand. I used to attend the English Language Institute at Jacksonville State University.
I had great experiences when I attended ELI. I got a chance to meet people from different countries and different nationalities. I also got the chance to study English the whole day with expert teachers. ELI helped me to prepare for the university. Not only that, ELI also helped me prepared for SAT, ACT, TOEFL, and a lot more. Now, I am majoring in Business Management at JSU.
I really enjoyed the time when I was in ELI. I am really thankful for having such an amazing teachers. I am now on my own and I will do my best.
When I came to ELI I did not know anything. I couldn’t speak English very well. I could only say “Yes” and “No” and a few simple sentences. After a few months of studying I could speak very well. I started taking the IELTS exams and received low grades, but after a few more months of studying I passed the IELTS exam and was able to continue my studies at the university with the degree that I want to study.
During my time here at ELI there are a few things that I have enjoyed the most. I think that it is a great experience living in Jacksonville because it is a safe and quite city where I can relax and spend time with my friends, and study when I need to. However, the most enjoyable part of studying at ELI is the teachers. My teachers have helped me improve my language every day. They spend time with me in class and out of class to help me accomplish my goals. I enjoy the variety of classes that I have at ELI because there are very academic classes as well as fun and social classes.
I am sad to say that I will be leaving ELI at the end of the summer, but I will always remember my time here, how my English has improved and I am certain I will stay in touch with my teachers for many years!
Hello, my name is Irma and I am from the Congo in Africa. When I came to ELI I didn't know much English and I was too shy to use the little English that I did know. Everybody here at ELI helped me speak more and become confident with English. Even though my English was not the best at the beginning, my teachers constantly encouraged me to use the language and practice every day. I studied at ELI for 6 months before I started studying Business Management at Jacksonville State University. Those 6 months helped me become comfortable using English in the classroom and understand how to truly study at the University.
Some of my favorite memories from my time at ELI are the field trips we took. We had a great time traveling to museums in Birmingham, local trips to learn about Jacksonville, and going to campus events. I will always remember my time at ELI with a smile and when I graduate in 2 years with a degree from a U.S. university, I will think back on how ELI was my first step to fulfilling this dream.