Having an informed cross-cultural perspective will help our students interact with IELI classmates from diverse cultures, and all members of the university community.
Students are more than language learners; they are people with preferences and individual goals.
Students at all levels of language proficiency can engage in scholarship, critical thinking, and problem solving.
Learners' abilities develop differentially in the various language skills. Therefore, in administering the curriculum we want students to be able to progress through the lELI program according to their individual needs and performances.
We can serve students well by helping them become independent, autonomous learners capable of functioning on their own in a university environment.
Therefore, we value materials and tasks oriented toward university success, and recognize that such success requires knowledge of the American university culture and academic genres as well as linguistic competence.