What is ELI?
The English Language Institute (ELI) is a full-time English language training program at MiraCosta College. The program offers 8-week classes starting in January, March, June, August and October. Classes meet 4 hours per day, 20 hours per week. ELI provides 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. Students must be at least 18 years old or live with a certified legal guardian near the college. The program is fun and students learn a lot.
Meet Diana a MiraCosta international student who attended ELI and is now enrolled in a college program in Computer Studies
- Please briefly introduce yourself
My name is Diana Monsalvo and I am from Colombia
- What made you choose MiraCosta College (MCC)?
I chose MiraCosta College because my family heard that it was a good institution for international students, they would help you and guide you through every step while you assist in the college
- What would be the most difficulty you have had while studying in the US?
Since I came here I’ve had a lot of obstacles, and one of them was the language. Because when I came here I could not speak English, it was really hard for me. I remember when I started my English program (ELI) all of my classmates could speak the language, so I felt so frustrated and I just wanted to go back to my country. However, the good thing was that my teachers were so dedicated with me. They put a lot effort on their classes so I could understand them. I feel so grateful to them because thanks to them my English went from 0 to 100. After 7 months attending ELI, I could understand and have a full conversation in English
- Have you ever studied anywhere else besides the US?
No, I have never studied in another country
- How did you learn English and prepare for studying abroad?
I learned English and I prepared myself in MiraCosta ELI program. Based on my experience, I can say that this program is the best. ELI instructors are wonderful, especially Zakia. She really put her time to teach me the language. It was amazing how she could do that. I really can tell how grateful I am, and how my English has been improved, since I started from that program
- What is your most favorite place at MCC? Please tell us three things you like about MCC
My favorite place is the Library. It is a great place to study and stay focused on your classes. Also, there are a lot of tutors who can help, which is wonderful for international students. I am studying in a country which your language is completely different, but it is great when I know that I get a lot of help from Student Resources at MiraCosta College, such as Writing Center, Math Learning Center, Tutoring and Academic Support Center, and Computer Science Lab. That makes it easier and gives us more confidence when studying
- How long have you attended MCC and what is your goal? Do you have a school that you want to attend?
I have been studied in MiraCosta College for 2 years, but this is my second semester as college student who officially takes credit classes. I spent a year attending ELI at MiraCosta. I don’t have yet any specific school I want to transfer to
- What is a piece of advice you have for new students?
My advice for the new students is: “Believe in yourself. In spite of all the changes that you will face – such as teachers, colleagues, freedom and new responsibilities in general – you must know that they are fears that everyone must face and that you will be able to overcome them with your inner strength”
- As a Columbian international student, what are the three interesting things about your country you would want us to know?
Our culture, food, and tradition are really three important components in my country which I am really proud of. I always share them with my new friends and classmates
- Is there anything you want to share to our readers?
MiraCosta is a really good institution, and if you are an MiraCosta international student like I am, you know that I am right. 😉