English Language Institute FAQs

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What is the difference between the English Language Institute (ELI) and the Intensive English Program (IEP)?

Faulkner University’s English Language Institute is a department of the University that provides several programs and services for non-native English speakers. The main offering of the ELI is its Intensive English Language Program. The IEP is a prescribed course of study for non-English speaking students to gain English proficiency, acclimate to American colleges, and enhance study skills for future academic pursuits and employment reasons. Therefore, students enrolled in the IEP may be referred to dually as ELI or IEP students.

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Are resources provided for ELI students with disabilities?

Faulkner University ensures that resources are provided for ELI students with disabilities. Decisions about accommodations for students with disabilities are made on an individual basis based on the student’s diagnosis and documentation. For more information, please consult the ELI Director or the University’s Center for Disabilities (also known as Project Key).

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Where can I locate the admission requirements for the English Language Institute (ELI)?

The requirements and procedures for admission to the ELI are located in this ELI program handbook on pp. 22 – 24 under the broad heading “Enrollment in the English Language Institute” section and are also available online at ww2.faulkner.edu/ELI/ and click on ‘Application.’

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Can students enroll in the ELI Program at any time?

Students can enroll in the ELI Program in the fall, spring, or summer semester providing enrollment is adequate to justify the offering. These semesters begin on the same date with the semesters for the traditional undergraduate programs.

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Does admission to the ELI constitute admission to Faulkner University?

Admission to the ELI does not constitute regular admission to Faulkner University. ELI students who complete the IEP program are expected to be academically qualified to meet Faulkner University’s regular admission requirements.

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Am I an international applicant?

For the purpose of admission, Faulkner University defines international applicant as any non-United States citizen.

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Are there specific steps for the admission of international students?

In addition to the regular steps in the admission process for the ELI Program, there are very important additional steps necessary for the admission of international students. These steps include the following:

Financial Certification form and all supporting documentation.

For more information, refer to the sub-section entitled “Additional Steps for International Students” on p. 23 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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How long will the admission process take for international students?

Processing time will vary by country. Faulkner University recommends that you apply at least three months in advance in order to ensure timely processing of the application. After a prospective student has completed the steps of the application process, Faulkner will review the materials and consider the request for admission into the ELI. If the University determines that the applicant has met the institution’s admission requirements, then the student will receive an official notification of acceptance and directions for initial registration and enrollment. Faulkner will also issue an I-20 form. The I-20 form will allow you to interview for the F-1 US visa at the consulate in your home country. Please consult the Admissions Office or the ELI Director for additional information.

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What is your policy regarding the submission of international documents such as transcripts?

All documents must provide certified, translated transcript(s) of previous education training from all institutions outside the United States. Certification of documents can be arranged by contacting Lisano International or World Education Services. For more information, consult the Registrar’s office or the ELI Director.

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Are there any immunizations or health records required?

All ELI students must provide a completed health form and documentation of the immunizations contained in the ELI Program Handbook on pp. 24 – 25.

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Am I required to have health insurance and /or other student insurance upon admission to the ELI Program?

All ELI students are fully responsible for obtaining adequate health insurance and international student insurance (if applicable) prior to beginning ELI coursework. For more information, refer to the sections entitled “Health Insurance” and “International Student Insurance” on pp. 28 – 29 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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What is taught in the IEP program?

The IEP Program focuses on five language skills: listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. These are offered in three core subject areas: Listening and Speaking; Reading & Writing; and Grammar. Elective courses are also provided to address the special needs of students in areas such as TOEFL preparation, academic vocabulary, business English, pronunciation skills, accent reduction and American idioms.

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In what timeframe is the IEP program offered?

The IEP Program follows the same three semester terms (fall, spring, and summer) as all other Faulkner programs. However, unlike the semesters for other programs all three semesters for the program are 15 weeks in length. Each IEP program semester begins with 7 weeks of classes followed by a one week break and then 7 more weeks of classes. All semesters begin at the same time as the regular University schedule indicates.

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What time of day are IEP classes offered?

The IEP Program courses are offered Monday – Thursday beginning at 8:00 a.m. and continuing until 3:30 p.m. (one hour is allowed for lunch). If a student does not qualify for electives then the program is from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Class Schedule” on p. 16 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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How long will it take to complete the IEP?

The IEP consists of four levels each lasting one semester (15 weeks duration). Students are assessed to determine the level they can be enrolled in. Therefore, if a student enrolls in the lowest level (High Beginner) then the program will take four semesters to complete, providing the student successfully passes each level. However, if a student is enrolled in the highest level (Advanced) then the program will take only one semester to complete, again providing that the student passes the level.

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Do I need to take a placement test even though I have taken similar classes at another institution?

Intensive English Language Programs (IEP) vary among institutions. In order to properly place you in the appropriate academic level (indicative of your ability), all ELI students will complete an initial assessment (IEP Placement Test) to determine placement based on their skill level.

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What is the difference between the IEP Placement Test and the English Placement Test?

The IEP Placement Test is designed for all non-native speakers of English and it tests listening, reading, grammar, and writing skills. The English Placement Test is designed for native speakers of English who do not meet Faulkner University’s general admission standards for college level courses. The purpose of the English Placement Test is to provide guidance in placing students in the proper courses according to their needs.

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Can I skip to a higher level in the IEP?

All IEP students will complete an initial assessment to determine placement based on their skill level. At the completion of each level, IEP students will complete an additional assessment prior to advancement to a higher level. Students will be enrolled in the level indicated by the result of the aforementioned assessment.

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Can I take other classes along with my IEP courses?

The IEP’s Bridge Program offers highly skilled Advanced Level students the opportunity to complete college level courses concurrent with completing the IEP courses. Advanced Level students who request an evaluation and receive the approval of two IEP instructors are eligible for the Bridge Program. Students may also take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and achieve an acceptable score to establish eligibility for the Bridge Program. Students can consult the ELI Director for additional information.

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What if I need a tutor?

The ELI hires and trains Faulkner University students who are proficient in English to tutor ELI students. You can arrange for a tutor to be assigned to you by making a request to the ELI Director.

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Who teaches the ELI courses?

Full-time and part-time professors with certificates and/or graduate degrees in English as a Second Language (or similar programs of study) are utilized by Faulkner to teach all courses offered by the ELI. In most cases these instructors are experienced in teaching English as a Second Language courses at the University level.

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Do ELI Program courses carry regular college credit?

ELI Program courses are for institutional credit only. Institutional credit cannot be applied toward graduation. However, ELI courses are required for ELI students to qualify for regular college credits after successful completion of the program.

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Do I have to buy textbooks?

All ELI courses require textbooks as indicated in the individual course syllabi. Students are required to purchase textbooks. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Textbooks [and Resources]” on p. 20 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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Where do I buy my textbooks?

All ELI textbooks can be purchased via the University bookstore. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Textbooks [and Resources]” on p. 20 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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If I have to stop attending classes after classes begin, what should I do?

ELI students are subject to the University’s withdrawal policies if they need to drop a class or withdraw from the program. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Changes in Class Schedules” on p. 16 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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If I can’t come to class, what should I do?

ELI students are subject to the University’s attendance policies, as well as the specific course policies included in the course syllabus. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Attendance Policies” on p. 17 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director or specific course instructor.

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What happens after I finish the IEP program?

ELI students that complete the IEP Program satisfy Faulkner’s regular admission requirements and are expected to be academically qualified to pursue degree programs. Students interested in regular admission to Faulkner University, should contact the Faulkner University Admissions Office or consult the ELI Director.

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Do ELI courses transfer to other institutions?

Because Intensive English Language Programs (IEP) vary among institutions, Faulkner University cannot guarantee courses will transfer. Students will need to contact the college of interest to ascertain whether Faulkner’s courses will be accepted by that institution.

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How much does the ELI program cost?

You can view a current tuition and fee schedule here or it provided on pp. 26 – 27 of the ELI Handbook.

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Will I have access to library services?

Yes, the Gus Nichols Library System (GNLS) is the major academic resources for Faulkner University with extensive collections of academic books and journals, special collections, and links to networked information resources in various electronic formats. For more information, refer to the section entitled “Library Services” on p. 20 of this Program Handbook or consult the ELI Director.

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Seeing that Faulkner is a Christian University, what are the general student conduct expectations?

Faulkner University expects students to live and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with Biblical principles. These principles are conveyed throughout the Bible and are reflected Biblical texts such as Philippians 4:4-9 and Colossians 3:12-17. The University expects students to exhibit behaviors or actions consistent with Biblical principles and the University’s policy, procedures, principles or regulations at all times while a student at Faulkner and/or participating in any University sanctioned event on or off premises.

As Christians, students are expected to adhere to the Student Life standards of conduct at all times for the duration of the time that one is a student at the University, including official University breaks or holidays, and time spent away from a campus. For more information, refer to the section entitled Student Life Regulations, Policies and Procedures beginning on p. 35 in the Student Handbook  (http://sacs.faulkner.edu/upload/9/93/2008_FAU_Student_Handbook.PDF) or consult the ELI Director.

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Why do I need a Faulkner email account?

Upon enrollment, all Faulkner students are required to obtain a Faulkner University computer user account and a Faulkner University email account. The computer user account provides students with access to the student computer resources provided by the University on each campus and via the internet. The University email account is an official means of communication for Faulkner University. The University administration, faculty, and staff utilize the University email as the primary mechanism to communicate with students. All students are responsible for accessing and reading these official communications on a regular basis. Faulkner University email accounts may be accessed by logging on to any computer in a computer lab on a Faulkner campus or via any internet connection and a web browser at http://mail.google.com/a/faulkner.edu.

An enrolled student can establish a computer user account and an email account by completing the online form. A valid (active) Faulkner student identification number, corresponding date of birth, and a preferred password of at least six characters is required to complete the online form (https://secure.faulkner.edu/accounts/?CFID=731556&CFTOKEN=88088319). The University considers the use of another student’s computer user and/or email account as identity theft and a violation of the Faulkner Student Conduct Regulations. The misuse or abuse of computer user and/or email account privileges is also considered a violation of the Faulkner Student Conduct Regulations.

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How can I access grades or account information?

Enrolled Faulkner University students can access grades and business account information via a web-based portal. The portal may be accessed at students.faulkner.edu or the University Registrar’s section of the Faulkner website:
http://ww2.faulkner.edu/services/registrars.asp. A valid Faulkner computer user account is required to login to the portal. After logging into the portal, students can follow the on screen directions to access grades or account information. Student grades are not mailed, so student must use the web-based portal to view grades. Student grades issued by faculty will be available for online access the following day.

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Will I have a Student Identification Card?

Upon enrollment, all ELI students are required to obtain a Faulkner University
Identification Card. The card is provided as part of the registration process. The Faulkner Student Identification Card identifies the individual as a student of the Faulkner’s ELI and allows access to University facilities and resources such as Gus Nichols Library System, University Food Services, computer laboratories, Student Multiplex, intramural sports programs, most on-campus athletic events, and to certain other programs. The Faulkner Student Identification Card also allows access to consortium libraries.

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What is the purpose of the Student Identification Card?

All students are required to carry the Faulkner Identification Card when on a Faulkner campus or property or attending a Faulkner sanctioned event – athletic events, etc. All students should present their Faulkner Identification Card whenever requested by University personnel. Broken, lost or stolen Faulkner Identification Cards should be reported immediately to the Dean of Students on the Montgomery campus and/or the ELI Director. The replacement cost for broken, lost or stolen Faulkner Identification Cards is $50.00. The University considers the use of another student’s Faulkner Identification Card as identity theft and a violation of the Faulkner Student Conduct Regulations. The misuse or abuse of Faulkner Identification Card privileges is also considered a violation of the Faulkner Student Conduct Regulations.

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What is the Faulkner guarantee?

Faulkner University prides itself on serving its students with courtesy and kindness.  Faulkner does not consider student requests to be an imposition but rather an opportunity to serve. At Faulkner students are more than just an identification number. Indeed, they are the very reason for our existence. Students are encouraged to consult their ELI Director, course instructors, or any other Faulkner personnel for clarification of any issue or to obtain answers for any question. The contact information in Appendix C is therefore a useful resource for ELI students as they attend Faulkner.

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Where can I obtain information about American cultural practices and behaviors?

The main heading entitled ‘Living in America’ on p. 38 of the handbook lists two valuable sources regarding American culture.

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What are some of the costs associated with living in the USA?

Appendix B provides detailed information on the various living expenses that one will encounter as they study in the USA.

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What do I need to open a bank account?

In order to open a local bank account you would need to have primary and secondary identification documents. It can be a combination of two primary documents or one primary and one secondary document. Primary documents include Driver’s License, Non-Drivers ID, Passport, Alien Registration Card, Resident/Student Visa Card, etc. Secondary documents include a Social Security Card or a Credit Card. Your foreign student status does not qualify you to have a social security number. Therefore, you may find it useful to make a larger bank deposit to secure services, such as cell phones, utilities and apartments.

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