English Language Institute

Experienced Teachers

Professionals in ESL Instruction

Instructors in the ELI are passionate about teaching, and are ready to help students adjust to living and studying in the United States.  Teachers in the ELI:

  • have master's- and PhD-level training in teaching English to speakers of other languages or training in a related field
  • are actively involved in professional development activities
  • use communicative teaching methodology
  • have international experience


Authors of ESL Textbooks and Teaching Materials

The ELI is known for the Pitt Series in English as a Second Language, a series of vocabulary and writing textbooks written by ELI Instructors.  ELI Instructors have also written listening textbooks and have created numerous teaching materials.


Researchers and Presenters at Conferences

As part of the University of Pittsburgh, Instructors in the ELI regularly engage in research with ELI students in order to improve understanding of how people learn foreign languages -- and to help the ELI's students learn better.  This research has been published in academic journals and has been presented at both local and international conferences.