The University of South Florida's first English Language Program was established in 1978, offering English language instruction to international students interested in studying at USF or other American universities. It was originally known as the English Language Center and was managed by both the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Continuing Education. Later, it was renamed the English Language Institute (ELI) and was moved under the Department of World Languages, in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2010, it became the English Language Program (ELP) and was moved under INTO USF in Academic Affairs.
For more than 30 years, ELP has had close ties to the MA program in Applied Linguistics, and later the multidisciplinary PhD program in Second Language Acquisition and Instructional Technology. The ELP is a teaching and learning laboratory, a place where graduate students from these programs do research and gain valuable teaching experience. The ELP also provides a Mentoring Program that pairs MA students with experienced ESL instructors during a two-semester practicum.
The ELP provides English language courses for many purposes. It delivers the Academic English Program and for-credit English courses for the INTO USF Pathway Program. The ELP has also offered customized special programs for international universities and the community, including courses for international student groups, international English teachers, local Tampa Bay workers, and USF researchers.
The English Language Program has been accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) since 2002. Currently the English Language Program is accredited by CEA for the period of December 2017 through December 2027. The English Language Program agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.