Guide to the English Language Institute Records

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Oregon State University. English Language Institute.
Title: English Language Institute Records
Dates: 1982-2000 ( inclusive )
1993-1998 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1.2 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Collection Number: RG 234
Summary: The English Language Institute Records document the promotional activities and special programs of the intensive English language instruction program established at Oregon State University in 1965.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Contact Information: Special Collections & Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Established in 1965, the English Language Institute (ELI) offers intensive English language instruction to English language learners on the OSU campus in Corvallis and through distance education as well as instruction to teachers on best practices for teaching foreign languages or English as a second language. ELI is a self-supporting unit at Oregon State University and provides a conditional admission program for OSU students whose English proficiency is below the required level for full OSU admission. ELI enrolls students from around the world with many participants from Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America.

The Yemen-American Language Institute, an intensive English Language teaching program in Sana'a, Yemen Araba Republic, was operated and managed through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Agency for International Development and the English Language Institute from 1985 to 1990.

The Asia University America Program was established at OSU in 1988 to bring Japanese students from the Asia University in Tokyo to OSU for intensive English language training as well as classes in American history and culture and physical education. The English Language Institute designed and implemented the program, which was also established at three Washington universities. The program at OSU was closed in August 1994.

Content Description

The English Language Institute (ELI) Records document the Institute's outreach and promotion to potential students, including participation in American education fairs overseas, and reflect ELI's interaction with prospective students, recruitment agents, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. The records include agreements, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, proposals, reports, and videotapes. The records also document special programs administered by ELI, including the Yemen-American Language Institute and the Asia University America Program. The five videotapes include four promotional productions about the English Language Institute prepared in 1994-1998 and a recording of the 1998 memorial service for Chika Kobayashi, a Japanese student enrolled in the ELI program who died in a car accident in Oregon.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

English Languate Institute Records (RG 234), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information :  

Records transferred from the English Language Institute in 2006.

Future Additions :  

Additions to the collection are expected.

Processing Note :  

This collection is not fully processed; this guide is preliminary and does not include a folder or box list.

Related Materials :  

Records of the Yemen-American Langage Institute and the Asia University America Program are part of the International Education Records (RG 164). The Asia University America Program Photographs (P 209) are maintained as a separate collection.


  • Corporate Names :
  • Asia University America Program (Oregon State University)
  • Subject Terms :
  • English language-Study and teaching--Oregon--Corvallis--Foreign speakers.
  • Students, Foreign--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Videotapes.

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