Jo Doran, Ph.D., M.F.A.

Assistant Professor & ESL Coordinator, Northern Michigan University


Northern’s English Language Institute (NELI) is Northern Michigan University’s ESL program is a newly-designed program as of August 1, 2013

Course Information:

  • Six levels
    • Early Begginner
    • Beginner
    • Early Intermediate
    • Intermediate
    • Early Advanced
    • Advanced
  • A Pre-Beginner Course
  • A Bridge Program Course
  • One-on-One Tutoring Courses
  • Enrollment at one of five times during the year. For the 2013/2014 academic year:Seven-Week Sessions
    • August
    • October
    • January
    • March
    • May
  • One-week elective course between each seven-week session. Examples of Electives are How to take the TOEFL, American Culture, How to Read a Novel, How to Write a Resume, How to Write a Cover Letter, Understanding/Writing Business English, etc.

Instructor – Student Information:

  • Additional 4 – 6 hours per week of individualized instruction – free of charge
  • Face-to-face classes only


  • Conversation Partners
  • Language-Lab Classes
  • Language-Lab Access for Advanced Work
  • Game Times (Board Games)
  • Social Events to meet and socialize with other international students at NMU and with the community and campus individuals
  • Team Teaching Friday Afternoons in context with academic and community activities