English Learner Institute (ELI)

The English Learner Institute (ELI) is a noncredit program that focuses on helping members of the community develop basic English and other skills - including technology, life and social skills - that are essential to American culture. Anyone who is a newcomer to the United States, or needs to develop basic English skills, is eligible for this program.

Available at the Lowell campus the English Learner Institute consists of various noncredit day and evening courses (offered at a reduced rate) that vary in length, from six to fourteen weeks. As part of the Institute, a free program called Prepare to Attend College (PAC), is offered three times a year. English Learner Institute courses are non-sequential, which allow students to enter at various times during the year. These classes continue to be a bridge for non-native English speakers who often enroll in credit classes at MCC.

The Fall 2024 Prepare to Attend College (PAC) classes are listed below.

IEL 100 50 (11383)
Prepare to Attend - Level 1
September 23 to November 22
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
9:00 am-10:45 am
Lowell Cowan Center
Faithe MacElliott
IEL 100 52 (11385)
Prepare to Attend - Level 2
September 23 to November 22
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00 am-12:45 pm
Lowell Cowan Center
Faithe MacElliott

For more information on how to register for IEL 100 50 or IEL 100 52, e-mail  Katy at  gentilek@middlesex.edu

The Spring 2024 Holistic English 2 class is FULL and no longer accepting registrations.

The Spring 2024 dates for the Holistic English 3 class are as follows.  The last day to register is Thursday, April 11, 2024.

IEL 101 50 (20129)
Holistic English 3
April 16 to May 24
11:30 am to 2 pm
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Lowell Cowan Center
Charles Zhang
Cost: $250

To register and pay for IEL 101 50- Holistic English 3 call 1-800-818-3434 or register at the Lowell Student Information Center located at Middlesex Community College, Cowan Center - 3rd floor, 33 Kearney Square, Lowell, MA 01852

General information, please contact:

Katy Gentile


Last Modified: 4/8/24