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RIT English Language Center publications

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITArc-0175

Scope and Contents

The RIT English Language Center publications and t-shirt consists of published materials from the English Language Center (ELC) at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). The collection includes printed directories for students enrolled at ELC from 1993-2011. Additionally, there are printed brochures advertising ELC services, a memorandum updating RIT faculty and staff on the program's accomplishments, and copies of ELC's newsletter, The International Connection.


  • Creation: 1989-2007


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The English Language Center (ELC) was established at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in 1979. The ELC was formed as a resource for non-native English speakers who hoped to attend an American University. Students that graduated from high school and had previous experience learning English could enroll in the program to immerse themselves in the English language and American culture. The ELC's curriculum included a set of core classes in the morning, followed by a series of electives in the afternoon. These electives covered a range of topics from American culture to business communication to TOEFL exam preparation. In order to increase exposure to American culture, individuals enrolled at the ELC typically lived in campus residence halls and were invited to participate in a variety of activities and social events.

The ELC also sponsored an English language program for international executives. Non-native speakers in the business community could enroll in the ELC's program to improve their business communication skills. The program focused on pronunciation, listening/speaking, and writing.

As of 2011, the ELC was still open on RIT's campus, helping to serve non-native English speakers planning to attend a university in the United States.


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Materials related to the English Language Center (ELC) at the Rochester Institute of Technology and its activities. The ELC was started in 1979 to help non-native English speakers planning to attend an American university learn the English language and better understand American culture. The collection includes student directories, brochures, and correspondence.


The collection is divided into five series: Directories, Brochures, Correspondence, Newsletters, and T-shirts. Materials are arranged chronologically within each series. The t-shirt in the collection is housed in a separate box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 07:56

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in May 2011.

RIT English Language Center publications
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
01 June 2011
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA