ELI History

Notable Alumni of the English Language Institute

During the May 1994 commencement, Ms. Satu Kujala, a valedictorian and an ELI alumnus from Finland, addressed the audience including the US President Bill Clinton.

Ms. Larisa Aranbayeva, an ELI alumnus, was the graduate student speaker at the May 2006 Gallaudet University commencement.

Ms. Haydee Carmen Garcia, an undergraduate valedictorian and an ELI alumnus from Cuba, addressed the audience at the May 2007 commencement.

On May 13th, 2016 at commencement, Mr. Ardavan Guity from Iran was the undergraduate student speaker and Ms. Tong Song from China was the graduate student speaker. Both students were ELI alumni.

Mr. Ardavan Guity, a graduate student in a combined master's and Ph.D. program at Gallaudet University, was on the stage for the inauguration of President Roberta "Bobbi" J. Cordano on September 30, 2016. This is the first time that an ELI alumnus was picked to be an international representative.

Presentations Bringing Credit to the English Language Institute

In 1989 for Deaf Way I, the ELI staff presented a poster presentation paper "English and the Deaf Way: The English Language Institute for Deaf Students" on the purpose and function of the ELI program in the international deaf community. This paper was co-authored by Cynthia Patschke, Elizabeth Nowell, Nancy Lewis, Sue Roberts, Timothy Anderson, Holly Roth, and Alexander Quaynor.

At the national TESOL convention March 24-28, 1991 in New York City, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson gave a presentation and also created a working paper, "Learning Characteristics of Foreign Deaf Students in An English as a Second Language Program."

The ELI program hosted the "ESL in Deaf Education: Bilingualism in Practice" conference at Gallaudet University's Northwest Campus, June 4 - 6, 1992. Mr. Tim Anderson was one of the workshop facilitators.

In the Summer/Fall 1995 edition of the Bilingual Research Journal (Volume 19, Numbers 3 and 4, page 46982), Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez published his paper, "A Visual-Spatial Approach to ESL in a Bilingual Program with Deaf International Students."

From January to May, 2002, Dr. Corazon Balarbar worked on a research paper about ELI students and published it as "Research: A Descriptive Analysis of the Methods Used in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Multi-Lingual Deaf Students."

In July 2002, the ELI poster presentation and the ELI booth at the Deaf Way II celebration helped to increase ELI student enrollment.

Notable Events Related to the English Language Institute

In the fall of 1987, ELI students won second place at the Gallaudet University homecoming parade for a large float in the shape of a globe.

In the Spring and Fall 1989 semesters, the ELI participated in the Electronic Networks for Interaction (ENFI) Project, which was a networked real-time writing classroom pioneered by Dr. Trenton W. Batson, a professor in the English Department.

On April 4, 1998, the ELI program had its 12th anniversary "A Taste of ELI" celebration and fundraiser. The event was co-chaired by Mr. Olugbenga ('Bunmi) Aina and Mr. Tissa Peiris and took place at Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center (as it was then known). The original concept came from Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson. The name, "A Taste of ELI", was the brainchild of part-time ESL instructor and graduate student from South Africa, Mrs. Nayantra "Nan" Kanaye, whose daughter Divashya is an ELI alumnus.

On April 3, 1999, the ELI program celebrated its 13th anniversary with "A Taste of ELI" banquet, fundraiser, and silent auction. The event was co-chaired by Mr. Tissa Peiris and Mr. Hong-You Xu and was held at a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown.

On April 6, 2007, the Office of International Programs and Services celebrated the 135th anniversary of international student enrollment. Mr. Ali Sanjabi was the chair of the organizing committee for this celebration.

During this period, the ELI resuscitated a special three-week ESL and ASL summer program for Deaf students from Charles University of Prague in the Czech Republic. The first group from Charles University came in June 2007. This program was separate from the regular ELI six-week summer school session.

At the beginning of 2010, the ELI program underwent a self-study in preparation for accreditation.

In the fall of 2011, an application for accreditation was submitted to the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The application was approved and the ELI program formally started the 18 month CEA accreditation process. The process of obtaining accreditation for the first time after 25 years of operation was now officially underway for the ELI program.

In early January, 2014, Mr. Timothy Anderson, was congratulated for 25 years of service to the University.

On April 8th, 2014, Gallaudet University celebrated its 150th Charter Day with a booth fair in the Multipurpose Room (MPR) at the Student Academic Center (SAC). The ELI program participated with a booth of its own.

On April 22, 2014, Dr. Pilar Piñar announced to the ELI team that the ELI has qualified for accreditation under the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for one year from April 2014 to April 2015.

In April, 2014, Mr. Alexander Quaynor was honored by Dr. Gemma Gabor, ELI Program Coordinator, for his 35 years of service to Gallaudet University.

Dr. Gigi Gabor, ELI Program Coordinator, celebrated her fifth work anniversary in early 2015.

On April 21, 2015, Dr. Gemma Gabor announced to the ELI team that the ELI program has received a four year continuing accreditation from CEA for 2015-2019 after laboring for a year to get it extended from one year (e.g. April 2014-April 2015) to five years (e.g. 2015-2019). The English Language Institute is the first deaf ESL program in the USA to be accredited by CEA.

On December 11, 2015, Dr. Pilar Piñar, presented Mr. Ali Sanjabi with a plaque for working at the English Language Institute at Gallaudet University for five years as a permanent employee. He also worked previously at the ELI program first as a student employee and second as a contractor for nine years.

Mr. Alexander Quaynor is the first person to retire from the English Language Institute. His last day of work was on September 30, 2016.

Administrative Changes to the English Language Institute

In the fall semester of 1986, the English Language Institute was informally established by the then International Center on Deafness (ICD), which was located in HMB 117. Mr. Eli Savanick, the director of ICD, hired a teacher, Mr. Wayne Smith along with an assistant, and started a tutorial class as a pilot program. Mr. Wayne Smith had an office near ICD. For the first semester, the first two students were Miguel Giacoman from Honduras and Ali Abdul-Jabbar from Qatar. For the second semester, David Hsu from Taiwan also joined the pilot program as a student.

In the summer of 1987, the ELI was relocated to the Northwest Campus (NWC), an auxiliary campus of Gallaudet University on Kalmia Road NW in Washington, DC, near Silver Spring, MD.

In the fall of 1987, the ELI had its first year at the NW campus of Gallaudet, though separate from the School for the Preparatory Studies. The position of Coordinator was vacant, so with the help of the Dr. Ann Davidson, the Dean of the School for Preparatory Studies, Ms. Cynthia Patschke, Head Teacher, coordinated the ELI program until the position could be filled. Three full time teachers were hired, including Cynthia Patschke, and several part time teachers taught ESL. Holly Roth taught ASL and Nancy Lewis taught Cross-Cultural Communication. Paru Narayan worked for both the English department and for the ELI as administrative assistant.

In August 1988, Cynthia Patschke became Coordinator of ELI. Ms. Elizabeth Nowell, Mr. Timothy Anderson, and Mr. Alexander Quaynor were also hired as full time ESL instructors.

In 1990, Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez became the next ELI coordinator.

In the summer of 1995, the ELI program was moved to the main Gallaudet University campus when the auxiliary Northwest campus (NWC) was closed and sold.

The ELI staff operated from briefcases and borrowed space from the Admission's office, which was then temporarily located in Ely Center. Then the first ELI program offices were temporarily housed on the first floor of the south wing in Hall Memorial Building (HMB), specifically HMB S131, S132, and S133. The ELI offices were moved to the east wing of HMB into Suite E111 approximately three months later. Then the ELI moved into four rooms in the basement of Peet Hall.

In June of 1996, the ELI offices were temporarily relocated to the basement of the Merrill Learning Center (library) while Peet Hall was being renovated. The ELI program was then moved back to the basement of Peet Hall in the fall of 1996.

In August 1998, after Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez left, Mr. Edgar (Bernie) Palmer became the interim director of the ELI in addition to his responsibility as director of the Academic Bowl competition. That same month, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson, senior lead instructors, became co-coordinators of the ELI program and managed it jointly.

In 2000, Mr. Terry Coye became the director of the ELI along with the Tutoring Center and English Works! He was able to convince the administration to move the ELI program back into Hall Memorial Building on the second floor. When English Works! and the Tutoring Center merged into Tutoring & Instructional Programs and moved into the new SAC tutoring center, Mr. Terry Coye moved the ELI program into the rooms previously occupied by the Tutoring Center and English Works! This move back into Hall Memorial Building in order to be more visible to others on the Gallaudet University campus is his legacy.

In June 2003, Mr. Olugbenga Aina, otherwise known as ‘Bunmi, became the director of a newly established, one-stop office that centralized all the university's international operations, the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). The ELI program, along with International Services (formerly International Student Services) and the Center for Global Education (formerly ICD), was housed under OIPS. OIPS was housed in the Center for Academic Programs and Students Services (CAPSS).

In 2005, Mr. Timothy Anderson left the ELI program and became an instructor in the English department at Gallaudet University. Mr. Alexander Quaynor assumed the additional duties that Timothy Anderson formerly had as ELI program co-coordinator. As a result, Mr. Alexander Quaynor became the sole ELI coordinator.

In January, 2008, the Center for Global Education (CGE) and International Services (IS) were transferred to Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO) from the Office of International Programs and Services (OIPS). Mr. ‘Bunmi Aina continued as the director of the ELI until June 2008. In June 2008, the ELI was also moved into RNIO.

On June 17, 2008, Dr. Asiah Mason became the director of the Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS), which consisted of all the former OIPS subunits and the International Outreach portion of RNIO. CIPS consisted of the following units:

1. English Language Institute (ELI);
2. Global Education and Scholar Services (GESS), which was formerly the Center for Global Education (CGE);
3. International Outreach (IO), which was formerly part of Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO);
4. International Student Services (ISS), which was formerly International Services (IS);

CIPS became a unit under College of Professional Studies and Outreach (CPSO) with Dr. Jay Innes as dean. RNIO became Regional and National Outreach (RNO). Throughout this reorganization, Mr. Alexander Quaynor continued as senior lead instructor and coordinator of the ELI program.

In August 2008, Mr. Ali Sanjabi became the Coordinator of Operations for CIPS and the ELI program.

The Fall 2009 semester was the first time the ELI English classes were held in the Hall Memorial Building Atrium classrooms. This prime location helped the HMB Atrium look more alive and active than before and also helped the international students to interact more with other Gallaudet University students.

In August 2010, Mr. Timothy Anderson returned to the ELI program again as an instructor. Mr. Alexander Quaynor had been the senior lead instructor and coordinator of the ELI program for 12 years until Ms. Beverly Buchanan assumed duties as the ELI supervisor full-time in mid-September, 2010. Mr. Alexander Quaynor continued teaching ELI students as he had done for more than twenty years.

On June 30, 2011, the College of Professional Studies and Outreach (CPSO) was dissolved, and the ELI program became an independent entity within the College of Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technologies (CLAST) with Dr. Isaac Agboola as dean. International Outreach (IO) moved back to Regional and National Outreach (RNO) and RNO became Regional, National, and International Outreach (RNIO) again. The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) only consisted of Global Education and Scholar Services (GESS) and International Student Services (ISS).

On April 2, 2012, the Provost decided that the ELI program will move to the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. This department was renamed the Department of World Languages and Cultures in mid-July under the interim chair, Mr. Mark S. Weinberg.

On July 10, 2012, Dr. Gemma Gabor was appointed ELI Coordinator and Mr. Ali Sanjabi became the Operations Support Specialist under the new organizational structure.

On July 28, 2012, Mr. Mark S. Weinberg became the chair of Department of World Languages and Cultures.

On January 6, 2014, Dr. Pilar Piñar became the chair of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. The outgoing chair, Mark Weinberg, stayed in his position until February 1, 2014 in order to complete a response to the December 1, 2013 findings of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) during their October 24-26, 2013 site visit by the deadline on January 24, 2014, which was postponed to January 27, 2014 with the permission of CEA.

The outgoing chair, Mark Weinberg, stayed in his position until February 1, 2014 in order to complete a response. The response was to the December 1, 2013 findings of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) during their October 24-26, 2013 site visit. The deadline for the response was January 24, 2014, but was postponed to January 27, 2014 with the permission of CEA. The response was compiled with the help of the ELI administration outlining factual errors, submitting explanations, and providing additional documentation in order to resolve the site team's concerns.

Coordinators, Directors, and Quasi-Administrators of the English Language Institute

  1. Fall 1986, Mr. Eli Savanick, ICD Director, established the ELI pilot program.
  2. Fall 1987, Dr. Ann Davidson, School for Preparatory Studies Dean, Ms. Cynthia Patschke, Acting ELI Coordinator
  3. August 1988, Ms. Cynthia Patschke, ELI Coordinator
  4. 1990, Mr. Francisco Cordero-Martinez, ELI Coordinator
  5. August 1998, Mr. Edgar (Bernie) Palmer, Academic Bowl Director/Interim ELI Director, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson, ELI Co-Coordinators
  6. 2000, Mr. Terry Coye, Tutoring Center/English Works!/ELI Director, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson, ELI Co-Coordinators
  7. June 2003, Mr. Olugbenga (‘Bunmi) Aina, OIPS Director, Mr. Alexander Quaynor and Mr. Timothy Anderson, ELI Co-Coordinators
  8. 2005, Mr. Olugbenga (‘Bunmi) Aina, OIPS Director, Mr. Alexander Quaynor, ELI Coordinator
  9. June, 2008, Dr. Asiah Mason, CIPS Director, Mr. Alexander Quaynor, ELI Coordinator
  10. August 2008, Dr. Asiah Mason, CIPS Director, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, CIPS Coordinator of Operations, Mr. Alexander Quaynor, ELI Coordinator
  11. September, 2010, Dr. Asiah Mason, CIPS Director, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, CIPS Coordinator of Operations, Ms. Beverly Buchanan, ELI Supervisor
  12. June, 2011, Dr. Isaac Agboola, CLAST Dean, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, CIPS/ELI Coordinator of Operations, Ms. Beverly Buchanan, ELI Supervisor
  13. April, 2012, Mr. Mark S. Weinberg, Interim FLLC Chair, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, ELI Coordinator of Operations, Ms. Beverly Buchanan, ELI Supervisor
  14. July, 2012, Mark S. Weinberg, WLC Chair, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, ELI Operations Support Specialist¸ Dr. Gemma Gabor, ELI Coordinator
  15. January 6, 2014, Dr. Pilar Piñar, WLC Chair, Mr. Ali Sanjabi, ELI Operations Support Specialist¸ Dr. Gemma Gabor, ELI Program Coordinator