ELI History

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.