Welcome to the Michigan State University English Language Center and congratulations on being chosen to take part in the PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program! We are thrilled that you will be coming to East Lansing, Michigan this summer, and we are working hard to provide the best possible experience for you as you begin your teacher training journey at MSU. Over the next several weeks, we will continue to provide program updates to the website, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Program Description

The PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program at MSU is a six-week English language certificate program for in-service English teachers from Brazil. The program consists of English language study and practice in Teaching English as a Foreign Language methodology, as well as exposure to U.S. culture and society.

Program Schedule

The PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program consists of English and Methodology classes 4 days a week, teaching seminars, and trips. There will be two free weekends when participants can travel if they wish. 

Arrival Instructions & Orientation

Prior to your arrival in East Lansing, Michigan, the MSU English Language Center will provide you with access to the program Facebook page so that you have opportunities to communicate your questions and concerns to ELC coordinators. In addition, you may contact the ELC program coordinators at the email addresses and phone numbers provided below with any questions.

MSU English Language Center program coordinators will pick up your group at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The airport is an hour and a half drive from MSU. After arrival at MSU, you will be checked in to your residence hall.

On the day after your arrival in East Lansing, you will have a day of orientation where program coordinators will go over the schedule, residence hall facilities, campus resources, and safety guidelines. Then you will be given a walking tour of campus and take the bus to a nearby department store where you can purchase personal items like toiletries and laundry soap.

Housing Information

During your time at MSU, you will be housed on-campus in double occupancy rooms in Butterfield Hall in the Brody Neighborhood. You can watch a virtual tour of the residence hall on the Butterfield Hall website. The residence hall will provide you will bed linens and towels, so you do not have to bring these items from home.

The Brody Neighborhood is a short walk (15 to 20 minutes) from the center of campus, but you will also be given a bus pass (cata.org).

Meal Information

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You will be provided with three meals a day, which you can take at either Brody Square or The Vista at Shaw Hall. For more information about these dining facilities, please visit eatatstate.com. Brody Square is a highly ranked university dining facility, and at both facilities, you will find a huge variety of food that you will be able to eat as much (or as little) of as you like.


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During the three week program, you will have an MSU ID and will have the same access to university facilities as MSU students.  These facilities include: MSU libraries, Intramural (IM) Sports facilities, MSU computer labs, health care and counseling centers, etc. 

Michigan State University

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Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan in the Midwest of the United States, and its campus is one of the largest in the U.S.  East Lansing is a quiet but active college community, and it is a very safe and relatively inexpensive area to live in compared to larger cities. Founded in 1855, Michigan State University (MSU) is a research-intensive land-grant university that offers more than 200 programs of study for undergraduates and graduate students, taught by more than 5,000 academic faculty members in seventeen degree-granting colleges. About 50,000 students attend MSU, which is one of the leading universities in international research, education, and outreach programs.

The English Language Center

The English Language Center (ELC), established in 1961 in the College of Arts and Letters, serves the English language needs of MSU’s international students, scholars and visitors. In particular, the ELC serves two types of students: those admitted directly for intensive English study and those provisionally admitted who need to take intensive English courses in order to meet minimum language requirements. Currently, the ELC has several graduate students and 25 full time faculty, all with master’s degrees in TESOL or a related field and many years of teaching experience in country and abroad. 

View the ELC brochure to learn more about our Center

The English Language Center is situated in Wells Hall, which is located in the center of the Michigan State University campus.

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MSU is in the city of East Lansing, which is in the southern part of Michigan. It is a short car ride from other cities such as Ann Arbor and Detroit, and it is surrounded by lakes and natural beauty. It is also conveniently situated for excursions to popular tourist attractions such as Mackinac Island, the city of Chicago, and Niagara Falls in Canada.


English Language Center
619 Red Cedar Road Room Wells Hall B230
East Lansing, Michigan 48824

Contact Information

MSU English Language Center



Mark Albee

Mark Albee, External Programs Coordinator


517-884-4322 (office)

517-703-4600 (emergency contact number)

Kim Benedicto

Kimberly Benedicto, Special Programs Coordinator