About

IELI Mission Statement

The mission of the International English Language Institute (IELI) at Humboldt State University is to help learners develop the language and cultural skills necessary to achieve their educational and professional goals. We achieve this goal by:

  • Providing high quality instruction in English as a second language that focuses on communicative and experiential language learning opportunities.
  • Providing a supportive learning environment to prepare students for the demands of university study and of their employers in their professional lives.
  • Helping students develop the cultural knowledge and competence to fully participate in the campus community and beyond.
  • Facilitating activities that promote cross-cultural exchanges with members of both the larger campus and the local community.
How to Find Us

The International English Language Institute is housed in the Center for International Programs, located in the Feuerwerker House (House 13), between Mill Street and LK Wood, near Library Circle.

IELI Faculty & Staff

Tyler Bradbury, Academic Program Coordinator

Tyler has been the Academic Program Coordinator at IELI since 2012. Before that, she spent a decade teaching ESL both in the USA and abroad. She is a graduate of Grinnell College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and received her Masters in Education, TESOL from the State University of New York, Buffalo in 2006. She has lived and taught in the People's Republic of China and in several places in France. She speaks French fluently. Exploring new countries and becoming familiar with new cultures is what drew Tyler to ESL; she loves learning about her students' cultures and experiences. Her door is always open for students experiencing academic or cultural adjustment problems!


Amber Thompson, IELI Instructor

An alumna of Humboldt State University, Amber graduated in 1999 with a degree in Elementary Education and minors in Speech Communication and TESOL. She received a Multiple Subjects teaching credential in 2000 from HSU. Amber taught for 5 years at an elementary school in Sacramento. She later became an ESL teacher at the Eureka Adult School. Since May of 2012, Amber has taught ESL at the International English Language Institute. When she isn’t teaching English at HSU, Amber enjoys running, hiking, and traveling.


Laurel Jean, IELI Instructor

Laurel has been with IELI since the summer of 2015. She holds a BA from HSU in Creative Writing, and a dual-emphasis MA from HSU in the Teaching of Writing and Literature. Before working with IELI, Laurel was a substitute teacher for Eureka City Schools. She also taught a year of Freshman composition during her time as a graduate student. Laurel has always wanted to be a teacher.


Leslie DiSalvo, IELI Instructor

Leslie graduated with a bachelor of arts in Modern Languages and Global Culture/ Spanish from Eastern Oregon University and received her Master’s in Education, TESOL from California State University, San Bernadino. She speaks Spanish fluently and has provided both oral interpretation and translation for the Spanish-speaking community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Leslie also has a strong background in studio art and enjoys integrating creative approaches to language learning. When not in the classroom she enjoys hiking, sewing and gardening.


IELI Activities Assistant

Alice Caria came to the United States of America in 2008 as a student in the IELI. She did not speak any English when she came to the United States. She learned a lot during her time in the IELI and was able to transfer to College of the Redwoods to major in Liberal Arts. She has been helping students and volunteering as an IELI student ambassador for the last few years. Now Alice works as the IELI Activities Assistant, where she create IELI activities, field trips, and events. Alice is fluent in Japanese and she knows a little of many languages.  In her free time, Alice enjoys learning languages, shopping and crafting. She also loves cooking and baking.