The following resources may be useful to help your students improve their English skills. Please feel free to link to this page on your Moodle site, share it in your syllabus, and refer students to these resources as needed throughout the semester.
You can also print and share these campus ESL Resources for Students.
The Minnesota English Language Program offers a range of different Academic English (AEP) courses that target reading and writing, listening and speaking, grammar, business English, and pronunciation skills. If you are not sure what course to take, or you need a permission number to register, please contact email@example.com for more information.
Please note: Most of our courses require students to receive a permission number: this is so that we can verify that students are being placed in the course that will provide them the greatest support. Students can contact the MELP office by phone (612-624-1503) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), and provide their student ID number to receive a permission number.
Nondegree students who are not yet admitted to the University of Minnesota can take intensive English coursework by applying to our Intensive English Program. E-mail email@example.com for more information about how to apply.
If you are an international undergraduate student and you need English language support, SELS is an on-campus service that offers free 45-minute consultations to international undergraduate students to help develop their English skills.
During a consultation, students can work with trained consultants on any English language skill, including writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, social skills, and listening.
The University of Minnesota offers a variety of options to help students improve and get feedback on their writing:
- Center for Writing Student Writing Support: Make an appointment to meet with a writing consultant.
- First-Year Writing Courses for Non-Native Speakers of English: Find out about which writing courses are offered for multilingual learners.
- Graduate School Writing Support for Non-Native Speakers of English: Learn about specific writing resources for graduate international students.
- Especially for Multilingual Writers: Watch videos to learn writing strategies from other multilingual writers.
- Articles Tutorial, from Student Writing Support: Learn tips for how to use articles (a, an, the) correctly.
One of the best ways for students to improve their language skills is to get practice. The opportunities below provide different ways to practice English while getting involved on campus!
- Culture Talks at the Minnesota English Language Program: Join students from around the world to practice English, and enjoy coffee and snacks.
- TandemPlus Conversation Partner Program: These face-to-face exchanges match native speakers of two different languages who want to learn each other’s language.
- International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Small World Coffee Hour: Small World Coffee Hour (SWCH) hosts events throughout the semester where students come together to learn about a new cultures, food and customs.
- ISSS Cross-Cultural Discussion Groups: During weekly discussions, you will share cross-cultural experiences and reflect on various topics with other U of M classmates, including friendship/relationships, taboos and stereotypes, culture shock, educational systems around the world, and much more.
- ISSS Academic Resources for International Students: This site can help students, staff, instructors, advisers, and faculty navigate the wide variety of services and support for international students at the U of M.
- Research Assistance with Peer Research Consultants: Consultants are U of M students who provide one-on-one assistance to help you develop the research strategies needed to write an excellent research paper.
- University Library Guide for International Students: This online guide, also offered in Korean and Chinese, introduces you to some aspects of the US library system.
- Tutoring through the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE): The MCAE tutorial staff offers one-on-one and group assistance for help in gateway courses and skills such as mathematics, sciences, statistics, economics, writing, and library research.
- Tutoring at SMART Learning Commons: Peer Learning Consultant hours are available at Wilson, Magrath, and Walter libraries during fall and spring semesters.
- Student Counseling Services (SCS): SCS counselors can help with a variety of challenges, and are specialized in helping students improve academic performance.
- Student Academic Success Services (SASS): Take Academic Success courses, get individualized coaching, and find online study skills tips.